Luke Macfarlane had nothing but nice things to say about this former co-star

Luke Macfarlane had nothing but nice things to say about this former co-star

Don’t expect Luke Macfarlane to trash his colleagues anytime soon. In a recent interview with comedian Daniel Tosh, the actor had only nice things to say about former co-star Candace Cameron Bure.

Macfarlane played opposite Candace Cameron Bure in the 2018 Countdown to Christmas movie A Shoe Addict’s Christmas.

“I will admit that I was nervous to work with her, but she could not have been more lovely,” he said during an appearance on the Tosh Show.

When Tosh asked if the two discussed Macfarlane’s sexual orientation — the actor is gay — he said they had not, adding, “She has a lot of gay friends.”

Luke Macfarlane

Macfarlane rose to fame playing Scotty Wandell on the ABC series Brothers & Sisters. He said when Hallmark first approached him to do a movie, he asked his agent if it would hurt his career.

“They’re like, ‘They’re not on people’s radars,’” he said. “And I’m like, ‘They kind of are.’”


Over the years, Macfarlane has starred in a long list of Hallmark movies:

Christmas Land (2015),

The Mistletoe Promise (2016)

A Birthday Wish (2017),

Karen Kingsbury’s Maggie’s Christmas Miracle (2017)

A Shoe Addict’s Christmas (2018)

Just Add Romance (2019)

Sense, Sensibility and Snowmen (2019)

A Valentine’s Match (2020)

Chateau Christmas (2020)

Taking a Shot at Love (2021)

Christmas in My Heart (2021)

Moriah’s Lighthouse (2022)

A Magical Christmas Village (2022)

Notes of Autumn (2023)

Catch Me If You Claus (2023)

Candace Cameron Bure

Candace Cameron Bure made headlines in April 2022 when she announced she was leaving Hallmark to work at Great American Family, a new network started by former Hallmark CEO Bill Abbott.

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“My heart wants to tell stories that have more meaning and purpose and depth behind them,” she said.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Bure was asked if any of her films would include same-sex romances. The actress said her films would focus on “traditional marriage.”

Some fans were supportive of her comments but others were furious. Actor Neal Bledsoe, who co-starred with Danica McKellar in the Great American Family romcom The Winter Palace, publicly condemned Bure’s comments and said he would not work with the network again.

Bill Abbott, who was part of the Wall Street Journal interview, clarified that the network could eventually include same-sex romance but that in its initial stages, it would focus on movies with messages of faith.

“Spiritual or faith-based content is grossly underserved,” he said.

Leaving Hallmark

In September of 2022, the actor told the LA Times that he wouldn’t be working with Hallmark anymore.

“They’ve been very good to me, but I think I’ve told my story for now with those folks,” he said. “I mean, how many firefighters can I play?”

Macfarlane made it clear there were no hard feelings behind the decision, even saying that Hallmark had taught him some important skills.

“One thing that I really enjoyed about making Hallmark movies is it’s really fun to flirt,” he said. “It’s fun to play that energy on camera, where relationships are at their best in those early times. I guess Hallmark has given me a lot of flirting lessons.”

Macfarlane delighted fans when he announced in the summer of 2023 that — surprise — he was working with Hallmark again. The actor starred in Notes of Autumn, in which he played a gay man who finds romance when he swaps apartments with his friend, played by Ashley Williams.

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