Hallmark Channel's Summer Nights event is here with four 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!
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.”