Hallmark Channel's Summer Nights event features all-new romantic movies Saturday nights at 9/8c. Find out more about the cast members starring in the movies, including some new additions to the Hallmark family!
Chloe Bridges stars as Hayley in Love, For Real
Chloe Bridges is an actress from New Orleans, Louisiana. She began acting at the age of 12, landing her first big role as Zoey, the niece of Freddie Prinze Jr. in ABC’s sitcom “Freddie.” She then starred opposite the Jonas Brothers in the Disney Channel Original Movie “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.”
She is perhaps best known for her role of Donna LaDonna in the CW series “The Carrie Diaires,” a prequel to the original “Sex & the City,” and her role as Sydney Driscoll in “Pretty Little Liars.” Most recently, Chloe has appeared in the recurring roles of Paloma on ABC’s “Schooled,” Tessa on the CW’s “Charmed,” and Roxy on Netflix’s “Insatiable.”
Chloe recently filmed the ABC pilot, “Maggie.”
She graduated from Columbia University in 2020 with a BA in political science. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her fiancé Adam Devine, whom she met in 2014 on the set of Columbia Pictures’ “The Final Girls.”
Chloe is repped by APA, Bridges Entertainment, and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher.
Scott Michael Foster stars as Luke in Love, For Real
Scott Michael Foster can next be seen recurring in the third season of Netflix’s YOU. He starred as ‘Nathaniel Plimpton’ on the award winning CW musical series, Crazy Ex Girlfriend immediately after starring as ‘Kristoff’ in ABC’s Once Upon a Time, the character made famous in Disney Animation’s Frozen.
Scott previously recurred opposite David Duchovny on Showtime’s Californication and AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire. Scott started his acting career as ‘Cappie’ on ABC Family’s Greek.
Scott is also an accomplished singer and musician.
Corbin Bleu stars as Marco in Love, For Real
Corbin Bleu comes from an extensive background in film, television and theatre. Bleu is probably best known for playing Chad Danforth in Disney’s Emmy Award-winning High School Musical franchise. Corbin was recently seen on Broadway as Lucentio/Bill Calhoun in the Tony award nominated, 2019 revival of Kiss Me Kate for the Roundabout Theater Co at the legendary Studio 54. Corbin also starred as Ted Hanover in the Tony-nominated production of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, winning Bleu the Chita Rivera Award for Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show. Additional Broadway credits include: Godspell (Jesus) and In the Heights (Usnavi). Other stage highlights include Hairspray (Seaweed) and Mamma Mia! (Sky), both at The Hollywood Bowl. In 2018, Corbin starred as Don Lockwood, the role made famous by Gene Kelly in The Muny's centennial season production of Singin' in the Rain as well as starred in Anything Goes at the legendary Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Also in 2018, Corbin was honored as Entertainer of the Year award from the Tremaine National Gala honoring his work in the dance industry.
Bleu’s film credits include: To Write Love on Her Arms (starring opposite Kat Dennings), Nurse 3-D and The Monkey's Paw, to name a few. Corbin’s television credits include: Supergirl, Franklin & Bash, Blue Bloods, Psych, Castle, The Fosters, Chicago Med, and most recently Dynasty. In 2013, Corbin partnered with Karina Smirnoff on the multi-Emmy Award-winning ABC hit Dancing with the Stars, placing a close second.
A Brooklyn native, Corbin currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Sasha.
Taiana Tully stars as Bree in Love, For Real
Taiana Tully is an actress, dancer, singer, and model from Honolulu, Hawai’i. She was born into a family of performers, and has been training in Hula and Tahitian dance since she could walk. Taiana started dancing professionally at the age of 7, and has traveled internationally on an annual tour with the Polynesian dance theatrical company, Tunui’s Royal Polynesians. Ever since she was a child, Taiana had a special love for TV and movies. In her junior year of high school, Taiana decided that she wanted to pursue acting professionally. Taiana was involved in her high school theater programs, film programs, and received private acting coaching at a local community theater. Taiana won several awards for best actress at her high school for her roles in student films and on stage. Taiana was picked up by her first agent after being scouted at her high school’s musical production of The Fantasticks. Soon after graduating, Taiana booked her first professional role in a Christian feature film called The Lost Adventure, A Journey Off the Map. After an eventful summer, Taiana moved to Los Angeles to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, a private performing arts conservatory. During preparation of her last exam play, Taiana was involved in a serious car accident that immediately forced her to move back to Hawaii to get proper care. While Taiana took some time to recover, she earned her degree from AADA remotely, and briefly moved to England to be with a friend who was also involved in the car accident. While in Sheffield, England, Taiana continued to train in classical singing with an accredited Royal Schools of Music teacher. When Taiana was visiting Hawai’i for the holidays, she signed with talent agency Bliss Models and Talent, and booked a feature film, Water Like Fire, which compelled her to stay in Hawai’i instead of taking her return flight back to England. Since then, Taiana has appeared in over a dozen commercials for companies such as McDonald’s, Island Insurance, and Zippy’s, various feature films such as Aloha Surf Hotel and Water Like Fire, along with several network television shows with a recurring role on Magnum P.I., a guest star role on Hawaii 5-0, as well as a guest star role on Netflix series The Naked Director. Taiana was the lead in two different films featured at the Hawaii International Film Festival in 2020, Water Like Fire and Aloha Surf Hotel. When Taiana is not working in film or tv productions, she is a character performer for Disney. Taiana loves working with children, bonding with animals, and spending time in nature. She is an avid gym-goer and mental health advocate working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bellevue University. Taiana’s youngest brother, Teagan, lives with special needs, and cannot eat, walk, talk, nor breathe on his own. Taiana is very passionate about spreading awareness of children with special needs like Teagan, and how important it is to give them the opportunity to still be a kid and have fun. Taiana hopes to spread love, joy, excitement, hope, and compassion around the world with the art of storytelling through movies and television.
Andrew Walker stars as Jack in The 27-Hour Day
Andrew Walker was a lead on the Lifetime series “Against the Wall” and has guest-starred on hit TV shows, including “ER,” “CSI: Miami,” “CSI: New York,” “Without a Trace,” “The Big Bang Theory” and the Hallmark Channel original series “When Calls the Heart.” Walker starred alongside Jodie Sweetin in “Merry & Bright,” which premiered in 2019 during Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas,” as well as opposite Ashley Greene in “Christmas on My Mind,” which premiered on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries and “Christmas Tree Lane” alongside Alicia Witt last year during the network’s annual “Miracles of Christmas” programming event.
Walker won the Borsos Award at the Whistler Film Festival for his performance in the feature film Steel Toes alongside Academy Award® nominee David Strathairn. More recent feature film credits include God Bless the Broken Road, Loaded and Penthouse North, opposite Michelle Monaghan and Michael Keaton. Walker has also starred in the Hallmark Channel original movies, including “The Perfect Catch,” “Love on Ice,” “A Dream of Christmas,” “Love Struck Café” and “Bottled with Love.”
Walker can next be seen starring in the science fiction feature Oxalis, which he also produced.
Autumn Reeser stars as Lauren in The 27-Hour Day
Autumn Reeser is known for her ability to deftly balance comedy and drama, particularly in the roles she’s played as Lizzy Grant on HBO’s “Entourage,” Taylor Townsend on FOX’s “The O.C.” and Katie Andrews on ABC’S “No Ordinary Family.” She was also a series regular on the Shawn Ryan drama series “Last Resort” opposite Andre Braugher and Scott Speedman. Over the past few years, Reeser has recurred on CBS’ “Hawaii Five-O” after her arc on USA’s “Necessary Roughness,” as well as memorable arcs on Amazon’s “Salvation” and the E! series “The Arrangement.”
On the feature side, Reeser has appeared in Clint Eastwood’s Sully with Tom Hanks, The Big Bang opposite Antonio Banderas and Sam Elliot, Valley of Bones opposite Rhys Coiro, Sony’s Kill ’Em All opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Weinstein’s So Undercover with Miley Cyrus and Jeremy Piven. Reeser has starred in eight romantic dramas for Hallmark Channel and is one of their most popular leading ladies. Most recently wrapped production on the independent, La Llorona.
In addition to her extensive film and television career, Reeser is a longtime theatre performer. She starred in the West Coast premiere of Nicky Silver’s Too Much Sun at the Odyssey Theater and was a member of the WorkJuice Players, alongside Busy Phillips and Paul F. Tompkins.
Now living in Los Angeles with her two sons, Finn and Dashiell, Reeser is a familiar face to Hallmark Channel viewers, having starred in the network’s original movies “Christmas Under the Stars,” “Valentine Ever After,” “I Do, I Do, I Do,” “Midnight Masquerade,” “Love at the Thanksgiving Parade,” “A Country Wedding,” “Love on the Menu,” “Season for Love” and “All Summer Long,” as well as “A Bramble House Christmas,” which premiered on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries in 2017.
Lillian Doucet-Rouche stars as Heather in The 27-Hour Day
Lillian grew up in Ottawa, where her theatre and acting training began at an Arts High School, studying theatre every day. Lillian's passion and eagerness to learn, then took her to London England for 9 months where she studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA). Then travelling to Studio 58 in Vancouver, BC for the 3-year acting program, graduating in 2016 with a scholarship for demonstrating strong comedic ability and dedication to the program. Shortly after graduation, Lillian booked a supporting lead role in a feature film starring Helen Hunt and William Hurt. Since then she has been successful in booking guest starring roles for ABC and Netflix, as well as other leading and supporting lead roles for Netflix, Nickelodeon and HBO Max, one of which landed her a Leo Nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Catch Lillian next in “A Cinderella Story: Starstruck” coming to HBO Max this summer, as well as “The 27-Hour Day” coming to Hallmark August 7th.
Jack Wagner stars as Mick in Sealed With a Kiss: Wedding March 6
During a career that has spanned over 30 years, Jack Wagner has proven himself to be not just a triple, but also a quadruple threat. Though most well-known for his work in television, Wagner has achieved great recognition as an accomplished stage actor, musician, and holds the rare distinction of being a scratch golfer. He currently stars on Hallmark Channel’s acclaimed drama series “When Calls the Heart,” which recently wrapped its fifth season, and will return for season six in 2019. In addition to that, Wagner recently starred in and executive produced the original telefilm “The Wedding March,” which has now spawned four additional films within the franchise, and he guest starred on Showtime’s “Ray Donovan.”
Musically, Wagner recently released his long-awaited, sixth full-length album, On the Porch. A collection of 12 original songs, all written or co-written by the Missouri native, the album takes Wagner back to his Americana roots. On the Porch, produced by Dave Darling, has an authentic down-home feel brimming with textured acoustic instrumentation (slide guitar, dobro, mandolin, etc.). The collaboration resulted in a thoroughly gratifying 41-minute listening experience.
In 1983, after graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Wagner landed the starring role on the number one daytime series, “General Hospital.” Portraying rocker Frisco Jones afforded him the opportunity to record songs for the show, which eventually led to a multi-album deal with Quincy Jones’ Warner Bros. imprint, Qwest Records. Wagner’s debut LP released in 1984, spawned a massive hit single in the title track, “All I Need.” He would go on to release four follow-up albums, generating four more top 40 singles.
Wagner’s draw to the theater led him to star in two widely heralded national touring productions, first as Tony in West Side Story in 1987, and next playing Danny Zuko in Grease in 1988. His work in theater culminated in 2000 when he was cast in the title role(s) of a lifetime in the Broadway production of Jekyll and Hyde.
In the 1990s Wagner jumped to primetime television as Dr. Peter Burns on the hit show “Melrose Place” where he spent five years on the set as, not only an actor, but directing episodes as well. More television opportunities followed, including a nine-year run on the huge national and international hit series “The Bold and The Beautiful,” numerous guest starring roles on shows such as “Hot in Cleveland,” “Castle,” “Monk” and 16 movies of the week, for which he was producer on several of them. Wagner was also featured in Season 14 of “Dancing with the Stars.”
As a golfer, Wagner has emerged victorious in six club championships at his home course in Los Angeles, The BelAir Country Club. In 1990, partnered with John Cook, he won the Pebble Beach AT&T ProAm event. As well, he is a two-time winner of the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship which takes place each July in Lake Tahoe and is broadcasted live on NBC.
Also philanthropically inclined, Wagner is the National Celebrity Ambassador of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which benefits from the annual Jack Wagner Celebrity Golf Classic. Wagner has spent many tireless hours for this charity, fueled by a personal connection to the disease, having lost his father to blood cancer in 1990, and his brother’s leukemia diagnosis in 1999.
Equally comfortable on screen, stage, singing and playing guitar for a live audience, or lining up a 30-foot putt, Jack Wagner is a fearless performer just now hitting his stride.
Josie Bissett stars as Olivia in Sealed With a Kiss: Wedding March 6
Josie Bissett is recognized internationally for her role as the popular Jane Mancini on FOX-TV’s “Melrose Place,” which ended its successful seven-year run in May 1999. To date, she has graced over 50 magazine covers, including such publications as TV Guide, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Shape’s Fit Pregnancy and New Woman.
She appeared for five seasons on ABC Family Channel’s hit breakout teen-pregnancy drama series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” created and executive produced by Brenda Hampton (“7th Heaven”). Bissett played Kathleen Bowman, mother to good girl Grace.
Bissett starred opposite Jack Wagner in the highly-rated Hallmark Channel franchise movie “The Wedding March,” as well as in “The Wedding March 2: Resorting to Love,” which debuted June 17, 2017 and marks the network’s highest-rated and most-watched original June movie premiere among HH ratings and Total Viewer delivery. A third movie “Wedding March 3: Valentine’s Wedding” premiered in February 2018. Bissett also recently had a recurring role opposite Jack Wagner in the Hallmark television series “When Calls The Heart.” She previously starred opposite James Brolin in Hallmark Movie Channels’ first-ever original holiday movie, “Christmas with Tucker,” which premiered as part of their “Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas” holiday initiative. “Christmas with Tucker” was the Most Watched Hallmark Movie Channel Original Premiere among HH’s and W25-54 in network history! Bissett also starred opposite Matthew Settle in the original Christmas film “Paper Angels,” which premiered on UP TV. Additionally, she starred in the Lifetime original telefilms “A Mother’s Instinct” and “Pregnant at 17.”
Bissett’s first children’s book, Tickle Monster, became a national sensation, getting kids and parents to laugh, laugh, laugh! Tickle Monster is an inspiring and beautifully illustrated storybook for kids, based on a treasured family tradition that Bissett has continued with her own kids. Fuzzy “Tickle Monster’” mitts, an interactive companion piece to the book, are available and packaged in an adorable gift set. Parents can wear the gloves to tickle their children while reading along to the clever text.
Tickle Monster and publisher Compendium, Inc. were awarded the PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved) Media Inc.’s Seal of Approval for excellence in parenting products. Tickle Monster earned the Publisher’s Choice Award from the Family Magazine Group, and Bissett was named “Celebrity Mom of the Year” by the Mom’s Choice Awards (MCA), an annual awards program that recognizes authors, inventors, companies and parents for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media, products and services. Bissett and her children were also featured on the cover of MCA’s Entro magazine. Her ability to offer parenting advice and bring laughter in the lives of families, along with her mission to live life as a whole and balanced person, made Bissett the perfect choice for the Mom’s Choice Team.
As a follow-up to the highly successful Tickle Monster, Bissett wrote her second children’s book, Boogie Monster, and both titles are currently available in major bookstores. With a lovable new character from Planet Boogie, whose only mission is to inspire kids to dance, dance, dance, Boogie Monster teaches kids that there’s no right or wrong way to dance. In the process, kids build confidence and have fun exercising. The book is available as a complete dance kit, packaged in a colorful, reusable keepsake gift box with magnetic closure, and including the book, a pair of Boogie Monster Legs Leggings and a full-length music CD by Recess Monkey. The Boogie Monster Dance Kit was the recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award, honoring excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. In addition, the Dance Kit won the Moonbeam Gold Medal at the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards.
Bissett’s first book, Little Bits of Wisdom, was inspired by the birth of her first child in 2001, and is now in its third printing. It is a heart-warming collection of parenting wisdom and childrearing tricks of the trade gathered from more than 1,000 parents and grandparents throughout the world. Two years later, she completed a second book, Making Memories, which featured over 200 ways for parents to create rich family memories with their children that last a lifetime. Tens of thousands of parents have already embraced this magical book, the premise of which is so simple and powerful: The moments with our children pass so quickly, but the memories we create today will last forever.
The Seattle native began her career in front of the camera at the age of 12 as a model in print advertisements and television commercials. At 16, she left home and moved to Japan to further her career and at 17, she headed to Hollywood to make her mark. Soon she landed the role of Cara on “The Hogan Family,” where she spent two seasons. Within two years of her arrival in Los Angeles, Bissett was cast on “Melrose Place” and quickly became one of television’s most recognizable actors. In recent years, she has had the opportunity to explore many diverse and interesting characters in such projects as the ABC movies “The Fire Above” and “Dare to Love,” the FOX telefilm “Deadly Vows” and the USA cable film “Baby Monitor: Sound of Fear.” She starred in the ABC Family Channel original film “I Do, They Don’t,” a romantic comedy about two widowed parents whose spontaneous marriage thrusts them into the position of having to blend two families into one. In addition, Bissett starred in the Lifetime Television original film “The Other Woman,” based on the bestselling novel by Joy Fielding and directed by Jason Priestley. She has also made numerous guest-starring appearances including NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”
On the big screen, Bissett made her feature film debut in Oliver Stone’s The Doors, in which she played the wife of Doors’ guitarist Robbie Krieger. Her subsequent films include the coming-of-age comedy Book of Love and the psychological thriller Mikey.
In addition to acting, Bissett has hosted numerous shows, most recently co-hosting Lifetime’s morning talk show, “The Balancing Act.” Previously, she hosted “Parenting & Beyond,” a show that offered parents creative solutions to everyday problems in order for them to have more quality time to enjoy their family and watch their children growing up. She also hosted the PBS educational special, “Teach More, Love More,” which followed four families, each with a child in one of the four critical stages of early childhood development -- newborn, infancy, toddlerhood and preschool. As host, Bissett guided viewers through the program, which explores the joys, fears and a myriad of questions that accompany the beginning of life. “Teach More, Love More” included interviews with nationally renowned experts such as Dr. T. Berry Brazelton.
Bissett has been the face of several national commercial campaigns, including Neutrogena’s skin care line and Dr. Scholl’s Pedicure Essentials, an entire line of 14 different products designed to pamper the feet. Additionally, she was a spokesperson for Murad Skin Care’s Resurgence® Regimen, the first comprehensive line of products formulated exclusively to help revitalize and rebuild hormonally aging skin.
Bissett resides in Seattle with her 15-year-old daughter Maya and her new husband Tom Doig. She is currently working on her next children’s book. For more information, please visit www.JosieBissett.com.
Nathan Witte stars as Curt in Sealed With a Kiss: Wedding March 6
Nathan Witte is no stranger to the world of acting or business of filmmaking. Since the age of seven, he’s acted in and produced short films which soon led Witte to his first on-set experience as an extra in the series “Caitlin’s Way.” He had the acting bug but didn’t really know it until he was 18 years old and decided to become a working professional by moving to Vancouver to achieve his greater aspirations.
After 14 years, Witte has amassed a large body of work from his appearances on hit television series including “Supernatural,” “Arrow,” “Rogue,” “Arctic Air,” “Motive,” “Continuum,” “Wayward Pines,” “Van Helsing,” “Travelers,” “Riverdale” and “A Million Little Things,” among others. Most recently he was seen playing a demon named Godric in season two of the reboot of “Charmed,” as Crow Agent Miguel Robles in “Batwoman” and as Corey in his first produce “bro-mantic” comedy feature film, The Perfect Pickup, now streaming on Amazon Prime.
Fans can follow Witte on social media to get up-to-date information about his upcoming live performance as M in the acclaimed stage play, Cock, by Mike Bartlett and directed by Carmel Amit and Caitlin Stryker. The production will be live streamed online in HD in September 2020.
Christine Ko stars as Amanda in Sweet Pecan Summer
Christine Ko currently stars as Emma in the FX series “Dave.” The series is based off real-life rapper and comedian Dave Burd, best known to his fans as Lil Dicky, and is executive produced by Kevin Hart and Scooter Braun, among others. Most recently, she was seen as the female lead in the Netflix original film “Tigertail,” from director Alan Yang.
Ko’s other recent credits include the short film Yugen, which screened at Film Independent, the Seth Grahame Smith and Marc Webb produced series “Just Beyond” for Disney+, Greg Daniels’ Amazon series “Upload” and a season-long arc on “Hawaii Five-0” for CBS. She was also featured as the female lead in Justin Bieber’s most recent music video, “Hold On.”
Ko’s additional television credits include the CBS comedy series “The Great Indoors” and the second season of HBO’s hit football comedy series “Ballers,” where she played a Miami socialite opposite Andy Garcia. She also starred in the digital series “Relationship Status,” alongside Milo Ventimiglia and Shawn Ashmore.
Ko is a graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Arts in communication and minor in finance.
Wes Brown stars as J.P. in Sweet Pecan Summer
Wes Brown was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he attended Louisiana State University. Prior to graduating from LSU, Brown got his big break right in his home state filming the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced 2006 sports drama, “Glory Road,” which shot on location in Southern Louisiana. Soon after, he relocated to Los Angeles and landed another supporting role in the Warner Bros. feature, We Are Marshall, playing actor Ian McShane’s son.
Brown is perhaps best known for his role on HBO’s hit vampire series “True Blood,” in which he played Luke, a former football player with a vengeance against vampires.
Brown also had guest-starring roles on CBS’s “CSI: Miami,” “Criminal Minds,” “NCIS” and “NCIS: New Orleans,” and on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” along with recurring roles on the NBC medical drama “Trauma,” The CW’s “90210” and “Hart of Dixie,” and ABC’s “Private Practice” and David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks.” He also portrayed Disney’s legendary Gaston on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time.” Additionally, Brown was a series regular on the Lifetime network’s “Beach Girls,” starring Rob Lowe, as well as on NBC’s “Deception.”
A favorite of Hallmark Channel fans, Brown has starred in the Hallmark Channel original movies “June in January,” “Love Begins,” “Love’s Resounding Courage,” “Shadow on The Mesa,” “Love Under the Stars,” “Christmas Cookies,” “Over the Moon in Love,” “Christmas at Graceland” and “Wedding at Graceland.”
Lauren Tom stars as Carol in Sweet Pecan Summer
Lauren Tom is an Obie Award-winning actress, known for her roles as a dutiful daughter in the film The Joy Luck Club, as Ross’ girlfriend Julie on the classic NBC sitcom “Friends” and as Mrs. Tran on “Supernatural.” She also lent her voice talents on the animated series “Futurama” as the beloved character, Amy.
On television, Tom starred as a series regular in “Andi Mack” on The Disney Channel and on the Guillermo Del Toro series, “3Below: Tales of Arcadia” and “Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia.” She had a recurring role in the Amazon series, “Goliath,” alongside Billy Bob Thornton, and as Lucy’s mom in ABC’s “The Rookie.” Tom was a series regular on the ABC series “Men in Trees,” NBC’s “DAG” and ABC’s “Grace Under Fire,” with Brett Butler. She also had a recurring stint on the Showtime series, “Barbershop.”
On the big screen, Tom appeared in the films Grandma, with Lily Tomlin, Bad Santa, In Good Company, When a Man Loves a Woman, Mr. Jones, With Friends Like These, Catfish in Black Bean Sauce and Manhood.
Tom’s other voice work can be heard in the animated series “King of the Hill,” “Codename: Kids Next Door,” “Teacher’s Pet,” “Rocket Power,” “Max Steel,” “Batman,” “Superman,” “Kim Possible,” “Baby Clifford,” “American Dragon” and the animated home video, “Mulan II.”
On Broadway, Tom appeared in A Chorus Line, Hurlyburly and Doonesbury and has worked with directors such as Peter Sellars and Joanne Akalaitis at the Goodman and Guthrie Theaters, the La Jolla Playhouse and the Kennedy Center.
Her one-woman show, 25 Psychics, an engaging, humorous look at her quest for inner peace, premiered at HBO’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. The show received Dramalogue Awards for Best Performance and Best Direction.
Tom can also be seen in her first motion capture game, “Ghost of Tsushima,” as Lady Masako.
Tom has also published personal essays in Brain, Child Magazine, East West Woman, Strut and Freshyarn.com, and is currently writing a book based on these essays.
Jen Lilley stars as Maggie in A Little Daytime Drama
A star on both the silver and small screens, including the Academy Award-winning film, The Artist, NBC’s iconic daytime series “Days of Our Lives,” ABC’s “General Hospital,” and a regular leading lady on Hallmark Channel, actress/singer/philanthropist Jen Lilley has tackled countless roles throughout her illustrious career.
Lilley’s creative prowess does not end when the director yells cut as she is also a singer and songwriter. When not busy in front of the camera, or perfecting her vocals in studio, she can be found hosting her podcast, "Fostering Hope with Jen Lilley," to demystify the foster care system and encourage loving people to get involved in the cause.
She is a true champion for charities. In addition to donating 100% of her music profits to create a neighborhood model of safe loving foster homes, she co-founded Christmas is Not Cancelled, Inc., a marketing company that raises awareness and funds for amazing causes and nonprofits while giving participants the chance to win huge prizes.
As a teenager, Lilley garnered the National Educators Award for her work in Guatemala. She is known for advocating children’s rights and supports charities that focus on protecting children against physical and sexual abuse, human trafficking, and the world water crisis. Truly selfless, she is a foster and adoptive parent herself and is a celebrity ambassador for the child abuse and treatment organization Childhelp, Project Orphans, ECPAT, Olive Crest, The Dave Thomas Foundation, The Thirst Project, The Los Angeles Mission, Oneless, A21, Children of the Night and the Innocent Justice Foundation.
Ryan Paevey stars as Darin in A Little Daytime Drama
Ryan Paevey launched his career in December 2013, playing Detective Nathan West on ABC's “General Hospital.” His character instantly became a fan favorite, and he spent four years on the show. Paevey’s departure became one of the most mourned deaths in the history of the soap.
During his time on “General Hospital,” Paevey also starred in the Hallmark Channel original movies “Unleashing Mr. Darcy” in 2016 and “Harvest Love” in 2017. In 2018, he appeared in “Marrying Mr. Darcy” on Hallmark Channel and “Hope at Christmas” on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. In 2019, Paevey starred the Hallmark Channel original movies “From Friend to Fiancé,” “A Summer Romance” and “Christmas at the Plaza,” and was seen in a guest arc on the BET drama “Games People Play.” Most recently, Paevey was seen in Hallmark Channel’s “Matching Hearts” and “A Timeless Christmas.”
Born and raised in Southern California, Paevey spent most of his childhood exploring the great outdoors. Acting was never on his radar growing up, and he was happiest when he was outside camping, hiking or rock climbing. Though he’s a true outdoorsman at heart, his striking features
caught the attention of a modeling agency, and he started modeling on the side for extra cash while working in construction. Aside from his print work, Paevey was featured in Christina Aguilera's music video, “Your Body.”
On his days off, Paevey can be found (or, actually, not found) scouting out uncharted territories for the occasional cliff jumping session or finding other ways to satisfy his craving for thrill seeking – sitting still is not an option. He is also a self-proclaimed nerd, loving video games and all things tech.
Linda Dano is an American actress, author and businesswoman. She is
well-known for her roles in daytime drama, in particular as Rae Cummings on “One Life to Live” and Felicia Gallant on “Another World.” She was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award five
times, winning once for Lead Actress in 1993 for her work on “Another World.” Dano also co- hosted the talk show “Attitudes” on Lifetime and has had a long-running clothing and home- furnishings line with QVC, first partnering with the home shopping channel in 1993. Recently,
Dano returned to daytime in her recurring role of Vivian Alamain on “Days of Our Lives.”
Linda Dano stars as Alice in A Little Daytime Drama
Linda Dano is an American actress, author and businesswoman. She is
well-known for her roles in daytime drama, in particular as Rae Cummings
on “One Life to Live” and Felicia Gallant on “Another World.” She was
nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award five times, winning once for Lead
Actress in 1993 for her work on “Another World.” Dano also co-hosted the
talk show “Attitudes” on Lifetime and has had a long-running clothing
and home-furnishings line with QVC, first partnering with the home
shopping channel in 1993. Recently, Dano returned to daytime in her
recurring role of Vivian Alamain on “Days of Our Lives.”
Pascale Hutton stars as Paige in You Had Me at Aloha
Pascale Hutton grew up in Creston, British Columbia, with hippie parents who harvested their own honey and were huge proponents of the Moosewood Cookbook. Her childhood was spent swimming in the raging Goat River, chasing chickens and swinging from a trapeze hung from the rafters of their old barn.
After performing in living room productions of “Winnie the Pooh” and The Life and Death of Marie Antoinette, in which she starred as Rabbit and Marie Antoinette, respectively, Hutton went on to study in the University of Alberta’s BFA acting program. Upon graduation she moved to Vancouver because of her desire to eat great sushi and act – both aspirations have worked out quite well.
In addition to her role on “When Calls the Heart,” Hutton has starred in a number of Hallmark Channel original movies including “My One and Only,” “Summer of Dreams,” “The Perfect Bride” and “The Perfect Bride: Wedding Bells.”
Kavan Smith stars as Ben in You Had Me at Aloha
Kavan Smith is an intelligent, thoughtful actor, blessed with a wide and versatile range. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, both Smith and his brother were raised by his father when his parents divorced. He excelled in many sports as a child and focused on football and martial arts. During his teenage years, Smith cultivated a love for performing with a friend. They would often skip school to record and rehearse skits they would eventually take public on local buses and to shopping centers. After graduation, Smith attended the University of Calgary and worked towards a degree in Economics but dropped out after a year and-a-half.
He spent a year contemplating his next move and then enrolled in the Mount Royal University performing arts program. It was there that Smith developed a love of books and started writing. Soon after graduating he landed a lead role on the Canadian television show “Destiny Ridge” and moved to Vancouver. Smith has been continuously adding versatile film and television roles to his acting repertoire since discovering his passion for performance.
In 1999, he caught the eye of Brian DePalma and was cast in the sci-fi adventure Mission to Mars.
Since then he has played key roles in FOX’s “Human Target,” The CW series “Smallville” and “Supernatural,” SyFy’s “The Outer Limits,” “Sanctuary,” “Battlestar Galactica”, USA’s “Fairly Legal” and DirecTV’s “Rogue.” Smith has also had large recurring roles in USA’s “The 4400” as Jed Garrity, SyFy’s “Stargate: Atlantis” as Major Evan Lorne, SyFy’s “Eureka” as Deputy Andy, ABC’s “Mistresses” as Ellis Boone, The CW’s “Supernatural” as Cuthbert Sinclair and recently, in the hit Netflix/BBC show, “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.”
He can currently be seen in Hallmark Channel’s popular series, “When Calls the Heart” in the role of Leland Coulter.
Eloise Mumford stars as Annie in The Baker's Son
A 2009 graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Eloise Mumford understudied Elisabeth Moss in Speed-the-Plow on Broadway while still in school, ultimately performing opposite William H. Macy and Raul Esparza. She made her TV debut as one of the female leads on Kyle Killen’s Fox series “Lone Star” with Jimmy Wolk and Jon Voight.Mumford played Dakota Johnson’s best friend in all three of the Universal Pictures’ Fifty Shades of Grey franchise films. In addition to recurring on the hit NBC series “Chicago Fire,” she can be seen next in the independent film “We Are Unsatisfied” with Billy Crystal.
Brant Daugherty stars as Matt in The Baker's Son
Brant Daugherty is best known to TV audiences from his starring role as Noel Kahn on the hit ABC Family series “Pretty Little Liars,” as well as his performance in Fifty Shades Freed, the third in the blockbuster Fifty Shades film trilogy. He has had recurring roles in executive producer Milo Ventimiglia’s Go90 social media drama series “Relationship Status,” “Freakish,” Lifetime’s “Army Wives,” and a recurring role on “Dear White People.”Daugherty starred in the feature film Another Tango, and he was a contestant in Season 17 of “Dancing with the Stars,” in which he was partnered with Peta Murgatroyd. He has appeared in several independent feature films, most notably the 2013 spoof The Starving Games.
Mallory Jansen stars as Victoria in Her Pen Pal
Mallory Jansen is an Australian actress, born and raised in Melbourne. Jansen studied drama in New York in 2011, being coached by some of the world’s best acting, accent, analysis, method and film teachers at some of the most renowned schools such as Stella Adler and T. Schreiber Studios.After completing her studies, Jansen returned to Australia where it wasn’t long before she scored roles on a string of mini-series hits. They included Channel Nine’s “Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War”, Channel Ten’s “Mr & Mrs Murder” and Australian Broadcasting Commission’s (ABC) “Twentysomething”. However, it was her role playing supermodel Helena Christensen on Channel 7’s “Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS” that proved she was making a name for herself in the Australian TV industry and which also created a flutter of interest for the young actress in Los Angeles.Jansen made the move over to the United States in mid-2013 and only weeks later scored her first recurring role of Caroline Huntington in ABC Family’s “Young & Hungry,” shortly followed by the recurring role of Georgie Farlow in ABC Family’s hit show “Baby Daddy”.That same year news broke that Jansen was to play the starring role of Madalena in ABC’s fresh new TV series “Galavant,” a medieval musical comedy featuring original musical numbers from award-winning composer and Broadway legend, Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and written and created by Dan Fogelman (“This Is Us”). Jansen garnered much critical acclaim for her portrayal of the sharp tongued and hilariously evil Queen.Immediately after wrapping the second season of “Galavant,” Jansen was cast in the fourth season of ABC’s hit show “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Over the course of the season, Jansen portrayed three different roles: Aida, an artificial intelligence Life Model Decoy; Agnes Kitsworth, Radcliffe’s former Australian lover; and Madame Hydra, the iconic Marvel comic book character.Recently, Jansen has appeared in numerous hit network shows including, “This Is Us” and “American Housewife.” She also recurred as Special Agent Margo James in Mark Wahlberg’s action packed drama “Shooter” on USA Network.
Joshua Sasse stars as Jacques in Her Pen Pal
Joshua Sasse is best known for playing the titular role of Dan Fogelman’s ABC series “Galavant.” He was most recently seen as the lead of the CW show “No Tomorrow” and the DirecTV series “Rogue” opposite Thandie Newton.
On the film side, he can be seen in the independent features The Big I Am and Frankenstein’s Army.
Sasse’s career started on the stage when he starred as Sky in the West End production of Mamma Mia!.
Chad Michael Murray stars as Brody in Sand Dollar Cove
Chad Michael Murray first rose to prominence with fan favorite roles on the Warner Bros. dramas “Dawson’s Creek” and “Gilmore Girls.” He became a household name with his leading role as Lucas Scott in the massive Warner Bros. television hit “One Tree Hill” from 2003-2012, during which he won three Teen Choice Awards. He showcased his talents as a leading actor playing the outcast-turned-cool-kid throughout his near-decade run. He took position behind the camera as well, both writing and directing an episode of the series.
Murray is currently in production on the action-thriller Killing Field, starring as Eric, a man whose life on his serene farm is interrupted when a cop and a pair of dangerous criminals shows up. Bruce Willis, Kate Katzman, Donna D’errico, Swen Temmel, and Zack Ward also star.
Murray most recently wrapped production on Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman, starring as America’s most infamous serial killer. The film is slated for theatrical release in August 2021 through Fathom Events. He will also be seen in the upcoming “The Fortress” and “The Fortress 2,” also starring Bruce Willis as well as Jesse Metcalfe.
Recently, he starred in the television movies “Colors of Love” and “Too Close for Christmas,” both opposite Jessica Lowndes. Murray has also starred in Lionsgate’s 2020 action film “Survive the Night” alongside Bruce Willis; the Hallmark Channel original movie “Write Before Christmas,” alongside Torrey DeVitto; seasons three and four of the hit teen drama “Riverdale,” in which he played an enigmatic cult leader; and as Atticus Virtue in the family sci-fi thriller Max Winslow and the House of Secrets, which told the story of five teenagers who competed to win a mansion owned by entrepreneur and scientist, Virtue.
Murray starred in feature films ranging from the romantic comedies A Cinderella Story, as the romantic lead opposite Hilary Duff, and Freaky Friday opposite Lindsay Lohan, to the horror movie House of Wax, for which he won another Teen Choice Award. Murray took on dramatic feature film work in the war drama Home of the Brave, alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Jessica Biel, and with a lead role in the critically acclaimed drama Fruitvale Station opposite Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer. Following those roles, he starred in the drama Other People's Children and the western Outlaws and Angels.
Murray also has published two novels: Everlast released in 2011, and American Drifter: An Exhilarating Tale of Love and Murder, which was co-authored by Heather Graham and released in 2017.
Murray is a native of New York, and currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
Clare Bowen stars as Pam in Sand Dollar Cove
Clare Maree Bowen was born on an island in the middle of the Pacific. Years before landing the role of Scarlett O’Connor on the CMT/HULU TV series “Nashville” and launching her career as a singer/songwriter, Clare Bowen was growing up in rural Australia, miles from the nearest city, writing down everything she felt, heard, saw and dreamed.
“Music was my connection to the rest of the world,” she says. As a child who spent more time around animals than people, she often “Didn’t do social very well...but music is the universal language. I felt no barrier there. I was brought up on my parents’ vinyl collection – everything from Paul Simon to Gilbert & Sullivan, Vivaldi to Elvis to Dolly to Springsteen, Edith Piaf and Etta James.”
Those references quickly expanded to include country legends like Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash. Bowen heard her first broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry on the wireless in her grandad’s kitchen. Soon after, her classical vocal coach paused one of their lessons to comment on the country lilt that had naturally crept into Bowen’s voice. It would be another decade or so before she’d duet with heavyweights like Zac Brown and Vince Gill, record songs with Grammy-winning producers like T Bone Burnett and Buddy Miller, or tour the United States with “Nashville” co-star Charles Esten, but those early experiences helped plant the seed, pushing Bowen toward Nashville and its musical community.
Along the way, she established herself as an in-demand actress on both sides of the Atlantic, earning critical praise in the highly controversial Australian film The Combination, directed by David Field, and as the leading role of Wendla in the Sydney Theatre Company’s musical production of Spring Awakening. It was during this time that Bowen took the advice of the STC’s artistic director, Oscar winner, Cate Blanchett, and bought a one-way ticket to Los Angeles in 2012. During her first year in America, she caught the bus to her “Nashville” audition and landed the gig, playing a young poet turned songwriter, whose folk and Americana songs are influenced by a challenging childhood. For Bowen, who was diagnosed with cancer at four years old and struggled with the disease for years, the role hit close to home.
“Nashville” is more than just a television show to Bowen, though, “Nashville is a city with its own heartbeat,” she muses, and it has become a launching pad for her own music. Playing Scarlett O’Connor required Bowen to sing hundreds of songs, play multiple instruments, and overcome an irrational fear of microphones. When asked whether she could play the banjo, Bowen replied “probably” and learned. It pushed her to write songs that she’d actually share with people, drawing on everything she wrote down as a child for inspiration.
Along with being an artist, Bowen is also an activist. An advocate for kindness, she cut off her waist length hair in 2015 to express the need for people to look past the physical image. The act unexpectedly went viral, eliciting thousands of positive responses from all over the globe. Bowen was overwhelmed with joy and startled by the attention.
“I have come to terms with the fact that one person cannot save the world alone,” Bowen admits, “But by connecting with people, stage by stage, song by song, kindness by kindness; you can make a difference. My life has been really weird, and sometimes really scary, but I wouldn’t change any of it, because it brought me here and made me whatever it is that I am. Now I get to fill little corners of the world with love and kindness, and together – we make them glow. If you’re given any kind of blessing like what ‘Nashville’ is to me, you must use your powers for good.”
Bowen plays shows between shoots, touring the world on sold-out tours with her singer/songwriter husband, Brandon Robert Young. Once an introverted child, Bowen has blossomed into a ferocious performer and storyteller. She lovingly takes her audiences on a journey full of laughter, tears, dancing, singing, jumping up and down and for weeks afterward, wondering where all the glitter came from.
Bowen resides with her husband near Nashville, Tennessee, along with a small army of rescued dragons and the occasional unicorn.
Aly Michalka stars as Elli in Sand Dollar Cove
Aly Michalka is a versatile actress and singer-songwriter. She is best known as one half of the musical duo Aly & AJ alongside her sister AJ Michalka. She rose to prominence with her starring role as Keely Teslow in the Disney channel sitcom “Phil of the Future.” Michalka went on to appear in various films, such as Bandslam, Easy A, The Roomate, Grown Ups 2, Sequoia, Weepah Way for Now and The Lears.
On the small screen she had starring roles in The CW comedy drama series “Hellcats” and the network’s crime drama series “iZombie.” Prior to that, Michalka starred on YouTube Red’s “Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes” alongside Ryan Hansen. Michalka also recurred on “Two and a Half Men” and has appeared in FX’s “Anger Management.”