With 30 Hallmark films under her name, Lacey Chabert, best known for her roles in “Party of Five” and “Evil Girls,” has been named “Queen of Hallmark Films,” which the actress perceives as a compliment.
“The first one I did was“ The Girl in the Elevator ”(2010). Now I have just finished my 30th film. I never knew that when I made “Elevator Girl,” it would turn into what it is. I am very proud to be part of the Hallmark family. For me, it’s very important that people love movies and relate to characters. People say that cinema is “food for the soul.” I am proud to be a part of something that lifts the spirits and adds a little good to the world, ”Shaber said.
Her latest film Hallmark is “The Legacy of the Wedding Veil” this weekend. This is the last part of the trilogy, which began with “Wedding Veil” last month and continued with “Wedding Veil” on February 12.
The trilogy features Shabert and other Hallmark actresses – her “Sisters of Hallmark” – Autumn Reeser (“Entourage”) and Alison Sweeney (“Days of Our Lives”). They star in one film and supporting roles in two others. The trilogy tells the story of three lifelong friends who find a mysterious wedding veil that is believed to connect its wearer with true love. Avery Chabert was in the center in the first film, and Emma Reeser – in the second. Focus on Tracy Sweeney in the third.
“It’s not just about the veil and love stories – it’s important – but it’s really about the relationship between these three women and how they take care of each other, support each other and protect each other, which is very nice to watch,” said Shaber.
Based on novels by Laurie Wilde, sisters / longtime Hallmark authors Sandra and Judith Berg have approached Shabert and executive producers Beth Grossbard and Lisa Demberg about the trilogy.
“We’re just grateful that Hallmark allowed us to tell such a story,” Shabert said. “With each film, I try to raise the bar … find another way to tell these stories. I liked that it was a trilogy, and I liked the opportunity to perform with some of my friends from the network. Over the years, many fans have asked if we will go to the movies together, if there will be a crossover – it was the perfect time for that … The last few months have been very interesting to see how it came to life and see that it will be so well received . I just appreciate the support of the fans. “
This trilogy, something new for Hallmark, allowed Chabert to work with Reeser and Sweeney.
“I knew both Autumn and Ali before, but now we got to know each other much more on a deeper level when we had the experience of co-creating these three films and traveling the world to make it happen. We have so many good memories, so much laughter, the attitude to each other as a mother, the balance of work and personal life, “- said Shabert. “It was also interesting to be in the film with someone else who understands what it means to be the main one in these films, and understands the responsibility we have to Hallmark fans. We put so much passion into it and enjoyed the work. I am just happy that we had the opportunity to collaborate. I just love them. I hope we can make another film together. If not, I told them we were lifelong friends. ”
In 2014, Shabert played Gina Kel Spence of Rochester Hills in Hallmark’s film The Color of the Rain, based on the book of the same name by Gina and her husband Michael Spence. Both Gina and Michael lost their husbands and wives from cancer and eventually remarried, finding love again after such a staggering loss. Fifteen years ago, they founded the New Day Foundation at Rochester Hills. Its mission is to provide financial assistance and emotional support to families battling cancer.
“I love Gina so much,” Shaber said. “What a special woman. What a special family. To overcome such a tragedy and they are now using their lives to help so many people, I am constantly inspired by them. They are a beautiful family. She is a wonderful woman, and I am proud to call her a friend … It was a real honor for me to be involved in telling their story in (“Rain”). “
Chabert helps raise funds for the New Day when he can. She donates 100% of her cameo income to New Day. In late 2021, Shabert raised about $ 60,000 for the New Day on the Celebrity Happiness Wheel.
“I’ll never move on from not solving the last puzzle, which was ‘a very lucky guy.’ It haunts me to this day, ”she recalled, laughing. “This experience was an absolute dream come true because I am a super fan of the show. When I had a chance to be a part of it, I was so excited and so nervous. I knew I wanted to play on behalf of New Day because they do so much to help many people survive the emotional and financial crisis that comes with being diagnosed with cancer. I believe in the work they do, so I was happy to represent them. ”
In turn, Speon praised Shabert.
“I first met Lacey on our set. Her light spirit and genuine kindness were immediately obvious. I’m a fan of her (“Party”) days, so I was thrilled and honored to learn that she will play me in (“Rain”), ”she said.“ Lacey became a friend and champion for the New Day mission She is a woman according to God’s heart who, despite her own deep losses, lives by her faith and uses her gifts and talents to serve others.I just love her and am happy to have her in my life.I just wanted her lived closer! ”
WHEN YOU WATCH: “The Legacy of the Wedding Veil” will debut on Saturday, February 19, at 8pm on Hallmark Channel. There will be screenings on the encore of this film and two other films of the trilogy “Wedding Veil”. To go out for an encore, visit HallmarkChannel.com or download the Hallmark Movie Checklist.