10 things you didn’t know about Signed, Sealed, Delivered star Eric Mabius
POstables have been on edge ever since Hallmark dropped a hint that a new Signed, Sealed, Delivered movie might be in the works. Fans of the series have been waiting since 2021 for a new film.
With that in mind, here are some seriously cool facts about Eric Mabius, who plays Oliver O’Toole in the series. Here they are, in no particular order:
1. He grew up in New England
Mabius was born in Harrisburg, Pa., but grew up in the small town of Warren, Mass.
“We didn’t have much money, so we baked our own bread and picked blueberries to make jam,” he said in an interview with HGTV. We heated our house with a wood stove and cut our own wood.
The family moved to New Jersey for a few years, where his father worked as a historical preservationist at the living history museum Allaire Village. They eventually moved back to Massachusetts. Mabius graduated from Amherst-Pelham Regional High School and earned his degree from Sarah Lawrence College.
2. He’s a nature boy at heart
Mabius currently lives in what he describes as “the middle of nowhere.” (It’s actually Massachusetts.)
He regularly posts photos and videos of his trail runs and hikes on Instagram, showing fans everything from the waterfall on his property to the flora and fauna he sees on his regular hikes.
3. He married his high school sweetheart
Mabius wed interior designer Ivy Sherman in 2006. The two met in a health class at Amhert-Pelham Regional High School.
4. His high school classmates voted him “Most Dramatic Girly”
We’re not even sure what that means.
5. He was voted one of the “sexiest men alive” by People magazine in 2006
6. He used to compete in luge
If you’re unfamiliar with the sport, it involves a single athlete or a pair of athletes hurtling down a twisting, curving track using only their muscles to help steer. It’s a fast and furious sport: speeds on artificial tracks can reach 90 miles (140 km) an hour.
He was named an honorary captain for the US luge team for the 2010 Winter Olympics along with astronaut Scott Parazynski.
7. He’s an action-movie star
Though Mabius is known to Hallmark fans as the impeccably dressed, serious-minded Oliver on Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Mabius has played his fair share of shoot-em-up action dudes.
In the 2000 movie The Crow: Salvation, Mabius played a man who gets framed for his girlfriend’s murder and then executed. He is resurrected by the superhero The Crow and tracks down the men who killed his girlfriend. Pretty gritty stuff.
In 2002, he starred alongside Milla Jovovich in Resident Evil, an action movie based loosely on the video game of the same name. He reprised his role in the 2004 sequel Resident Evil: Apocalypse. There were zombies, commandos, shooting, and viruses. A far, far cry from the serenity of the Dead Letter Office.
8. He starred in the ABC series Ugly Betty
Okay, you probably already knew this one. But did you know that the show was based on Fernando Gaitán’s Colombian telenovela Yo soy Betty, la fea and that it won close to 30 major awards? Well, it did. Mabius starred as polished media empire heir Daniel Meade opposite America Ferrera’s adorable Betty Suarez in the series, which ran from 2006 to 2010.
9. In 2007, he was named Glamour magazine’s Man of the Year.
For obvious reasons.
10. He is on the Cameo app
On his Instagram, Mabius makes mention of the fact that he’s on the Cameo app. This means fans can order a personalized video message from him.
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