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Interview with Jade Harlow of "A
Daughter's Deception" on
It was fun to speak with Jade! We've
been Facebook friends a long time, and I happened to notice
when she posted about her new movie. I've interviewed
several actors recently who were on the soaps before, and
are in current Lifetime movies, so I took a chance and
messaged her about an interview. I'm so glad it worked out!
She's very kind and we had an excellent interview. Her movie
airs Saturday, March 23 at 8/7pm on Lifetime.
our interview. Here is the interview transcript:
Suzanne: Are you in LA?
I am. How 'bout you?
Suzanne: I'm in Arkansas.
Jade: Oh, very cool.
Suzanne: Yeah, not really.
Jade: Well, my family is from Tennessee, so I
know that they had a bad bout of rain that just would not
Jade: You all got hit
Suzanne: Yeah. It's funny, we had a
really dry spring and summer last year, and then after that
it's just rain, rain, rain, rain.
Jade: Well, I'm glad
to hear that it's drying up and warming up.
Yeah. That's good. Welcome, Facebook friend!
Hello, thank you. Thank you for having me.
Yes. So how did the role in this Lifetime movie come about
Jade: I went in to read for a casting
director named Paul Ready, who is fantastic. He's a great
man, and he does a lot of these kind of projects and other
projects. And I went in to read for him for something else
entirely. And I got the call, and I got an offer for what I
went in to read for. And then I got another call right away
that was like, "Hold on, wait a minute there. They're gonna
move you to a different movie, just stay tuned." And I was
like, "What? Okay." And they ended up bumping up my position
and putting me on a different film, and that's how it
Suzanne: That's pretty unusual.
Jade: Yeah, it was
super unusual, but super awesome.
Suzanne: Yeah. I've
heard that Lifetime likes former soap opera actors, because
you can learn a whole lot of dialogue really quickly, and
they make those movies very quickly, and also you have fans
Jade: Yeah, they do do these films and
the Hallmark films really, really fast. My experience that
it's two weeks of shooting, six day weeks, long days. But
they're really efficient. So it doesn't feel like too much.
And they're a blast to do... I've met some phenomenal people,
and gone to some really cool little places I never would've
Suzanne: Right. So it took about two weeks
to make this?
Jade: Yes, it took exactly two weeks.
Two six day weeks with Sundays off.
Where was it filmed?
Jade: We shot "A
Daughter's Deception" in the Simi Valley area.
Suzanne: What can
you tell us about the story and your role in it?
Jade: She was a young mother, and because of her parents'
beliefs, they would not allow her to keep the baby. So she
had to give the baby up for adoption. And she herself being
a minor at the time, the parents had the control. And it
broke her heart, but she did it. And as soon as she could
move out of that house, she got out of that house and away
from the oppression of her parents, and started a life for
herself. And met a great guy and had another beautiful
daughter and a happy family. And then one day her first born
shows up out of the blue, which is everything you'd want if
you'd wondered, "Is she gonna be okay? Are they gonna love
her like I would love her and take care of her?" So that's
all the safe stuff I can tell you.
Suzanne: If you go to the Lifetime
site they have a real short synopsis. But the daughter is
not what she expected, and that she's--
Jade: Not at
Suzanne: Doing whatever she can to the people who
get in her way, and all that kinda thing.
She very quickly develops a relationship with the daughter
that I have when she comes back into my life, which normally,
under those circumstances you think, "Okay, here's my first
born that I had to give up for adoption, and I have another
child in a stable home. How is this gonna work?" And they
end up getting along really, really well, which in the
beginning is everything that my character wants, and then
becomes a point of worry.
Suzanne: What was your favorite thing
about filming it?
Jade: It was the people, honestly.
Everybody from the directors, who are awesome. Kenny Gage
and Devon Downs are fantastic, they're a team of directors
that do more than just these kind of films. So they have an
unusual approach, but also you just feel like you're in
really good, safe hands with them. Sorry, I'm drying off my
Jade: And the producers and
the cast, they were all just really good people to spend
hours and hours and hours troubleshooting and working this
Suzanne: Okay, great. I see in the cast
list here on IMDB that Dan Gauthier is in the
Jade: Yes he is.
Suzanne: Does he
play your husband?
Jade: No. Playing my husband is
... Oh my gosh, it's been over a year.
Jade: Rusty Joiner.
Jade: Rusty Joiner plays my husband in the
Suzanne: Okay. Yeah, I knew the name Dan
Gauthier 'cause he used to be on "One Life to
Jade: Well, I'm sure once you see him, you'll be
like, "You haven't aged a day."
Suzanne: Oh, yeah. He
was always cute.
Suzanne: Now, were
there any challenges involved in filming the movie?
Jade: Yeah, every film and show comes with a new set
of its own unique challenges. I will say in this one (and I hope
this isn't giving too much away) there's a sequence that
required some stunts. And they had stunt doubles there all
prepared to go in and do whatever needs doing, and they were
a great team of stunt actresses. And I'd been boxing for
like nine months and I was like, "I wanna take a go, I wanna
have a try. Let me try to do this." And I did several takes
of what my stunt person was going to do for me, and, girl, I
have never been so sore in my life! And bruised. And I fully
regretted that. I will now leave that up to the
professionals. But I'm proud that I did it.
That's good. And they're gonna use the part that you did?
Not say, "Okay, let's do it with the stunt double."?
Jade: No. Once they saw my first go at it, they were just
like, "Let's do it. Let's just use her. It's fine."
Suzanne: That's good.
Jade: There is one scene where
my double, after I had done it, I looked at her and I was
like, "Girl, please, can you?" And she was like, "I've been
dying for you to ask." So, yeah....
Suzanne: So that's
good. At least it wasn't all for nothing; they're at least
using some of what you did. That's good.
Jade: Oh no,
they're using a lot of what I did.
Suzanne: Oh good,
Suzanne: Actually it's
Jade: If you can see my face, you know it's
Suzanne: Okay. It's funny because I just watched
a comedy called 'Con Man', it's about actors who do a sci-fi
kind of film. Anyway, there's a part in it where the guy is
in this show, and he doesn't wanna let the stunt man-- he's
being all macho and doesn't wanna let the stunt man do his
job. And then, of course, every terrible thing happens to him.
Jade: Of course.
Suzanne: So that reminds me of
Jade: Always. Yeah.
Suzanne: Do you ever
get recognized when you're out in public for your roles? And
if so, which ones?
Jade: Sometimes. It's always a
little odd, 'cause you assume when someone's like, "Oh, I
know you," it's like, "Oh, no, I've forgotten someone I
Suzanne: Oh, right.
Jade: You have this
feeling of, "Oh no. I've just forgot." And then they're
like, "I know you from ..." And it's like, "Oh, thank God.
Okay, thank you." So, yeah, that's happened a couple of
times. It's funny that happened to me most recently... there's
a little place down the street that does really good facials
for a good price. And I went in, and, I don't know if you've
ever had a facial, or even done one at home, but you don't
look so good right after.
Suzanne: Ah, okay.
Jade: You know what I mean? You have no makeup on... if there
is anything going on, on your face, it's in full bloom. And I
got recognized right after a facial, and it was for a
Christmas movie I had done, it was around the holidays last
year. She was very, very sweet about it. But I sort of
walked away going, "Man, I wish I had makeup on when that
Suzanne: I'm sure you looked great, anyway.
She couldn't have recognized you if you didn't.
That's crazy, I couldn't believe it. I thought, "Okay, if I
go with no makeup, I'm fully incognito, right?" No. Wrong.
This is a lesson that even to the grocery store, I should
have a little something on.
Suzanne: Well, if she
recognized you, though, then you must look pretty close.
'Cause otherwise she wouldn't have recognized you.
Jade: Well, thank you.
Suzanne: If you looked that
Jade: Here's hoping, here's hoping. Thank
Suzanne: You were on "Passions," and also on
"Days of Our Lives".... soap fans can be a little out there
sometimes. Do you have any crazy or funny fan encounter
Jade: Yeah. A few, to be honest, 'cause they
are really loyal and very diehard, very similar to Comicon
Jade: Back in the day,
when I was doing "Passions," I remember doing a charity
basketball tournament, and there was a bathroom -- we used the
same bathroom as everybody in the school, all the people
attending the basketball game -- And there was a broken stall.
was the only one free. And I went in, and fans came in, and
were trying to engage, and I really had to be like, "Can you
just hold this door closed for me, for just like two minutes,
and I promise you, I will be right back, and of course do and
say whatever you need?" But I had to ask for help because
the bathroom door was fully broken, yeah.
That's funny. Did they ask you questions while you were in
Jade: They knew it was the only bathroom for
everybody attending the game. You're at a high school, it
was the high school bathroom. I was totally like, "You guys
let me know where the principal is, and I'll let them know
that he's gotta fix that door in the ladies' room." And they
were like, "Could you?" I was like, "You betcha."
Suzanne: That's funny. Do you still stay in touch with any
actors from those shows?
Jade: I do see a few on
occasion and stay in touch with some of them. I just did a
podcast with Chrystee Pharris....
Suzanne: Oh, all
Jade: She's fantastic. She's such a talent and
such a great person. That should be coming out I think in
the next month. I text with Dana Sparks, who played my mom, a
Suzanne: Oh, she was great.
Jade: Yeah. I
adore her. She's so rock and roll. What no one will ever
know is that Dana is such a rock star deep down. So I really
love her, and I see Eric Martsof often. Yeah,
those are the ones. Oh, and Galen [Gering], run into
Galen here and there. But it's always a happy
reunion with those folks. We were tight knit then, and
there's always a family-protective-love vibe when I run into
Suzanne: That's nice. Do you have anything else
coming up this year that you can tell us about?
I'm thrilled to announce that I just found out an hour ago
that I got nominated for an Emmy.
Jade: I was nominated for best lead actress in the
Amazon series that I've been doing called "The Bay."
Suzanne: Oh right, yeah.
Jade: Yeah. So really over
the moon, excited, and WOOO about that right now.
Jade: I'm so excited. Girl,
I don't even know what to do. I fully wanna go out and have
a margarita early in the day by myself and just be like,
"Yay!" But I won't. I will restrain myself.
Well, if you do, wear a hat and sunglasses. You don't want a
picture of you coming out of there.
Jade: I know,
right? Drinking alone. That's a little weird. And yeah, I
have a film that is going to Tribeca right now, it's a
prequel of a short that I did years ago called "Turning
Point." And what they've done, is, they've taken a series of
shorts that they shot, like, episodes, and they've strung them
together in a way where you can see various parts of the
world collapsing during the apocalypse as the virus goes
widespread. And I'm playing an EMT in the middle of ...
Right before quarantine happens, and curfew. So the world is
on fire, and I'm going from house-to-house, trying to decipher
who's been infected and who's just having a heart attack,
and that kinda thing. And that will also be called "Turning
Point." And that's by writer-director duo Ryan Morrison and
Joe Pena, who just did the incredible survival film
"Arctic," I don't know if you saw it....?
Suzanne: No, I
Jade: It's the best survival film, in my
opinion, ever made. And they have another film coming out
with Anna Kendrick and Tony Colette called "Stowaway." So, it
was great to meet up with them again after all of these
years, and shoot something. 'Cause they're such great
Suzanne: I guess I chose the right person to interview,
since you just got that nomination... that's great.
Jade: I'm shocked. I was like, "Does she know something I
don't?" Because the time that you chose was the same time as
the nominations dropping.
Suzanne: Oh, that's funny.
Jade: And it just so happened that they started coming
out a little earlier than the interweb told me they would.
Suzanne: That's great. No, I guess I just got lucky.
Jade: Both of us.
Suzanne: Well, I saw you posting
about your Lifetime movie. And I just interviewed two former
soap actors last week who have Lifetime movies, and I was
going to be interviewing another one this week. And I asked
the woman that got me in touch with the others, "Hey, can
you get me in touch with Jade Harlow?" And she said ... She
wasn't apparently connected to that particular movie. So I
said, "Well, I'll give her a try on Facebook, see what
Jade: Well, I'm so glad you did. A good
girlfriend of mine, Alicia Willis, just did a Lifetime movie.
Suzanne: Yes. Yeah, she's one of the ones
I interviewed last week!
Jade: Okay, great, she's such a good
person. I love her.
Suzanne: Oh, she seems very nice.
Jade: Yeah, she's super cool.
And she was in "The Bay," too, right?
she's also on "The Bay."
Suzanne: Cool. I have to
watch that one of these days. There's so many things out
Jade: Well it's like if you have somebody that
you love, for example with 'One Life to Live', and you
haven't seen them in a long time, chances are they're on our
Suzanne: Yeah. No, I know all about it. It's
just one of those things. There's so many-
There's so much to watch, I get it.
And I try to watch all the new shows coming out, and plus I
have DVDs to review. So I've always got a stack of things to
Jade: Right. Right, well, hopefully they're
more good ones than not so good ones...?
yeah, no, it's a great time. It's a great time to be a fan of
good TV. There's just so much of it.
Jade: Yeah. Oh,
yeah. What are you looking forward to coming out?
Suzanne: Oh, wow.
Jade: As far as shows and stuff go?
Suzanne: I don't know. I can't answer that right now.
Jade: All right.
Suzanne: If I think of
something, I'll tell you on Facebook.
Suzanne: My mind is kind of like--
I will say, I've been waiting for over a year for the new
season of 'Game of Thrones'.
Suzanne: Oh, yeah.
Jade: The nerd in me is so excited.
actually, no, I do know. I do know. I can't think of the
name of it now, but there's a comedy on IFC with Hank
Azaria that I really love, and it's coming
Jade: He's so talented.
April 3rd the season three is coming back... "Brockmire!" that's
what it's called.
Jade: Oh, "Brockmire."
Suzanne: Yeah, love that show, so funny.
have to check it out.
Suzanne: It's gross sometimes,
but it's more funny than gross. And then also "Lodge 49,"
when that comes back, that's another one that's really good...
Jade: Oh wow. These are new things that
you're bringing for me to watch.
Suzanne: Well, good.
Jade: I love it. Thank you.
It's not a hilarious comedy, but it's a good comedy, and
it's got great characters, and it's really good. What's his
Russel's son, Wyatt, stars in it.
Jade: Oh. Oh,
Suzanne: Yeah, no, it's really
interesting. I recommend it to everybody. So you should
check it out.
Jade: I'll check it out.
Suzanne: Yeah, definitely. Now, anything else you'd like to
say to your fans?
Jade: Thank you. Really, I mean, I
know it sounds like the obvious thing to say. But thank you
for watching my stuff, and supporting me, and just really
adding to the joy of being in this business. It's hard, and
you deal with a lot of "no," and you deal with a lot of
rejection. And the fans don't always realize it, but
sometimes they can be the ones to turn your world upside
down and bring you a smile on a day where you didn't think
one was coming.
Suzanne: Aw, that's nice.
Jade: So, yeah. Thank you.
Suzanne: Okay. Now, do you
have an official bio that you can send me that I can add on
Jade: I don't.
Suzanne: How 'bout an
Jade: You know what? A long time ago
somebody was like, "You should make a bio." And I went,
"Ha!" Let me just see, I'm gonna do the inbox all mailboxes,
see if anything shows up with bio. Oh, look! Something showed
up. I have something.
Suzanne: Okay, good. Well.
just post it to me on messenger, if you would?
got it. I'm doing it right now.
Suzanne: All right,
thanks, appreciate it.
Jade: No, thank you.
Suzanne: Well, and thanks for calling me. And good luck, I'll
keep my fingers crossed for you for the Daytime Emmy.
Jade: Thank you, Suzanne, I so appreciate it.
Suzanne: All right. Thanks a lot.
Suzanne: Bye bye.
Jade Harlow is a three time Emmy
award winning actress and producer. She is Known for her
work in television and film. Projects such as NBC’s Days of
Our Lives, CBS’s ZOO, Marvel’s Agents of Shield & she is
nominated for another Emmy this year for Best Lead Actress
for her role as “Lianna Ramos” on Amazon’s The Bay The
Series. Catch her this Saturday in “A Daughter’s Deception”
Jade Harlow on social media:
Official Site for the movie
Forced to give up her daughter for
adoption when she's underage, Laura is thrilled to welcome
her now adult daughter Bree back into her life. She quickly
discovers that Bree is a sociopath with murderous tendencies
and poses a clear and present danger to anyone who threatens
to get in her way. Jade Harlow, Rusty Joiner, Kennedy
Tucker, Skyler Wright, Ren Ashton, and Brian McGovern star.
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