Actor Michael Rady chatted about his new Hallmark film “Unexpected Grace.”
He stars opposite Erica Durance and Erica Tremblay, and it will premiere on Sunday, March 12 on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. “It was really special for a lot of reasons: it was a unique experience especially for its storyline,” he said.
“It’s a story about dealing with grief and different stages of grief, and that is an exciting thing as a storyteller to jump into. We all enjoyed digging into that and playing with that. It felt really delicate at times to find a balance. We also wanted romance to be a part of that story,” he said.
The synopsis is: Grace (Erica Tremblay) finds a note from a schoolgirl looking for a friend. Since she is still trying to find her place in her new hometown, she excitedly writes back and sets off a chain of events that ultimately changes the lives of three people.
“Erica has a wonderful sense of humor and she can find the silliness everywhere and that’s how I like to work,. She is an absolute professional. She is wickedly funny even though this story was a challenge for sure,” he said.
“It was a bright and colorful spring-filled movie but when we filmed it, we had a foot of snow on the ground, it was hilarious,” he added.
Rady plays the role of Jack in “Unexpected Grace.” “I like that Jack is a character who is trying, and I like that about him,” he said. “He is a single parent, who is struggling to support his daughter. He is the type of guy who would reach out for help, and he takes care of his mental health.”
“Jack is a good friend, a good partner, and a good human,” he added.
Rady also spoke about being a part of his fellow Hallmark co-stars Andrew Walker and Benjamin Ayres’ women’s shelter initiative as part of “Romance University.” “It’s fascinating,” he said.
“We all met for the first time this past December, we were all in Vancouver making movies at the same time. We began this initiative to raise money for women’s shelters, and it really took off. It may be a lot of work but it is also fun and exciting. I would love to collaborate with Benjamin more. It is really exciting to see it grow from the ground floor up,” Rady explained.
Regarding the title of the current chapter of his life, Rady revealed, “Coming out of the trenches.”
The digital age
On being an actor in the digital age, Rady said, “It’s a lot of emotions, I think. It’s exciting, it’s confusing, it’s daunting, and inspiring. It’s all of the above. I try to be inspired by it, that’s the most helpful emotion to take away from it, and I try to focus on that.”
Rady defined the word success simply as “being present.”
For fans and viewers, Rady concluded about the movie “Unexpected Grace,” “I really hope that people see the hope and courage in this movie, it is really dear, sweet and tender. I hope people find warmth and comfort in this film.”
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