The new Hallmark movie A Pinch of Portugal will premiere during the Spring Into Love lineup. Starring Heather Hemmens and Luke Mitchell, the romantic comedy features a love story between two people who find themselves on assignment in Portugal.
“This place is a real struggle but I’ll get through it,” read the caption of an Instagram post by Luke Mitchell.
New Hallmark movie
In A Pinch of Portugal, Heather Hemmens stars as Anna, an on-camera prep cook for a temperamental celebrity chef Dean (played by Darren Day). While filming an episode in Portugal, Anna is forced to step into the spotlight when Dean decides to abandon his show.
At first, Anna struggles to find her way in a foreign country. According to a synopsis from Hallmark, “Anna steps up to the plate in a big way and starts to make the show her own, traveling to markets, harbors, and cheese cellars to profile and cook the cuisine of Portugal. Much to her surprise, Anna finds she enjoys the limelight — as well as the attention of both her Aussie cameraman, Russ (played by Mitchell), and Portuguese location scout, Lucas, (played by Duarte Gomes). When Dean unexpectedly returns to set, Anna must decide if she is ready to fully take the lead in her career.”
About the cast
Heather Hemmens got her start in the 2005 feature film The Dukes of Hazzard. She has also appeared in the movies Glory Road (2006), Road to the Altar (2009), Rise of the Zombies (2012), and Complicity (2013).
A native of Maine, Hemmens had roles in Grey’s Anatomy, The Vampire Diaries, Yellowstone, and CSI: Miami. She has also starred in the Hallmark movies Love, Take Two (2019), Christmas In My Heart (2021), and Caribbean Summer (2022).
In 2022, Hemmens signed a multi-film contract with Hallmark Media.
“As a black girl from rural Maine, an offer to spread joy, love and fun with the @hallmarkchannel is a dream come true!” she wrote in an Instagram post. “…I’m overcome with gratitude. Thank you to the wonderful team at #Hallmark for this very official welcome to the family. I am honored!”
Luke Mitchell has starred in the Australian TV shows H20: Just Add Water, Neighbours, and Home and Away. He also appeared in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Black Water: Abyss, Legacies, and Big Sky.
A Pinch of Portugal will premiere on Hallmark Chanel on Saturday, April 22 at 8/7c.