Benjamin Hollingsworth Reveals the Largest Life Classes From ‘Virgin River’ and Hallmark’s ‘Consolation TV’

When Benjamin Hollingsworth talks about his bad-boy function on Virgin River, his newest Hallmark film, Romance in Model, and the brand new crime drama Joe Pickett, one may think about him to be fairly the chameleon.

Netflix audiences all over the world have spent 4 seasons being obsessed with Dan Brady, the previous Marine who was wrongfully accused of capturing Jack (Martin Henderson). Jack is his former boss and present boyfriend of Dan’s sister, Brie (Zibby Allen), an lawyer who retains coming to his rescue.

Along with Virgin River, Hollingsworth starred in not one, however two authentic Hallmark films, A Splash of Love and Romance in Model, a twist on the Cinderella story.

The latter is an authentic film is about Derek, nicknamed “The Prince of Publishing,” who calls on a budding clothes designer to show him the ropes so he can take over the high-profile vogue journal from his father.

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Ella, performed by Jaicy Elliot, is a assured and passionate plus-size designer who’s working as a contract seamstress on the journal and meets Derek and is enlisted to assist him study the ropes very shortly.

Hollingsworth says that as a particularly concerned father there are numerous life classes that he feels strongly about imparting to his three younger youngsters.

“I at all times attempt to educate my youngsters to be grateful, grateful, and most of all to by no means quit,” Hollingsworth solely tells “For those who quit on one thing, you’ve conceded to failure. I attempt to educate them to strive new issues, study new issues, and by no means stop. The very best a part of life is the moments in between the successes.”

Preserve studying to seek out out what Hollingsworth loves about Virgin River, Hallmark, fatherhood and with the ability to tackle a myriad of roles.

How did Hallmark’s Romance in Model come your approach?

Benjamin Hollingsworth: They despatched alongside the script, and I acquired a suggestion for it. I had simply performed Splash of Love, which I actually favored due to the Orcas and the thought of preserving wildlife. Then this film got here alongside, and I used to be somewhat uncertain about doing one other one so near ending the final one. However I noticed the messaging within the film about physique inclusivity and positivity and inspiring everybody to be themselves and love themselves.

These are crucial messages for all of us.

I agree. Additionally, I’ve three youngsters and I had a daughter a yr and a half in the past, my first child woman, and I would like her to reside in a world the place she will be able to develop up and love herself and really feel valued no matter what she sees within the mirror. If I may help actual that or affect that change on this planet, signal me up.

This film was extraordinarily empowering.

It’s meant to be that. We hadn’t recognized one another earlier than, however we turned actually a tight-knit group in a short time. We had a dialogue over dinner the primary night time about what we have been doing was a chance to not simply make a film however make a extremely good film and to make it one that can hopefully resonate with folks anyplace, male or feminine, having any form of physique confidence points or self-love points. This would possibly assist converse to them, to know that also they are valued and worthy and exquisite no matter what sort of society has dictated to us that it ought to be. That was positively a part of the attraction of leaping on board.

Benjamin Hollingsworth and Jaicy Elliot in “Romance in Model”


What’s it like working with Jaicy Elliot?

Oh my gosh, she’s such a sweetheart. Actually, I can’t say sufficient nice issues about her. You by no means know who you’re going to get as a co-star. Numerous the time you don’t get to speak earlier than signing on for the challenge. That was the case with this. From the primary night time we met, it was a simple dialog and I simply fell in love along with her.

She embodied the character of Ella so completely as a result of she’s so assured and fantastic in believing in herself. Watching her rework into this function was a pleasure as a result of it was form of what Derek was watching with Ella come into her personal as a designer was form of what I used to be watching Jaicy come into her personal as a number one lady in a movie. That was fairly particular to look at.

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Derek appears to be getting a crash course in vogue. How about you?

I had a crash course in vogue in 2009 I did a sequence for the CW known as The Stunning Life. Ashton Kutcher produced it. I primarily performed a younger model of him, coming from a small city in Iowa to being a mannequin in New York.

Ashton confirmed me tips on how to take a photograph and tips on how to mannequin in entrance of a digital camera and tips on how to put on garments and all of these items. I used to be a small-town child rising up, all of the stuff was new to me as properly. That was form of my crash course in vogue.

Your schooling didn’t cease there.

Proper. I had an incredible alternative. I went to the Met Gala in 2010. I used to be invited to the Met Gala by Marc Jacobs and sat at his desk. That was not a crash course in vogue, it was a grasp class in vogue because it was a once-in-a-lifetime occasion simply full of essentially the most influential, fantastic folks, idols who I regarded as much as most of my life.

It was actually cool. All one of the best designers designing. It was a type of nights I’ll always remember. That was perhaps the grasp class. So, I did know somewhat little bit of vogue going up into this however, it was enjoyable to rekindle all of that.

Do you favor the dangerous boy like Brady? Or somebody who’s somewhat bit extra just like the prince charming kind on this film?

I really love taking part in totally different sorts of characters. That’s one of many causes that I obtained into doing this. After I was younger, I wished to do every part. I wished to be a lawyer, a cop, a firefighter, a hockey participant, a detective; I wished to be so many issues.

My mother was like, “Sweetie, you may’t do all these. Deal with one factor.” I obtained into performing and I used to be like, “Look, my mother at all times wished me to turn into a physician, and positive sufficient, I’ve been a physician on TV.” And quite a lot of different actually nice issues to embody.

How a lot did you study orcas and different whales from A Splash of Love?

Speak about a crash course! We did analysis on the migration patterns, what they appear to be, and the way they act. I’ve at all times been a giant fan of whales. After I was actually younger, I went on a whale-watching tour and I really obtained to see a humpback whale actually up shut. That they had turned off the engine on this boat as a result of there have been whales close by and this humpback surfaced proper subsequent to the boat.

The water displaced the boat again and simply form of floated there. I keep in mind him trying up at me with this huge eye and there appeared to be a lot knowledge and data behind it. They’re simply such magical creatures. It was actually enjoyable to do a film about them.

Benjamin Hollingsworth as Derek in Hallmark's "Romance in Style"<p>Hallmark</p>
Benjamin Hollingsworth as Derek in Hallmark’s “Romance in Model”


Why would you like Parade readers to look at Romance in Model?

It’s an awesome little movie. It’s a timeless story that is sort of a Cinderella story about an outcast, somebody who’s a princess however disguised and not likely allowed to be on the get together primarily due to society’s beliefs on what magnificence ought to appear to be. I feel everybody has a little bit of insecurity inside them, I do. However I feel that always we put that on ourselves.

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You might be heading in a distinct course on your subsequent challenge.

I’m taking part in a personality in Joe Pickett, which is the brand new sequence on Paramount+ that’s form of like Yellowstone meets Fargo so far as tone goes. I play a hillbilly who has a four-inch goatee, yellow enamel and a thick southern accent.

For me, going from character to character I try to make them as far aside as attainable and attempt to make them distinctive so then their very own particular person factor is feasible. Not simply because it’s extra fascinating to folks which are my followers to look at, but additionally as a result of it’s extra fascinating for me, I’ve extra enjoyable taking part in these characters after they’re extra various and once I get to modify it up each time.

One factor that retains arising when it comes to Virgin River, which can be true for Hallmark films, is that each are comforting to look at, particularly throughout tough instances that many people are going by.

100% agree. I usually consult with it as an apple pie type of leisure. It’s not like we’re creating one thing new, nevertheless it doesn’t imply it’s not likely good and comforting. Typically all you need is on the finish of the night time – there’s nothing mistaken with eager to really feel heat and fuzzy inside. In reality, all of us want it.

With Virgin River, there’s a real sense of group within the present that could be very enticing. Within the divided world we reside in if we are able to escape someplace, even for an hour out on the finish of the day, that’s priceless.

How stunning is it in and round Vancouver, the place you movie Virgin River? Are there issues that you simply take pleasure in doing if you’re there however you’re not on the set?

Gosh, it’s perhaps one of many prettiest locations on this planet. Actually, it by no means ceases to amaze me—all of the small little spots that they discover to movie in. The air is crisp and clear, and the water is that stunning turquoise shade that you simply see within the drone photographs of Virgin River. I like simply to get exterior, to go working and do trails. I like to go hang around on the oceanfront or on the river with my household. There was a logging pageant that we went to on the weekend right here, it was up in Squamish. It’s mainly a lumberjack competitors the place folks climb bushes with axes and reduce down bushes. It was so enjoyable, my youngsters cherished it.

Simply the spirit out right here actually does have the sense of a Virgin River form of environment. Individuals are extraordinarily variety and beneficiant. Our crew is a good instance—[they’re] all locals to the realm. I usually say we’ve one of the best crew as a result of they’re so skilled but additionally pleasant and caring. Our complete set kind of appears like a mini-Virgin River. We glance after each other.

Ben Hollingsworth as Dan Brady and Zibby Allen as Brie in Netflix's "Virgin River"<p>Netflix</p>
Ben Hollingsworth as Dan Brady and Zibby Allen as Brie in Netflix’s “Virgin River”


Do Virgin River followers acknowledge you when you find yourself out with your loved ones? Do they ever scold you for Brady’s actions like hurting Brie or Jack?

Nicely, I’m simply glad it turned out that Brady didn’t shoot Jack as a result of I’m positive that wouldn’t have gone over properly! However truthfully, I can’t exit in public with out somebody asking if I’m in Virgin River. Even once I was sporting a masks out and about some folks would nonetheless acknowledge me.

I’m at all times so grateful. I understand how onerous it’s to turn into profitable on this enterprise and when you have got a present that’s doing in addition to Virgin River, I’m very grateful for all of that. Anybody who comes as much as me is often a fan and so I’m at all times completely happy to find time for a fan and to be thankful for them for tuning in and watching and loving the present and completely happy that I could be a enjoyable a part of their life. All of that’s nice. It’s simply form of stunning how a lot it’s taking place.

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Is there something particular you wish to occur for Brady?

Sure. I would like him to turn into somewhat bit extra of part of the group. He’s at all times form of lived on the fringes of Virgin River separate from quite a lot of characters like Hope and Mel. I like and look as much as each Annette [O’Toole] and Alex [Breckenridge] and assume they’re terrific actresses and would like to have extra scenes with them, in addition to Tim [Matheson], who performs Doc.

I feel Brady would have actually fascinating power reverse these two, simply to see him be somewhat bit extra a part of the city of Virgin River this upcoming season, and likewise form of patch issues up with Jack. I might love for him, now that he’s been exonerated, to have that point and hopefully discover some little bit of reconciliation with Jack and put issues up to now, as a result of they’ve gone by a lot with the battle and being within the Marines collectively. It’d be very nice to see them turn into buddies once more.

Romance in Model will premiere on Hallmark Channel on Saturday, August 13. A Splash of Love is on Hallmark Channel.

Seasons 1-4 of Virgin River can be found for streaming on Netflix.

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