Katie Lee Biegel On Lacey Chabert & Extra – Hollywood Life

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Katie Lee Biegel will admit that her novel Groundwell getting the Hallmark film remedy is a “welcome shock” since she printed the ebook all the way in which again in 2011. The film, premiering August 21 at 9 p.m. on Hallmark Films & Mysteries, stars Lacey Chabert and Ektor Rivera.

“After I first heard that Hallmark needed to start out manufacturing on the film, Lacey was the primary person who I considered,” Katie instructed HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY. “I actually needed her for the half as a result of I’m such a fan of hers. I believe she’s so implausible in Hallmark films. I believe that is like her thirty second Hallmark film. She’s simply so good and so plausible, and I believe she’s an amazing actress. Ektor actually embodies Ben, and the 2 of them once you see them on display screen collectively they’ve nice chemistry.”

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Katie Lee Biegel and Lee Anne Wong in ‘Groundswell.’ (Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Karen Neal)

The movie follows a chef named Emma who travels to Hawaii after a private {and professional} setback. Throughout her keep, she meets Ben, a good-looking, reclusive surf teacher whose classes assist her to regain her footing.

The cooking present host serves as an government producer and in addition makes a cameo within the movie. “It was an surprising shock,” Katie admitted. “I used to be so excited after they requested me to do a cameo. I play myself so it wasn’t an actual appearing stretch. I used to be slightly nervous that I couldn’t keep in mind my traces, however our director was nice. She made me really feel snug. I used to be most likely my most nervous once I needed to movie a scene with Lacey and simply discuss to her one-on-one as a result of most of it was me judging a culinary competitors so I felt like, hey, I can do that. However once I needed to give slightly bit that wasn’t simply criticizing meals I obtained slightly nervous.”

Within the journey of taking Groundswell to the TV display screen, adjustments have been made. “It’s fairly completely different within the film model than the ebook model, however I type of favored that,” Katie famous. “I felt like my characters have taken on a brand new mild and a brand new dimension. It’s enjoyable seeing how the screenwriter shapes my unique story to make it applicable for a TV film. I simply adore it. After I went to Hawaii, it was all pinch-me moments all day lengthy of feeling like I can’t imagine that is taking place and watching it in any respect.”

When The Kitchen co-host watched the film for the primary time, it introduced her to tears in one of the simplest ways. “I cried. I used to be sobbing. I simply felt like I couldn’t imagine it actually occurred,” Katie instructed HollywoodLife. “It was actually a dream come true, and after they do the final line of the film  — I received’t say what it’s to smash it for anyone — nevertheless it simply made me burst into tears. I’m simply blown away by the entire thing.”

The movie options a variety of attractive meals dishes. Katie obtained the prospect to reunite with a Prime Chef alum in Groundwell. “I talked with the writers about completely different dishes to characteristic after which my co-judge within the scenes of the culinary competitors Lee Anne Wong from Prime Chef,” Katie revealed. “I do know Lee Anne from years in the past once we had been on the primary season of Prime Chef collectively. So when it was time to forged my choose, I instantly considered Lee Anne since she lives in Hawaii. So we put her in that function and Lee Anne really stepped in and did a whole lot of the meals styling for the film. She’s such a gifted stylist, so she stepped in and styled the dishes that had been Lacey’s and made them look phenomenal.”

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Lacey Chabert and Ektor Rivera. (Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Karen Neal)

When watching her ebook come to life on TV, Katie hopes that viewers take away that “you all the time have the facility inside you. You simply have to seek out it. It’s all the time there. Browsing can be a metaphor for that and studying to stand up by yourself to see you’ve obtained that leash that attaches your ankles to the board, so when you fall off, you’ll be able to pull your self again up. I believe it’s actually about how typically shedding all the pieces that you just thought you needed is how you discover precisely what you want.”

Katie has printed a number of cookbooks over time, however Groundswell stays her solely fiction novel. She instructed HollywoodLife that she “would love to put in writing one other novel or a screenplay. That’s one thing that I actually hope that I do down the road. I really feel like my mind cells aren’t fairly all there after having the toddler working round. I haven’t been capable of give you one other story however possibly as soon as she begins college, I can write a novel once more.”

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