Victor Webster will co-star with Alison Sweeney in the Hallmark movie One Bad Apple: A Hannah Swensen Mystery. The actor will replace Cameron Mathison as the romantic lead in the series, playing a handsome prosecutor who faces off with Hannah as she tries to solve another mystery.
Though Webster is new to the Murder, She Baked mystery series, he is no stranger to Hallmark. Over the years, the actor has starred in more than 15 movies for the network, co-starring with everyone from Catherine Bell to Candace Cameron Bure.
Webster has said he appreciates how positive and uplifting Hallmark movies are.
“After you watch a Hallmark film, you have a big smile on your face and you feel positive about the values that can be enjoyed by the entire family,” he said in an interview with Digital Journal. “Everybody can watch these movies together and they are the perfect family bonding experience.”
Victor Webster was born in Calgary, Alberta, and moved with his family to California at the age of 13. In an interview, Webster said his parents enrolled him in martial arts classes in an attempt to improve his behavior. He excelled and went on to compete as an amateur kickboxer with an undefeated record and as a heavyweight in Tae Kwon Do.
Though Webster enjoyed doing school plays, he didn’t set out to become an actor when he graduated college. Instead, he worked as a stockbroker and started his own import-export business before landing a role on the soap opera Days of Our Lives.
Despite his success, the actor had words of caution for anyone thinking of pursuing a career in Hollywood.
“Don’t become an actor, unless you are absolutely 100 percent drawn to it and have to do it,” he told Digital Journal. “The life of an actor is very unpredictable, and there is a very small percentage of actors that work all the time. If you are drawn to the artistic value of acting, then do that. Make sure you are doing it for the right reasons and that it fulfills you.”
Days of Our Lives
Webster landed the role of Nicholas Alamain on the NBC series Days of Our Lives in 1999. He said he learned a lot from working on a soap opera.
“That show involved a lot of memorization,” he said. “We would shoot an episode a day so I had to learn 20 to 30 pages each time.”
“In my last day that I worked there, I came in and did 75 pages of dialogue, which was 31 scenes, and we filmed them all in five hours. It really trained my brain on how to get dialogue to stick,” he added.
He went on to appear in Sex and the City, Charmed, Reba, CSI: Miami, NCIS, and Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce. He is well-known to fans of the Scorpion King movies as Mathayus.
Webster’s first movie with Hallmark was the 2012 rom-com Puppy Love, which co-starred Candace Cameron Bure. He went on to have parts in Chesapeake Shores and the Matchmaker Mysteries series and starred in The Magic Stocking (2015), Summer Villa (2016), Love Blossoms (2017), A Harvest Wedding (2017), Home for Christmas Day (2017), Homegrown Christmas (2018), Hearts of Winter (2020), Five Star Christmas (2020), The Wedding Veil Legacy (2022), A Christmas Cookie Catastrophe (2022), The Wedding Veil Journey (2023), and Mystery On Mistletoe Lane (2023).
Webster met his ex-wife, Shantel VanSanten, when they co-starred in the movie Love Blossoms. The couple had three separate wedding celebrations in 2021. The first was a civil service at Pasadena City Hall in California on Aug. 9, her grandparents’ wedding date.
“When my grandfather unexpectedly passed away on Father’s Day, the heartbreak was unbearable; I had been planning on him walking me down the aisle in Minnesota,” VanSanten told Brides. “In the midst of my grief, I looked at Victor and said I wanted to do a spontaneous civil ceremony on my grandparents’ wedding date, August 9.”
The second celebration was in Napa in October and the third was in the bride’s hometown of Luverne, Minn.
Webster filed for divorce in January 2023. Neither he nor VanSanten have spoken publicly about the reasons for their separation.
Working with Alison Sweeney
Alison Sweeney and Victor Webster have worked together several times, both on Days of Our Lives — where she plays Sami Brady — and in Hallmark movies.
The pair appeared as a couple in The Wedding Veil series, which also starred Laci Chabert and Autumn Reeser.
“I’ve always loved working with Victor — from our years in daytime [TV] to our work together on ‘The Wedding Veil,’” Sweeney said in a statement through Hallmark. “When writing the script and developing this movie, I knew he’d be a great addition to the Hannah Swensen family and am thrilled that he said yes.”