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Interview with Lindsay Hartley of "Dying
To Be Loved" on Lifetime 4/14/16
Lindsay is a soap opera veteran, having appeared first in
then subsequently on "All
My Children" and "Days
of Our Lives." She was one of the biggest stars on
"Passions," a heroine who was often in peril. She's always
been a great actress and really makes you feel for her. You
can check out her full resume at
She's been in many movies and TV shows as well as the soaps.
of our interview, and here's the transcript by
Don't miss her thrilling Lifetime movie this
Saturday, April 16 at 8pm.
1. So what was the casting process like for this movie?
Actually, they just did it off of my reel and resume. They put a search out
for it and a breakdown, and my agent submitted me through with my material; so
actually, I didn't have to go in and put myself on tape or audition in front of
2. How long did filming take?
This was about 3-1/2 weeks. They definitely knocked it out. No one does as many
pages as soap operas do. That's kind of a phenomenon in itself, my goodness.
They shoot so many pages in a day. This was about 30 some pages a week, I guess.
When you break it down that way, as opposed to 60 plus on a soap in a day. Very
3. Had you worked with any of the cast or crew before?
I hadn't. This was actually shot in Canada with all new crew and cast, and I had
a ball. Most of the crew had worked together in previous films. The cast came on
to their territory, and they were just awesome, wonderful -- Paloma, Dan, and
Jedidiah. We just had a great time.
4. You're a mother in real life. Did you use real-life feelings to act in the
Actually, there are two things. Yes, I would definitely say that being a mother
helps when you're playing a mother, because you definitely have that real
connection, that real true connection, that you don't have to think about. It's
just kind of in your body, but as far as the situations that were going on with
Jill in this particular movie, she had to deal with a lot of traumatic events,
so that I wouldn't put my child in there. In fact, I find that for me,
personally, if I were to use my child in that situation, your body just shuts
down. You don't want to go there. That's just not healthy, not normal. So it's
best for me to just really use Paloma, my daughter, who's 18 in the script, and
you don't have a hard time connecting to. There was so much there. You just use
that, and then the emotions come up.
5. What was the most challenging part of filming the movie?
I think it was just a lot of -- she kind of goes through quite the journey in
this film. You just always want to make it exciting for the audience. The
challenging part is am I good enough, will the audience go on this journey? So
you just try to do your best and hope that people enjoy the ride.
6. What was the most fun part about it?
Just being with people -- working together to create this project. Everybody is
on the same team, and it's so wonderful to get together and collaborate and make
this vision that this person wrote. It's up to the cast to play the characters
to get together and make it real. You try to do the best you can. So, I think
the best part is collaborating with everybody.
7. Did you get to do any action scenes?
There was one fight scene. It actually felt longer while we were shooting it,
but it was really quick when we were doing it. There was a stunt double, too. I
did my own. When it's on my character, it's definitely me; and then they do some
of her coverage from the back. I definitely wanted to make sure that I got to be
in there, because it just doesn't look real. That's my goal: I want you to buy
8. I read on Wikipedia that you lived with your family in San Diego. I'm from
No, that might be a different Lindsay Hartley. I was actually born in Palm
Springs, and I live in Los Angeles with my daughter. She's going to be 12 on
July 3. I do love San Diego, though. (Editor's Note: Wikipedia has it wrong)
9. I notice that your daughter's middle name is Justice. Was there a particular
reason for that?
Yeah, I kind of originally wanted to call her Justice as her first name. I
always loved that name; and, of course, her dad's name is Justin, and we thought
it would be super perfect. Then I got scared and thought, "Oh, God, what if she
hates that name growing up?" Maybe it's too strong, I don't know, so I got cold
feet, and then I threw it in the middle of her name, and then I ended up picking
my other favorite name, which is Isabella. I'm really glad that I chose that,
because she's a total -- We actually call her Bella or Belle. She's a total
Belle or Bella, you know what I mean? She's way girlier than a Justice. She's so
girly. She just loves things that sparkle, and she loves pink, and she so loves
the princesses, you know. I mean, even though the princesses are like more
mature-looking, like the growing-up version of Cinderella. She still loves that
idea of the fantasy. She is a girly girl, so thank God, we ended up calling her
10. Will you be in season 2 of Queens of Drama?
I don't think Queens of Drama is going to continue. It's kind of a bummer. We
don't know what's happening with it. It doesn't look like it's going to go, and
nothing -- You know, the ratings were great. We had a great fan base, but I
think POP TV might be going in a different direction, so we're not quite sure
what's going to happen with Queens of Drama, but it doesn't look like it's going
to go again. They were totally casting to replace one of the actresses or to
add, you could say that, too. To add an extra dimension to the show. Oh, yeah,
we were so excited, and I think they just changed their minds. We had such a
great time. The girls were wonderful -- we had a great time. We all bonded, you
know? We're kind of waiting to see if another network will pick it up, but, as
of right now, there's kind of no way.
11. Do you have any other projects that you're working on?
Yes, I start next week on a movie called Death House. It's a horror film. My
first horror film. I'm very excited. You can find a bunch of information online
about this particular movie. The creator has written a movie where he's casting
the actors that play these iconic characters in the 80s, so like the guy that
played the character of Jason, Kane Hodder, or Danny Trejo, Dee Wallace who was
in ET, or the guy who was in Hellraiser -- all these scary movies from the 80s.
The actors are going to be in this film with an entirely different concept. It's
about a prison with 9 levels. My character is on the 9th level, and she's one of
the five evils of hell. So, I get to be like a scary person, for a change.
[Laughs] I'm so excited, so I'm kind of looking forward to it. I mean, it's one
thing to be like a nightmare nurse, but my character's looking like pure evil.
It's going to be so much fun, you know. I'm excited.
12. Do you still stay in touch with any of your former soap opera co-workers?
Oh, yeah, definitely. It's so easy to stay in touch with people, because of
social media and texting. There are just so many ways that you cannot not keep
in touch, so we're very, very lucky. I still talk to people all the time, yeah!
13. Anything else you'd like to say to your fans?
Always thank you for just being there and for taking the time out of your life
to support us, and I can't appreciate it enough.
Lindsay Hartley (All My Children, Days of our Lives) and
(Bates Motel) star as mother and daughter
in the new Lifetime TV movie,
"Dying to be Loved," premiering this
Saturday, April 16 at 8pm.
WHEN IT LOOKS LIKE HER DAUGHTER IS
INVOLVED IN A DOUBLE SUICIDE PACT, A MOTHER WILL STOP AT
NOTHING TO PROVE SHE IS ALIVE AND IN DANGER IN “DYING TO BE
Lindsay Hartley (“All My
Children,” Passions,” “Days of our Lives”), Paloma
Kwiatkowski (“Bates Motel”), Dan Payne (“The Cabin in the
Woods”) and Jedidiah Goodacre (Tomorrowland”) star in
the thriller “DYING TO BE
LOVED” Premiering Saturday,
April 16 (8pm ET/PT) on
Fans of the daytime dramas “All My Children,” “Days of
our Lives,” and “Passions,” will not want to miss “Dying
to be Loved,” starring Lindsay Hartley. The
thriller will premiere on Saturday, April 16 at 8pm
ET/PT on Lifetime. Also starring are Dan
Payne, Paloma Kwiatkowski and Jedidiah Goodacre.
Hartley plays Jill Yates, a successful lawyer, engaged to
Connor (Payne), a self-made business man. They are
busy planning their wedding. Jill’s daughter, Emily,
18, (Kwiatkowski) is a freshman in college. Extremely
introverted and suffering from bouts of depression, Jill is
thrilled when Emily asks if she can invite a young man to
The thrill is gone, however, when she and Connor meet
Gary, 25, (Goodacre), an obnoxious and self-involved young
man with a temper. Emily can see no wrong and Connor
suggests Jill not criticize Gary as it will only draw Emily
closer to him.
But Gary proves to be more dangerous than anyone thought
when he is involved in a road rage incident while out with
Emily and he ends up killing a man. Emily is also
charged with the crime because she handled the gun – even
though she was trying to keep Gary from using it.
Gary is convicted of manslaughter but released into the
custody of his brother, a policeman, before going to prison.
He convinces Emily to run away with him. She leaves a
note for her mother saying life is not worth living if they
can’t be together.
When a video camera appears to show the two jumping to
their deaths in a “double suicide,” Jill is devastated and
guilty. However, she believes Gary killed her daughter
and faked his own death. She uses all her resources to
discover the truth – her daughter is indeed alive. Now
both mother and daughter must find a way to save themselves.
“Dying to be Loved,” is executive
produced by Tom Berry, David DeCrane and Gilles LaPlante.
Producers are Nicole Reid and Costas Vassos. The film was
written by Stephen Lyons. Director is Paul Shapiro.
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