In a recent interview, Hallmark star Andrea Brooks talked about how motherhood had changed her.
“It upends absolutely everything in your life,” she told TV Fanatic. “Since becoming a mom, my roles, especially in the Hallmark movies, have meant so much more to me.”
Brooks, who plays Dr. Faith Carter on When Calls the Heart, says her three-year-old likes to watch the show and has even seen some of the romantic comedies she has made for Hallmark.
“There’s something to be said about family values and the entertainment space,” she said. “My three-year-old can watch one of these movies, and she does; she does watch episodes of When Calls the Heart. She watches pieces of the movies that I do, and that we can share that experience is amazing.”
Andrea Brooks started her professional acting career at 15 after being discovered at an open casting call for the 2005 Disney movie Ice Princesses.
She went on to have roles on the TV shows Supernatural, UnREAL, iZombie, and Supergirl.
She made her Hallmark debut in the 2017 movie Destination Wedding, which starred Alexa PenaVega. She starred in the Hallmark movies A Harvest Wedding (2017), The Sweetest Heart (2018), Jingle Around the Clock (2018), Romance to the Rescue (2022), and A Lifelong Love (2023).
In 2015, she joined the cast of Hallmark’s When Calls the Heart as nurse Faith Carter. Her character went on to attend medical school and become the town’s doctor.
Brooks documented both of her pregnancies on social media, showing fans how she hid her baby bump while filming.
Her first child was born in 2019. She had her second baby in 2022.
In her interview with TV Fanatic, Brooks said motherhood has changed everything.
“It makes everything more important,” she said. “I appreciate my time on set a lot more. I appreciate my time getting to work with other creative people a lot more because, you know, life is so chaotic when you have a family. It makes everything better because, at the end of the day, there’s someone waiting for you who needs you.”
Brooks also said that her work with Hallmark has changed her outlook on life.
“I know this will sound so cheesy, but many of these movies have done a good job showing me that I need to open my heart a bit more, be more available, and be open to spontaneity,” she said. “All of these movies do a good job of reminding me of some basic elements of existence, as silly as that may sound.”