The body-positive Hallmark movie Romance in Style will premiere as part of the network’s summer lineup. The romantic comedy stars Jaicy Elliot of Grey’s Anatomy, Ben Hollingsworth of Virgin River, and model/designer Candice Huffine.

Elliot plays Ella, an aspiring plus-size designer who works as a freelance seamstress for a fashion magazine. Hollingsworth plays Derek, the son of the magazine’s publisher. In a bid to assume a larger role in the family’s publishing empire, Derek becomes determined to learn everything he can about the fashion industry. Ella agrees to teach him what she knows.

“Ella and Derek come from two different worlds but are somehow drawn to one another,” reads a synopsis from Hallmark. “Can they work past their differences to overcome unexpected work obstacles and expectations of what makes a conventional couple, proving love can be found where you least expect it?”

Body-positive Hallmark movie

“We are very excited to bring our viewers this movie that celebrates self-love and self-acceptance,” said Lisa Hamilton Daly, executive vice president of Crown Media Family Networks in a statement. “We are committed to a more diverse and inclusive slate of projects, so we are happy to share a story showing that love comes in all shapes and sizes.”

“I am so thrilled to be part of this new conversation we are currently having about self-acceptance and the positive spreading of that message,” Elliot said in a statement released by the network.

“Hallmark is opening an important dialogue about female empowerment and breaking through the oh-so-thick ceiling of social misconceptions we have collectively built. Long gone is the time when it was acceptable to judge people solely on their appearance. I think it’s high time we all move on from these superficial criteria and build a healthier, more connected world in which we strive to be better at being kind and tolerant.”

The actress posted a photo on Instagram promoting the movie.

In response to her post, Hollingsworth wrote, “I had so much fun making this with you. Can’t wait for everyone to see you shine.”

Ben Hollingsworth responds to co-star Jaicey Elliot's Instagram post about their new body-positive Hallmark movie Romance in Style
(Image: Instagram/@jaicyelliot)

About the stars

Jaicy Elliott has portrayed Dr. Taryn Helm on the ABC series Grey’s Anatomy since 2017. The actress has also appeared on the series Station 19.

Ben Hollingsworth has played Dan Brady on Virgin River since 2019. He has also appeared on the TV shows Suits, CSI: Miami, and Once Upon a Time. Hollingsworth has starred in the Hallmark movies A Godwink Christmas: Meant For Love, Love Under the Olive Tree, and Splash of Love.

Romance in Style will premiere on Hallmark Channel on Saturday, August 13 at 8/7c.

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