Emilie Ullerup and Clayton James in Don’t Forget I Love You. (Image: Crown Media)
Hallmark's Don't Forget I Love You is all about living in the moment
Canadian actor Clayton James is excited for audiences to catch his most recent Hallmark film. In Don’t Forget I Love You, James plays single dad Josh, who connects with a woman named Taylor, played by Emilie Ullerup.
“He moves to a new town with his daughter and meets the neighbor across the street,” James said in a recent appearance on the Sarah Scoop Show.
At first, there is a bit of a personality clash between the two.
“My character is a little bit…excited and out there,” James said. “She’s a little bit more reserved than he is.”
Taylor digs up a time capsule left by her mother and finds a series of written challenges. Each is designed to force Taylor outside her comfort zone and open herself up to the possibility of love.
Josh agrees to help her challenges, whether it’s dragging her across a suspension bridge despite her fear of heights to taking a yoga class with her in which goats roam among the students.
“I think you gotta live life in the moment,” he said. “And if they’re anything out there that you’re interested in, just go for it.”
Fun on the set
James raved about his co-star, Emilie Ullerup, who stars as Bree O’Brien on the Hallmark Channel series Chesapeake Shores.
“Emilie is a powerhouse,” he said.
He also enjoyed working with 12-year-old Daphne Hoskins, who plays his daughter. Young people don’t overthink things, he said.
“They just act,” he said. “They bring truth to it.”
One of his favorite behind-the-scenes moments was when they shot the yoga class with goats.
“I look over, and the goat was on Emilie’s back, and it was just starting to eat her hair, and we’re rolling, and she’s trying so hard to keep it together,” he said.
James has starred in several Hallmark movies over the years, including The Sweetest Heart (2018), The Last Bridesmaid (2019), and Christmas on My Mind (2019). He also has a recurring role on the Hallmark series When Calls the Heart.
In his interview, James said he loves working on projects for the network.
“I think Hallmark has just grown to be a really fantastic production company that’s making these easy-to-watch films that you can watch with your family.”
Each movie also has a positive message, he said. In Don’t Forget I Love You, that message is to take risks because the rewards will be worth it.
“Live in the moment and enjoy it,” he said. “It’s a short journey, and it goes by fast.”
Don’t Forget I Love You will air on Hallmark Channel on Saturday, January 22 at 8/7c.