Actress Tiera Skovbye said booking the role of Missy McMurray in Hallmark’s rodeo show was so exciting that she cried when she got the news.
“My manager normally when there is good news he’ll call me and it will be like a conference call with the whole team and if there’s bad news, he’ll just send an email or a text and be like, ‘Call me when you have a second,’ and that’s what he did,” said the actress during Facebook Live event. “He texted me and I was like, I didn’t get it. So I was calling him prepared for the disappointment like, ‘Oh you know, they loved you but it just didn’t go your way,” which I feel like we’ve all heard like a gazillion times. And then I called and it was a conference call and they were all like, ‘You got it!’”
The actress burst into tears and immediately called her mother, who was visiting family in Europe. “We were all very happy,” she said.
Hallmark’s rodeo show
Hallmark’s rodeo show premiered on March 26 to mixed reviews from fans. The series, which was created by husband-and-wife team Rebecca Boss and Chris Masi, stars Nancy Travis, Marcus Rosner, Beau Mirchoff, and Skovbye. It follows the McMurray family, a rodeo dynasty that owns a sprawling ranch in the Colorado Rockies.
During a Facebook Live event to promote the series, Skovbye talked about how drawn she felt to the story when she first read the script.
“I think for me it was definitely like the family dynamics and those really intricate relationships that we portray and it was a really fun opportunity to you know explore this family and these people and this culture and this community in a way that I hadn’t really read before and so I was really excited about that,” Skovbye said.
In the series, Skovbye plays Missy, a trick-riding rodeo queen who married the oldest of the three McMurray brothers.
In the show’s first episode, her husband is killed while bull riding. After his death, Missy stays on at the ranch. Though she is close to her mother-in-law, Isabel (played by Nancy Travis), she is also wondering where she belongs.
It doesn’t help that middle brother Cash (played by Beau Mirchoff) settles back in at the ranch following his brother’s death. It soon becomes clear that Missy and Cash have had some sort of personal relationship in the past.
All hail Nancy Travis
Skovbye, who has had roles on Riverdale, Once Upon a Time, and Nurses, said working with Nancy Travis has been amazing.
“She’s the best,” she said. “It’s so wonderful to work with somebody who is not only an incredible person but also as an actress is somebody that I can look up to and learn from.”
Episode 3 of Ride will air on Hallmark Channel on Sunday, April 9 at 9/8c.