The star of Hallmark’s new series The Way Home talked about the show’s appeal and revealed some of the magic that goes on behind the scenes. In an exclusive interview with TV Cheddar, newcomer Sadie Laflamme-Snow shared how exciting it has been to be a part of the first new series Hallmark Media has debuted since 2016.
“What I’ve noticed is that there’s an interest coming from so many different generations of people,” Laflamme-Snow said. “…There’s something in this story for you. There’s something really fleshed out and complicated and something you can sink your teeth into no matter what generation you’re from and I think that’s really exciting for people.”
Hallmark’s new series The Way Home premiered on January 15. More than 2.4 million viewers tuned in for the pilot episode of the series, which was written by mother-daughter team Heather Conkie and Alexandra Clarke. (The pair also collaborated on the CBC series Heartland.)
Starring Andie MacDowell, Chyler Leigh, and Laflamme-Snow, the show follows three generations of women in one family who struggle to come to terms with painful events from their past.
Laflamme-Snow said she was thrilled — and a little intimidated — when she found out she would be working with MacDowell and Leigh on the series. She said the actresses did their best to put her at ease and make her feel comfortable.
“They have remained so warm and generous to someone who’s just getting started,” she said. “… I think one of the biggest takeaways for me is just that like you can be very, very accomplished and celebrated…and you can still give so much and be so generous.”
In the show, Laflamme-Snow plays Alice, the youngest of the three Landry women. After her parents split up, Alice ends up moving with her mother, Kat (Chyler Leigh), from Minneapolis to the small town of Port Haven, New Brunswick to live with Alice’s grandmother, Del (Andie MacDowell). The relationship between Kat and Del is tense. Alice knows that her mother’s brother disappeared when he was a child and that her mother and grandmother haven’t spoken in years.
While exploring the farm one day, Alice falls into a pond. When she comes to the surface, she finds out she has traveled through time to 1999, the year her uncle disappeared. She meets a teenage version of her mother (played by Alex Hook) and is introduced to her grandmother and her uncle.
Once she realizes she can return to the present by going back into the pond, Alice regularly travels back to 1999 and tries to figure out the mystery behind her uncle’s disappearance.
Behind the scenes
The series was shot on location in Ontario. The time-traveling scenes involved a lot of jumping into a pond during the late summer and early fall months for Laflamme-Snow. In her interview with TV Cheddar, she revealed the tricks the film crew used to keep her warm.
Sometimes she wore a wetsuit under her clothes. Other times she had to wrap herself in a foil blanket as soon as she climbed out of the water to help her warm up. And sometimes, her stunt doubles (she has more than one) would jump into the pond for her, though this was only when there wasn’t enough time for Laflamme-Snow to get dried off in between takes. The underwater sequences were filmed in a heated pool.
A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s acting program, Laflamme-Snow has appeared in the TV series Game On and the movies Love Triangle Nightmare and Sinister Switch.
To watch the full interview, click here.
The Way Home airs on Hallmark Channel on Sunday evenings. Check local listings for the exact time.