hallmark upcoming romance, paint my world with loveTelling a new kind of love story. Film star Lily D. Moore — who viewers may know from Netflix never have I ever As Paxton’s fashion-minded sister – set out to see and experience love through a different lens to the world.
The film, which premieres Sunday on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, follows Emma’s daughter Kendall (Moore), who becomes engaged to Brad (David DeSanctis). But Emma (Erica Durance) becomes concerned that her independent, strong-willed, artistic daughter and her new fiancé, who has Down syndrome, aren’t ready to take the next step in their lives.
“I believe that people with Down syndrome can not only be leads in a movie, but we want to be like normal people. We want to fall in love, get married, have a job, want to go to college and all that. So I think it’s definitely a big step that Hallmark has made by making me and David the two leads in this movie. And I think it’s definitely going to do really well. going to be,” Moore told ET ahead of the film’s TV debut. “There will be moments when it’s going to be funny, moments of laughter, but there are also heartwarming moments when you cry. I think it’s going to be an incredible film to watch.”
The rising star, who prepares for college in the fall, previews the new Hallmark romance and the impact she expects to have, her character’s similarities, and more.
ET: How did this film come to you in the first place?
Lily D. Moore: My agent reached out to me. She was like, “Hey, this is the audition. It’s for this new Hallmark movie. [You’re] Huge fan of Hallmark, so let’s audition you.” And so I auditioned and then a few days later, my agent called me and she said, “Hey, are you sitting or standing?” And I’m like Is, “I’m sitting there, why?” And she’s like, “Just wanted to let you know Hallmark wants you for this job.” And I burst into tears. I was so happy. We got the script too long. not found [after] And then we read; It was a very good script. And so we were like, “Okay, I’m excited, and I’m ready to show the world who I am and who the character is.”
How much has or hasn’t changed in the story or for your character, Kendall, from that audition to getting the script? Were you able to work with the writers to personalize the story?
After I got the script, it was good because the director and executive producer; Peter [Benson] and john [Eskenas], reached me and my mother. They were like, “Hey, we want to have a Zoom call with you. Let’s meet.” We did that, talking about the film and just getting to know each other. We talked about the script. They were making sure I knew what the stuff meant. It was great to know them. And after that it was really fun meeting the whole cast.
You’re a fan of Hallmark and the signature films they make, so you know this is an important film that the network is embracing and supporting. For you personally, what was the significance of playing this character and discovering a love story that not many people can see on television or in movies?
Me and Kendall are alike because we are both independent, living our best lives as well as feuding. I think me and my character, we get along really well. It was really fun to play her because I am not an artist, but she is in the film. And so it was fun looking at the different paintings that she would do and explain to her mother. And also, I have never done a film which is based on romance. So I thought it was fun, trying it for the first time. It was definitely really fun to be filming something that I wouldn’t normally be.
You said that you and Kendall are similar in many ways. Are there some traits of her that make you like, “I really must be like that”?
I’m really working on a way to be independent. Kendall is independent, but her mom has a hard time helping her, guiding her, getting her out. So I am also like that. I am also trying to learn how to be independent on my own. And sometimes my parents have a hard time letting me do something they don’t feel comfortable doing. I would say those things are similar to the character.
This is the first time you are being the romantic lead. Were you absolutely nervous before shooting the film?
For a few scenes at first, I was nervous because I’m like, “Okay, this is my first big job.” But thankfully a lot of the cast were really nice and helpful, and they helped me get used to it. He definitely helped me a lot. I would say that definitely helped.
Do you have a favorite moment or a favorite memory from the making of this movie?
One of the fun things we did was pull a lot of jokes at each other. For me this cast was like another family. It was great fun and they very much welcomed it. We pulled a lot of jokes here and there at each other. And even on one of the scenes we shot, before we filmed, I cracked a joke. It was April Fools’ Day, and so I pranked Beno [Ayres], who plays Nick — I was lying like I hurt my leg or something — and he came out in full doctor mode. Those were some of the highlights where we are getting to know everyone and poke fun at each other. And also, on some nights, we’ll have dinner together.
Did you have an immediate relationship with your co-stars?
On the first day we reached there, we had dinner with everyone – the director and all the cast. That was when we first met each other as a group. So it was really cool and we’re like, “Okay, that’s cool.” And then when we started working out together, I was like, “Okay, this is going to be fun, and it’s like a Hallmark family coming together, having fun together.” And so I would say it was an instant thing, just because we knew each other the day before we started work. Everyone was very sweet and really welcoming.
Now that you’re part of the Hallmark family, what does it mean for you to join the conversation?
It feels good to be part of a new family because you are meeting new people and traveling to new places. And also, we love to travel as a family. I think being part of a new family is definitely fun, for sure.
And you’re busy coming to college.
This is a big life moment for you. How excited are you to start that new chapter?
I’m really excited because it’s like, “Here’s my future ahead of me.” And I can finally experience it for the first time. I’m really looking forward to stepping out of my comfort zone and becoming more independent.
What can you tell us about upcoming projects?
I’ve just been pinned for season 4 never have I ever. too excited. And then season 2 of an adult comedy animation show also called juvenile euthanasia, And I’m in the middle of a swimsuit campaign right now called Somersalt.
words of never have I everIt was great exploring Paxton and Rebecca’s brother-sister relationship in Season 2. Are you also coming to the third season?
I am, really. I did an episode of that.
Can you say something?
I would say it’s definitely a transition for Paxton, for sure. You’ll definitely see that transition between Paxton and Devi. It’s been a very fun season, I would say.
Knowing you’re in Season 4, do you want Rebecca to do something before the show ends?
It would be nice to see… they never showed her in fashion school. So that would be really fun to watch. Catch a glimpse of her at fashion school or something. And apparently it would be more fun to see him with his family. I think it will be really fun to see both of them.
paint my world with love Premieres Sunday, June 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
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