Episode 3: A Telling Silence
From the Production Journal of Michael Landon Jr. and Brian Bird, Executive Producers and Creators of "When Calls the Heart"
One of the meaningful things that happens on a film set is our sense of family and common purpose. I wish our audience could be here to experience it. It’s taken a few episodes to start firing on all cylinders, but there is a lot of bonding going on here in Episode 3. I’m especially thankful for the wonderful little actress, Mamie Laverock, we’ve cast to play the character of "Rosaleen Sullivan." Not to give away any spoilers, but Mamie absolutely broke my heart when she came in to audition for Rosaleen, the young daughter of a man who has died in the Coal Valley mine disaster. Rosaleen has not spoken (we call that "elective mutism") since that day and it’s now Elizabeth’s job to try to reach the child, to break through her "Telling Silence" (hence the title of this episode) and when she finally does – in the bowels of our Coal Valley mine set in the middle of the night – little Mamie gave us a tour de force acting performance. The entire crew was is in tears, and I don’t believe there will be a dry eye across America when our wonderful viewers see that scene either.