Marco Grazzini, who plays Mike Valenzuela on the TV series Virgin River, will star in the new Hallmark movie Hearts in the Game. The Canadian actor plays a baseball star who falls for the publicist hired to revamp his image. Erin Cahill co-stars as PR exec Hazel Miller.
New Hallmark movie
“There are definite similarities in the way Diego tends to use humor as a defense mechanism…,” he told Digital Journal. “He is also a very loyal person and very family oriented.”
He called co-star Erin Cahill “very giving.”
“It was like we had known each other for years,” he said.
In her own interview, Erin Cahill said she based her portrayal of Hazel on the executives she works with at Hallmark.
“For Hazel, I imagined her being a lot like all the girls at Hallmark and everybody over there,” she told Just Jared. “They all work with giant hearts.”
She also praised co-star Marco Grazzini.
“He’s so talented, kind and down to earth,” she said to Media Village. “We have different energies, yet it was such a nice balance.”
Hearts in the Game
In the movie, Cahill plays a New York City publicist trying to build her empire. She jumps at the chance to take on a professional baseball player as a client, only to balk when she finds out it is her high-school boyfriend. Diego Vazquez (played by Grazzini) needs help with his image after freezing during Game 7 of the World Series.
While trying to figure out what made him freeze up during the game, Hazel takes Diego back to their Ohio hometown for a publicity tour meant to revamp his image.
Grazzini has portrayed police officer Mike Valenzuela on the Netflix series Virgin River since the second season. His character is a friend of bar owner Jack Sheridan (played by Martin Henderson).
Grazzini has had roles on the TV shows Nikita, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Beauty and the Beast, The Flash, The Magicians, and The Story of Us. He has also starred in several Christmas movies, including Christmas Unwrapped (2020), Lonestar Christmas (2020), and Designing Christmas (2022).
Erin Cahill has appeared in the Hallmark movies Sleigh Bells Ring (2016), Last Vermont Christmas (2018), Love, Fall & Order (2019), The Secret Ingredient (2020), A Timeless Christmas (2020), Mystery 101: Killer Timing (2021), and Every Time a Bell Rings (2021).
In a recent interview with Media Village, she talked about how happy she was to work with Hallmark.
“To have Hallmark find me has been the biggest blessing,” she said. “…We literally are like family. It’s the most magical thing. If I have something going on, I’ll call the girls.”
Hearts in the Game will premiere on Hallmark Channel on Saturday, April 29 at 8/7c.