Jocelyn Hudon and Olivier Renaud find romance among the rafters in new movie

Jocelyn Hudon and Olivier Renaud find romance among the rafters in new movie

Jocelyn Hudon shows off her aerial skills in the new movie Romance With a Twist. The Hallmark rom-com, which also stars Olivier Renaud, will premiere this weekend as part of Hallmark’s New Year New Movies programming event.

New movie

In Romance With a Twist, Hudon stars as Luna, a former dancer who left behind her dream to help her family manage its construction business. When she is tasked with converting a gymnasium into a studio for aerials, she can’t resist giving the silks a try. She’s transported back to her days on stage for just a moment when Bennett (Renaud), a professional aerialist, interrupts her.

Though he is annoyed at first to find her using the silks he realizes Luna may be useful. His partner has canceled on him only weeks before a local festival. Seeing that Luna has natural talent he asks if she will perform with him. They begin training together.

“As the hard work of this dynamic sport teaches them both to face their fears and brings them closer together, will their relationship crash or will they find a way to reach new heights?” reads a synopsis from Hallmark.

About the cast

Jocelyn Hudon trained at the National Ballet School of Canada. She has appeared on the television shows Criminal Minds, The Order, The Rookie: Feds, Acapulco, and Dave.

Jake Manley and Jocelyn Hudon in the new Hallmark movie Love in the Maldives. (Image: Hallmark Media)

In 2018, she appeared on the Hallmark series When Calls the Heart as Grace Bennett, a woman trying to reunite with her sister after they were orphaned as children. The storyline led to a spinoff series, When Hope Calls, which aired for one season on Hallmark.

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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). In 2023, she co-starred with her husband, Jake Manley, in the Hallmark movie Love in the Maldives.

Olivier Renaud

Olivier Renaud is a trained aerialist who has appeared in several Cirque de Soleil productions. Before making the move to acting he studied clowning in Paris under Philippe Gaulier.

He plays Brutus on the TV series Astrid and Lilly Save the World and has appeared in the movies A Christmas Exchange (2020), Christmas at Maple Creek (2020), Wrapped Up in Love (2021), Christmas on 5th Avenue (2021), Planes, Trains, and Christmas Trees (2022), Christmas on the Slopes (2022), Christmas in Big Sky Country (2023), and Merry Mystery Christmas (2023).

In an interview with Digital Journal, he said he hopes Romance With a Twist speaks to aerialists around the world.

“It’s an aerial movie and hopefully, we are reaching to aerialists around the world,” he said. “I hope the audience gains an understanding that being an aerialist is difficult and we hope that they keep going.”

Romance With a Twist will premiere on Hallmark Channel on Saturday, January 27 at 8/7c.

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