Benjamin Hollingsworth Talks New Hallmark Film, Virgin River , and His Distinctive Tie to the South

Benjamin Hollingsworth

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Alert all Virgin River followers who’re #TeamBrady! In the event you’ve already binged all of season 4 and are already hankering in your subsequent Brady repair in season 5, we’ve got some excellent news for you. To carry you over, Benjamin Hollingsworth is starring reverse Gray’s Anatomy’s Jaicy Elliot in a model new Hallmark film, Romance in Model.

Elliot performs an aspiring clothes designer who’s enthusiastic about making vogue accessible for ladies of all sizes and styles. Whereas she takes on additional work as a contract seamstress for a high-profile vogue journal, she meets dashingly good-looking Derek who’s stepping in to take the reins of the journal from his father. Ella and the “Prince of Publishing” shortly kind an alliance to shake issues up at The Look. Collectively, they assist the well-established model develop their definition of vogue and for the primary time, make girls of all sizes really feel welcome. And naturally, the sparks fly between them. It is a rom-com, in any case.

Bringing body-positivity to this fictional world is one thing that Hollingsworth and the entire forged sees as an necessary mission. What this movie actually does is create the dialogue to assist make this occur in the actual world. Hollingsworth lately spoke with Southern Residing and instructed us all about how the forged approached it.

“All of us actually had been behind the messaging of the film which is physique positivity and physique inclusivity within the vogue trade and illustration,” he mentioned. “So for us, there’s a little bit of an ethical obligation to make this an excellent movie in order that anybody on the market that was battling a few of these points would really feel not simply heard or seen. However possibly they may really feel a bit higher about themselves or be inspired to take a look at the mirror and see their true magnificence as an alternative of what society has instructed them to imagine.”

Hollingsworth additionally talked in regards to the transformation his character Derek makes all through the story with the assistance of Ella. “When he first meets Ella, what he sees in her isn’t just her outward positivity but additionally her willpower and what’s lacking within the vogue trade which is the illustration of what’s the ‘each lady.’ And we study within the movie that the commonest measurement for an American lady is measurement 16 and but we solely see measurement 0, 2, and 4 in magazines so she’s combating for this illustration to make its method into the style world and into this explicit vogue magazines.” He goes on to clarify how Derek feels that Ella’s plan isn’t solely the morally appropriate approach to go, however that there’s additionally good enterprise sense within the daring alternative to incorporate plus measurement girls within the journal. However he clearly learns extra about life itself in the way in which Ella steps outdoors the field.

“I believe Derrick’s impressed by that to sort of do the identical. To step out from his father’s shadow and do one thing that’s totally different and help one thing that is not simply your typical enterprise strikes. So lots of his decisions within the film are influenced really by hers.” Romance in Model premieres on Hallmark Channel on August 13.

However after all we could not speak to the person who performs Brady with out making an attempt to get some secrets and techniques out of him about Virgin River season 5. “The fan response because the first season has been overwhelming, the success we have had which has simply been loopy. So, very grateful for that. However we’re again at it. We’re capturing season 5 proper now. And I can not inform you an excessive amount of about season 5 simply but however I’ll inform you that it will likely be the most effective season but. We do have a brand new present runner. There’s gonna be much more Brady in season 5. Issues get actually sizzling however not within the typical method that you’d think about with Brady. And yeah, it is gonna be an amazing season.”

Whereas Hollingsworth is Canadian, we discovered that his cinematic roots might be traced again to our neck of the woods! “My first movie that I shot in the USA was simply north of Atlanta, Georgia, in a city referred to as Alpharetta Georgia. It was this film referred to as The Joneses. David Duchovny performed my father, Demi Moore performed my mother, and Amber Heard performed my sister,” he mentioned.

It was 2009 and Hollingsworth was in his early twenties on the time. He took full benefit of filming in Georgia as an opportunity to essentially expertise the South. “On my weekend, they gave me this rental automobile and I’d simply exit on random highway journeys round Georgia. And I even went so far as Savannah. I actually do not forget that time as a result of I simply bought within the automobile and drove. Truthfully I did not know the place I used to be going, I simply went in a single route. Savannah was distinctive simply due to the historical past. I like locations with historical past and Savannah simply felt like dripping with historical past and tradition…I took my digital camera. I liked taking footage .”

Benjamin Hollingsworth in Savannah

Benjamin Hollingsworth in Savannah

Benjamin Hollingsworth

“I will all the time do not forget that feeling of simply being someplace model new, by your self with no agenda, no locations to go or individuals to see. It was actually liberating and I bought to fulfill lots of actually cool individuals in Savannah,” he mentioned.

He additionally had a real Southern proper of passage second throughout his time within the Atlanta space. He attended his first ever soccer recreation. “Demi took me as a result of I instructed her I might by no means seen a soccer recreation earlier than and she or he mentioned oh you need to see one dwell… She picked me up and we go and we drive underground and we get out and the proprietor of the Atlanta Falcons greets us and walks us by this tunnel and like instantly out onto the sector. So my first soccer recreation I watched on the sidelines with the proprietor of the Atlanta Falcons and Demi Moore,” Hollingsworth mentioned with a chuckle.

Benjamin Hollingsworth and Demi Moore

Benjamin Hollingsworth and Demi Moore

Benjamin Hollingsworth

“Atlanta supplied me with lots of pinch myself moments of like I can not imagine that is occurring. Enjoyable within the south.”

Nicely Benjamin, we might welcome you again down this manner anytime.

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