Wendy Crew­son

OF ‘WHEN HOPE CALLS’ ON HALL­MARK MOVIES NOW

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On Tap - BY JAY BOB­BIN

As the spinoff “When Hope Calls” makes its de­but as a stream­ing se­ries, did you have a knowl­edge of “When Calls the Heart” when you signed up for the new spinoff?

I sure did. It plays on CBC Tele­vi­sion up here (in Canada), so I cer­tainly had seen some of it and knew the premise. What I loved about it was that it was a pe­riod piece, which for an ac­tor is like cat­nip. The idea of get­ting to dress in won­der­ful pe­riod cos­tumes has al­ways been a big draw for me, so I was just thrilled when this came along.

How would you de­scribe your “When Hope Calls” char­ac­ter?

Tess Ste­wart is very in­de­pen­dent and very strong. She’s a wi­dow and she runs a ranch, so there’s no time for the frail­ties and van­i­ties of be­ing a wo­man on the fron­tier. She’s def­i­nitely am wo­man in a man’s world who has had to ne­go­ti­ate and sur­vive, and also raise a son. Un­like a lot of women of the time, she is am­bi­tious and she is fearless, and re­ally able to stand as an in­di­vid­ual.

You’ve long been a star in your na­tive Canada, and you’ve also had such world­wide movie hits as “Air Force One” and “The Santa Clause.” How do you as­sess your ca­reer?

To even have a cou­ple of those things that would be in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized is such a bless­ing. Both of those movies af­forded me the op­por­tu­nity to do so many smaller, in­ter­est­ing roles in other things. Hav­ing tent­poles like those gives you the flow into other stuff, and you get to prac­tice your craft in dif­fer­ent ways.

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