Actress Chyler Leigh, who stars with Andie MacDowell in the new Hallmark series The Way Home, recently gave an interview in which she talked about taking risks and pushing boundaries.
The Grey’s Anatomy star, who plays Kat Landry in the multi-generational drama, said the show is exciting because it takes a different approach to storytelling. She called the show an amazing opportunity to “push it and shake it up so we can show people that have been tuning in for so long what we’re capable of.”
It’s an approach that has paid off, she says.
“…What we’ve been finding is the response from all the different age demographics has just been wild because we’re bringing in a younger audience and also an unexpected audience,” she told TV Line.
New Hallmark series
The Way Home premiered on Hallmark Channel on Sunday, January 15. The series follows single mother Kat Landry, who returns to her small hometown with her teenage daughter Alice (played by newcomer Sadie Laflamme-Snow) following a divorce. Alice becomes intrigued by the tense relationship between her mother and grandmother and begins investigating the 20-year-old disappearance of her uncle. Things take an unexpected turn when she finds out she can time-travel by jumping into a pond on her grandmother’s farm.
Fans have called the concept intriguing, and a complete departure for Hallmark.
“I can’t believe this is a Hallmark show,” wrote one viewer on Facebook.
In her interview, Leigh said it was exciting to be a part of something so different for the network.
“If you talk to any of us, that was definitely such a big part of what we were most excited about was the opportunity we have to really take risks,” she said. “…Typically, the Hallmark audience knows “what to expect when they’re watching [their] shows or they’re watching the movies or whatnot, and what Hallmark is known, classically, for is for people to feel kind of safer and people to know the environment that they’re walking into.”.
Um, that kiss, though
Leigh also talked about the scorching kiss Kat shared with her childhood friend Elliot (played by Evan Williams) in the season finale.
“That was such a magical time because we literally had a 10-minute window to do that whole thing, to stage it, to prep it, because we were losing light,” she said. “With that beautiful sunset in the background, it was like, ‘This is the most epic. You can’t write this material to be able to work with, so we’re going to take advantage of it.’ So the whole thing, we did in like three takes. We went for it.”
Hallmark has renewed The Way Home for a second season, which will air next year.