It’s Friday! FRIYAY! What are your plans? Well, part of my plan is to start off your weekend with a little friendly rivalry and competition. This idea has been cooking up in my brain for a while, and I’m so excited to finally be able to share it with you! I wish I could say I had a new Kami and Sarah original fan fiction. Sadly, that is not the case. But I do believe I’m bringing you something almost as entertaining, and it’s definitely just as suspenseful!

 

And with that introduction – Hooked Heartie Productions, in association with Kami Clements Studios, proudly present:

A Mountie. A Gambler. Two Men, One Goal: the Heart of a Teacher. Who will triumph?!

 

 

We’ve all been curious as to the answer. Some of us have speculated, many have joined teams, and all will just have to wait and see what happens. So I thought it would be fun to initiate a point system based on the gentlemen’s interactions with Elizabeth to see who SHOULD win. 😉 For the sake of keeping a decent count, this system only awards or takes points for topics or situations that involve ELIZABETH. And no, you don’t get the whole season in one post; where’s the fun in that? So…gather around #TeamLucas and #TeamNathan! And remember, these points are from my perspective and my opinion, and they’re just for fun. This is a great way to relive Season 6, and your mark, get set, GOOOOOOOOOOOO!

E3: Queen of Hearts
LUCAS: +1 He’s handsome!
+1 He called her intelligent
+1 He complimented her personality
+1 He called her independent
-1 Made a total fool of himself by making assumptions
-1 Asked about her husband at the Grand Opening party

 

E4: Vote of Confidence
LUCAS: -1 Causing all the noise
-1 Going up against Abigail. (When trying to impress a woman, never go up against her best friend
+1 Coming to a compromise, and cooperating with the town

 

Now for Nathan….Well…Nathan hasn’t arrived yet, so unfortunately for him, his score is

NATHAN: 0

 

GRAND TOTAL: LUCAS – 1, NATHAN – 0

Whoa! Lucas almost canceled himself out there! Good thing he gave Elizabeth three compliments at their first meeting! He, himself, admitted he has a knack for saying the wrong thing to her. So Lucas pulls ahead, but only by a hair…and the Mountie has yet to ride into town. So we’ll see what happens next week. But come back Wednesday as I review the #Winterfest movie that left me completely enchanted! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

 

Photo credit: Crown Media 

Editing credit: Sarah Nitsch  

Happy Hump Day…plus 1! Life again, but I appreciate your indulgence.

How is everyone? I’m personally having one of those out-of-body experiences when it feels like forever since New Year’s Day, but on the other hand, the end of the month is rushing up on me without warning! I can’t believe it’s already time to prepare for Valentine’s Day, but we are! But of course, what seems very far away is the premiere date of When Calls the Heart. Hopefully our busy lives will be filled so the day will approach quickly!

In the meantime, I’ve got a special treat for you! In the coming weeks, I’ll have something extra fun every Friday until the premiere. I’m actually really excited about this, and I think you’ll find it as fun and entertaining as I do…at least I hope! 😀 But you have to come back tomorrow on Friday to see what we’re doing! It’s going to be wild!

As for today, we are DEFINITELY going to be entertained! I trust most of you have seen the latest Gourmet Detective film by now? I’m so glad it’s back! And to make matters even better, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries aired a marathon of every Gourmet Detective movie in existence beforehand; which was the perfect way to set the tone, and get us in the mood. I recorded the entire run! I considered watching all the old ones before watching the latest installment, but I didn’t want to wait! So I watched Roux the Day early Monday morning, and I’m trying to get through the others. It’s just hard when you have to do things like clean dishes, help with homework, cook dinner, and share the television with four children. 😉

First of all, I’ve included the link to the Hallmarkies Podcast interview with Dylan Neal down below, of which I got to take part. He is such a riot! I’ll let him do the talking for any subject we cover; just block out some time because he was quite the talker. And he mentions a certain twist. Can you identify it? Just copy and paste in your browser.

Second, I’m going to quickly list the things I didn’t care for. I’m doing them first because it’s like vegetables: good to have, but let’s get them out of the way, and move on to dessert!

                   • I really missed Marc Senior as Bailey and Brenda Crichlow as Nolan. I know there are a million reasons why they couldn’t/didn’t come back; I just missed the amazing and hysterical banter that had been present in the other movies between Bailey and Munro. I also am a huge fan of character consistency. But things happen that are beyond control, so no use crying over spilled milk.

                  • While I loved the comfort level of Maggie’s and Henry’s relationship, it was a little TOO much like an old married couple for me. We only got 2 kisses, and one was in front of dear old Dad. Even though I totally understand why they didn’t, I would have LOVED to see them get engaged.

 

Okay, enough of the yucky stuff! So now let’s talk about the parts that I loved!

                   • Even though I would have liked to see a bit more romance, I do love watching a cute couple in an easy, ongoing relationship. Henry and Maggie aren’t your typical, touchy-feely pair. So I did enjoy watching the little ways they were sweet to each other. My favorite was him calling her “Honey” when he’s lecturing her on the state of her car. She also called him “Hon” when she thanked him for the “stale, black coffee”.

                    • The best shot in the WHOLE FILM was the hose and the gun simultaneously pointed at Nicholas Belvedere!

                     • That was the best shot. The best PART was when Jim Ross showed up at Milo’s (book binder) house to provide the distraction for the search behind his mirror. Classic!
                     • There were SO MANY When Calls the Heart actors in here! More than have been in one movie in a long time! It would be too difficult to “discuss” all of them, but here’s the list.

1. Bruce Boxleitner (BRILLIANT move any time he’s involved!)
• Jim Ross
• Gentleman Johnny Boone (S6)
2. Lane Edwards
• Nicholas Belvedere
• Man who caused Jack to suspect Rosemary’s kidnapping (S2)
3. Jennifer Copping
• Elsa Edwards
• Matilda Grady, Bo’s mother (S1)
4. Noel Johansen
• Eric the lawyer
• Roger Tower, wants to buy the café (S2)
5. Billy Wickman
• Daniel the theif and 1st murderer
• Jeb the thieving stagecoach driver (S6)
6. Ali Skovbye
• Maggie’s daughter Abby, (even if she wasn’t in there for long due to her filming schedule.)
• Becky Hastings Stanton

 

One more thing I’ll mention. Dylan does an EXCELLENT job with fear, and Brooke does an equally amazing job with the forging ahead of a cop. Many times, the amateur in these mysteries doesn’t show nearly enough fear at the thought of being shot dead. And if they do, the more movies they film, the less fear they project. But as Henry is crawling through the greenhouses, he’s panting, he’s sweating. He’s trying to think of ideas to take Nick down, but nothing works! And when Nick has him, he attempts bravery by telling Maggie not to come out; but in reality, he’s terrified! I’m so glad Dylan took that path with the character. It fits the situation so much better!

Maggie, on the other hand, never falters, as she shouldn’t. Of course cops get scared, but they’re trained to deal with it, and handle the situation at hand. Brooke does a fabulous job of reacting to danger, but hiding that reaction and taking control of the problem in a sort of “female James Bond” kind of way.

Okay, everyone. Enjoy the interview! I’ll see you tomorrow! You won’t want to miss it! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

 

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Hello, hello! Phew! We’ve made it to Friday! Did you ever think we would? This is a particular Friday for me. Not only are we celebrating Jaiven’s birthday this week, TODAY is someone’s special day: my little girl! Problem is, she’s not so little anymore. She turned 9 this morning! Hard to believe! But it’s super fun that we both still love When Calls the Heart, and now she’s getting old enough to enjoy it for more reasons than just spotting horses and identifying colors. 😀 Happy birthday, Kyrah girl!

As you know, for the Friday of a WCTH actor’s birthday week, we look at his or her favorite moment in the form of a #FlashbackFriday. Well, we’re lucky! We got TWO favorite moments, and some backstory to the filming. Plus, I get to add in my own thoughts. 😉 So here are Jaiven’s words first.

Q: What is your favorite Robert moment? Why?
A: Oh I have a few…I’d have to say the fainting scene was super fun! I’ve never done anything like that, so it’s really cool. Paul is alsoSUPER fun to work with. And the bear scene was great!

Q: What scene/episode challenged you the most, either in a good way or a hard way?
A: I’d definitely say the bear scene in Season 4 was the most challenging. I actually worked with the director, Peter, to really get into my emotions; to feel the scene, and what I was trying to get the audience to see from Robert. He felt bad about lying and tricking his friends…and teacher.

Poor Robert, getting completely crushed by his conscience. Frankly, I don’t know why Opal was ignoring Miss Thatcher in the first place. So out of character! But it gave lots of people a chance to do something good.

That’s what I really loved about this storyline. Here are my thoughts. Not only did one of the school kids get a chance in the spotlight as a focus of the episode, but it affected so many people around him. Robert himself learned the importance of telling the truth, and how one choice can involve so many people; not to mention how to look ahead to the future. Elizabeth got the chance to prove her philosophy to Jack about children coming to their teacher, and Jack took the opportunity to trust Elizabeth and her methods. Most of all, Bill seized the moment to reach out to a child; something he hadn’t done much of up to that point. He became a mentor figure the kids can now come to, someone they can trust. Plus, all the adults were able to enjoy a good laugh at Robert’s terror at the prospect of being arrested. So look at all the good you did with a lie, Robert!

Well, that wraps it up! Happy birthday again, Jaiven! Much love from the Hearties. And my love to you all! I’m off to my daughter’s birthday dinner. This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Evening, all! We’ve got quite the treat for you today! As most of you know, a certain someone had a very special day on Friday. And he was kind enough to chat with me in honor of it. So without further ado, here is our very own Robert, aka Jaiven Natt, to celebrate his 15th birthday!

Hi, Jaiven! Happy birthday! Thanks for coming on the blog!
Jaiven: Thank YOU for this opportunity! It means a lot.

Okay! Let’s dive right in!

1. Where were you born? Do you still call the same city home?
I was born in Surrey, British Columbia.

2. Tell us about your family.
I live with my parents and my sister, Saija, who is 11, and little brother, Jextin. My family camps, and we do lots of family trips and get-togethers.

3. What is your absolute favorite place to go out to eat, and what dish would you get there?
Cactus Club 100%. I always get root beer and chicken strips and fries, extra Ketchup 😊

4. Did you do any historical research to prep to play Robert? Were you given lots of direction on his character, or given free rein? Somewhere in the middle?
Actually, I just went in and was myself.

5. How old were you when you first started WCTH?
I was nine years old when I booked When Calls the Heart.😁

6. Describe your first day on set.
Oh wow! My first day on set was pretty fun. I met Carter🎥😆 and Erin. I got to work with a stunt guy that helped us with our fight scene. Haha so fun, Cody and Robert meet and have a fight on my first day😂

7. Do you have any hidden talents the Hearties might not know about?
I am a dancer and football player. I love basketball also. But nothing crazy

8. What kind of fan interaction experiences have you had, especially from HFR? Any stories stand out?
My fan experience has been so cool! I can’t believe how lucky I am to have so many kind people support the show and Robert. I feel so lucky to have the positive energy from all the Heartie fans. I actually enjoy meeting all of them it’s so much fun.

9. What is your favorite non-WCTH role you’ve done?
I would say my favorite non-WCTH role would be Adam on X-Files. Because again I got to do something I’ve never done before. Wearing prosthetics was super challenging but fun at the same time. It was a little spooky. But I like to try new things as a actor.

10. When your filming schedule bleeds into the school year, how do YOU balance school with work?
I just try to stay on top of my work so after auditions come in, I’ll be home with my schoolwork. And even when I get a few auditions that are overlapping I just try to make sure I’m really good with my time management so I can balance them both.

11. We’ve seen you post pictures of you and the other young actors from WCTH, on and off set. You all seem to get along well. What do you like to do together when you’re not working? How have you passed the time on set when you have to sit and wait, alone or together?

When the cast kids are together on set we have so much fun. We play games, talk and do our school work together onset. But we also hang out and have so much fun offset also. We usually get together and watch When Calls the Heart when the new season comes out. I really consider them all my very close friends.

15. If you could play any character currently in existence, who would that be?
I can’t believe I still want to be Spider-Man but if I had the chance to play any character, that’s it. ** SpiderMan**

16. Who’s your favorite character on the show, besides Robert?
That is a hard one because I have a few. But I think the funniest character would definitely be Rosemary. Just watching her when she’s in character makes you laugh. She is so good at her role😊

17. Who would you love to work with someday?
Ryan Reynolds would be really cool.

18. What did you do for your birthday? Anything special?
It was my friend’s birthday also, so we celebrated at his house. I’m having my birthday party at the end of the month. It’s going to be fun … Pizza, football and a sleepover lots of school friends…

19. Anything else you’d like to share? Maybe any future projects you’re allowed to share, or things happening in your own life that are special to you?
I am just auditioning right now so fingers crossed and good vibes I book something🤞🏻 I am going to start basketball soon so that will be fun. 

And there you have it, Hearties! Come back Friday for the rest! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom! 

Hello Hearties! Welcome to our first #FlashbackFriday of the year! So sorry it’s taken me so long to get something new up; scheduling and kid conflicts, back to school, etc. I’m excited though. This idea just popped in my head, so I got a little giddy. Warning you now, this is not my typical kind of post, so brace yourselves.

We’re flashing back to several moments today. I was actually inspired to write this post after watching Home for Christmas, and seeing some of the interviews introducing Season 7. I really do have to say, while I still am not completely sold to #TeamNathan as of yet, he scored some MAJOR points in that lovely little film. There were lots of fabulous and heart-fluttering moments that really seemed to connect them. But Kevin McGarry said himself in an interview with ET that Nathan needs to “read a book” on how to talk to women. Admittedly, yeah, he’s right.

Then if you saw “When Hope Calls”, you know that Kevin made a guest appearance as the character of Nathan, and in more than one episode. So, what is the answer to the question in the title? The answer is…both. It was so funny to see such a stark contrast in the same man. I know there are two sides to every person, but I believe the difference in personality was so noticeable because it happened on different programs, and around different characters. Careful now! If you haven’t watched “When Hope Calls”, and you don’t like spoilers, I wouldn’t read any further until you have seen it. 🙂

In Brookfield, Constable Grant is akin to Superman. He speaks with authority and confidence concerning the train robber, he efficiently and carefully conducts a search of the sisters’ guest cottage to look for a suspect, and he very much acts like the more experienced Mountie with Gabe; although at the same time, he listens and collaborates creatively with Constable Kinslow to apprehend the thief. He has no qualms about putting his feet up on Gabe’s desk, or calling himself “the best tracker in the territory”, or reminding the younger man that he wired HIM for help. He even survived a dynamite blast, and regains consciousness just in time to save Gabriel’s life when the perpetrator is about to shoot. And there’s nothing timid about the way he handles the bearded man once he’s in custody, or how he tells Gabe he’s doing a very dangerous deed risking his life to get Sinclair arrested. The only time I saw him falter even a little bit was when he regrettably admitted he had lost the train thief three days prior.

But every superhero has some kind of weakness, and it appears that Nathan’s kryptonite is females in Hope Valley. It’s obvious that while he raises Allie with a firm hand, he has a total soft spot for his niece. He tries so hard to make things easier and enjoyable for her, that he almost comes off as nervous around her.

Where does the REAL nervousness appear? In a forcefield around Mrs. Elizabeth Thornton. It’s almost as if she pushes the “on” switch whenever she walks toward him, and the great Constable Grant is rendered useless. The man’s up for an inspector’s promotion, for heaven sake, but the only thing he can think to say is, “The founders would be proud.” Now I will acknowledge that there have only been two times we’ve gotten to see him be a “real” Mountie in Hope : 1) catching the stagecoach robbers, and 2) rescuing Lucas and Elizabeth from Amos Dixon. Good thing the kryptonite was defective at that point, or Elizabeth wouldn’t have lived through the experience! But that is one thing I hope changes in Season 7. We always see Nathan as serious, nervous, edgy, trying to look good in front of Elizabeth, or trying to get a laugh from Allie with bad jokes. I hope we see Nathan really use his ingenuity and shine at his job. There are so many dangers he can save Hope Valley from if given the chance.

So that’s my take on the two sides of our new Mountie. One more insight into Nathan’s head comes from the man himself. The video below was posted on Twitter by Super Channel Heart and Home, and it comes from HFR#5. Enjoy, and LAUGH!

One more thing before I sign off: don’t forget to wish Jaiven Natt a happy birthday today! He just keeps getting older somehow. And if you’re all good little readers, maybe I’ll have something special regarding our curly–topped teen next week. This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!