Real-life couple Jocelyn Hudon and Jake Manley will star in a new Hallmark movie set in the Maldives. In Love in the Maldives, Hudon plays a travel writer who falls for her guide (played by Manley) when he helps her visit an underwater shipwreck.
Both Hudon and Manley posted photos from the set to Instagram. In one pic, Hudon is surrounded by sharks.
In the comments section, a fan responded with, “1) I love shark week & watch every year 2) I know you’re very unlikely to get attacked 3) I’d still be unable to do this despite how cool it is.”
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Love in the Maldives is part of Hallmark’s Spring Into Love lineup. In the movie, Hudon plays Rae, an adventurous travel writer with thousands of fans. When her editor wants to send her to the Maldives — which is considered one of the most romantic destinations in the world — Rae is surprised. Romance doesn’t usually factor into the columns she writes. But she takes the assignment and flies halfway around the world to write the story.
When she finds out about a legendary shipwreck, she becomes determined to see it. The only problem is she is terrified of the open ocean. With the help of a resort guide, she learns to overcome her fear of the water and finds something she never expected: love.
Jocelyn Hudon and Jake Manley were married in a Las Vegas ceremony on October 31, 2021. They met while they were filming the TV series The Order.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Hudon said the wedding was on her favorite holiday.
“I was in the middle of filming three movies back to back and we realized that Halloween — my favorite day ever — was on a Sunday, so I could fit it in my filming schedule…and then it snowballed from there,” she said.
Hudon starred as Grace Bennett on When Hope Calls, a spinoff of Hallmark’s popular series When Call the Heart. She has also appeared in the movies Eat, Drink And Be Married (2019), One of a Kind Love (2021), and Baby, It’s Cold Inside (2021).
Jake Manley got his start on the television series Beauty and the Beast. He has starred in The Order, The Consultant, Project Blue Book, and American Gothic.
Located in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives — also known as Maldives Islands — is an independent nation comprised of 1,200 small islands.
Love in the Maldives will premiere on Hallmark Channel on Saturday, April 1 at 8/7c.