The Hallmark Channel’s latest movie, “Romance in Style,” premieres Saturday, August 13 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central. The film stars Jaicy Elliot and Benjamin Hollingsworth. Read on to learn all about where it was filmed and which cast is involved.
“Romance in Style” was originally called “Love by Design” when it was filmed in Winnipeg, Canada, according to a Casting Workbook post. The film was shot from June 5 through June 27 in Winnipeg and nearby locations. A casting call was released with a May 8 deadline, seeking supporting stars. Some of the roles they cast for were Katie (Ella’s best friend), Liza (Assistant editor), Claudia (Editor and director of “The Look”), Oscar (Derek’s right-hand man), Roger (owner of ” The Look”)’), Annie (a clothing designer), and more.
Author MaryLou Driedger wrote a swamp post on June 16 in which she shared some behind-the-scenes film photos from the set of “Love by Design.” She said some scenes were shot in the Winnipeg Exchange District, even though the film is set in New York. They used cabs with New York number plates to build the atmosphere.
Driedger shared some filming locations, including Kevin’s Bistro on Bannaytne and the Manitoba Theater Center on Rorie.
Hallmark’s synopsis reads: “Ella’s unique designs inspire Derek publishing house to include plus size fashion in its magazine. Soon, Derek begins to realize that Ella’s influence extends far beyond the catwalk.”
the movie stars Jaicy Elliot as Ella. Known for her work on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, Elliot was delighted to work for Hallmark.
“This was my first time doing a movie, and it was my first time working with Hallmark, and it was my first time directing a movie.” she told me I’m Refocused Radio. “So it was a lot of firsts for everyone,” she explained, saying Hallmark took a leap of faith with the film.
In an interview with People, she said: “Hallmark opens up an important dialogue about women’s empowerment and breaks through the oh-so-thick ceiling of social misconceptions that we have collectively built up… The days when it was acceptable to judge people solely by their appearance. I think it is high time we all move away from these superficial criteria and build a healthier, more connected world in which we strive to be better at being kind and tolerant.”
Benjamin Hollingsworth is Derek.
He was recently featured in Hallmark’s “A Splash of Love”. Hollingsworth is known for the very popular Netflix series ‘Virgin River’ and is also known for his role in the television series ‘Code Black’. He was born in Brockville, Ontario, Canada, in 1984.
The movie also includes Candice Huffine, a plus-size model. In an interview with TV Insider, she said: “When the Hallmark Channel asked me if I wanted to star in a movie aimed at women who love fashion and embrace body positivity, it was an easy yes. I commend Hallmark Channel for making a film that promotes physical love and acceptance; I hope to see more!”
The film was produced by Joey Plager, Ellie Kanner and Juliette Hagopian.
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