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Interview: Pascale Hutton

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Introduced at the end of season one of When Calls the Heart, Rosemary LeVeaux swooped into Coal Valley and really shook things up in the quiet town. No other character on the hit Hallmark Channel series has been more polarizing than Rosemary. For some, she was a breath of fresh air to the series, for others, she’s an obstacle that stands in the way of Elizabeth and Jack’s happiness.

No matter what side you are on, the character has definitely been an added bonus to the series. Canadian born actress Pascale Hutton has certainly put her own stamp on the character of Rosemary LeVeaux and is having a fantastic time on When Calls the Heart. The series will return with a 2 hour season premiere on Saturday, April 25th at 8/7c.

Pascale sits down with the Pop Culture Principle to talk about her character's journey, what it’s like to work on When Calls the Heart and what fans can look forward to with the new season.

Pop Culture Principle – Coming back for season two, where you surprised at the success of season one of When Calls the Heart?

Pascale Hutton – Yes I was only in the sense that you just never know. You never really know what shows are going to strike a chord with an audience and what shows are going to be a miss. I thought that this was the perfect show for Hallmark and was a really good fit in terms of that. The passion in which the audience and the fans have responded has been very surprising in the best way.

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Pop Culture Principle – Why do you think the series is resonating so much with the fans?

Pascale Hutton – Well, I think a big part of it is that it is a family show. It’s a show where you can sit down with the entire family and there is something for everyone in the show and everyone can watch it and enjoy it. I think that is missing in the scope of the television world these days. It’s missing in the world of movies, but I think it’s more so in television. When I was growing up, there were a lot of shows you could sit down to and watch as a family and I think there is something really beautiful about a family sharing an experience like that together. I think people have really responded to that.

Pop Culture Principle – Even though Jack told Rosemary that he wants Elizabeth, do you think she truly believes she still has a chance with Jack?

Pascale Hutton – I think what people are going to be interested to see is that there is a really surprising and unexpected character journey that Rosemary goes on this season. I think she grows up a lot just in terms of her understanding of the world and I think you see her settle into her own skin. Of course, she is still very theatrical, over the top and dramatic and all those things that people seem to really like about the character and that’s what I like about her as well.

I don’t think this is giving anything away, but she does decide to stay in Coal Valley and I think that move has been really good for her. I can’t give anything away about what season two holds for her and Jack and Jack and Elizabeth, but what I can say is that I think people will be pleasantly surprised by the unexpected journey that Rosemary goes on.

Pop Culture Principle – Rosemary LeVeaux can be so over the top at times. As an actor, how do you enjoy playing that type of character?

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Pascale Hutton – I don’t get to play a character like this that often, so it was so much fun to play her in the first season. In season two, there is a lot of comedy, lots of singing and performing opportunities in the show that allows Rosemary to show off her theatrical flair. It’s just been a lot of fun to take that on.

Pop Culture Principle – On the outside, it would seem that Rosemary is a bit selfish. Do you think deep down she is a very giving and caring person?

Pascale Hutton – I don’t think she is one thing or the other. She is selfish and she is giving, caring and kind. That’s what I mean when I talk about her staying in Coal Valley and the unexpected journey that she goes on. You see her settle into her own skin and you see less of her selfish side, although she was a woman who was born to be on stage. I think often that goes hand in hand with someone who is a bit selfish, which has a lot of negative connotations, so not necessarily selfish, but someone who is very ambitious and very aware of what she wants and goes for it.

Pop Culture Principle – We still don’t know a lot about Rosemary’s backstory. Will we learn any more about her time in New York in season two?

Pascale Hutton – You will find out a little bit more about it and you definitely see more layers of her relationship with Jack which I think is really beautiful. We establish in season one kind of what that connection was between the two of them. We saw that Rosemary was this really over the top character and whether she was literally on a stage or not, she was always performing except when she was with Jack.

I felt that when she was with Jack, she would let that façade down and you would see the vulnerability, caring and kindness that she has. What I think is really nice in this season is that you see more of that; there are more scenes with her and Jack where you see that real person underneath the veneer.

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Pop Culture Principle – What is it like working with Erin Krakow and Daniel Lissing?

Pascale Hutton – It’s great because what I think is wonderful about putting those three characters together in any scene is that all three of them are so well defined as characters and so different. So, when you throw them in a scene it’s always quite dynamic and kind of bubbly because you see these three different personalities interact, mix together and react to one another.

Pop Culture Principle – How have you enjoyed working on a series that takes place in coal town in the 19th century?

Pascale Hutton – It’s wonderful! In season one I felt like I was right into it because I was wearing a corset and all that stuff. When you put on a corset, it immediately puts you in a different physicality as compared to regular clothes. This season we had an added challenge because we were doing historically accurate clothing, but we also had the added challenge that I was pregnant through the whole season.

The costume designer always had to modify, adapt and come up with new ideas and new ways to hide my growing baby bump. Fortunately, she was really enthusiastic and up for the challenge and we worked together and figured out what would work. What worked one week wouldn’t necessarily work the next week, so it was this constant process of modifications- but it was a lot of fun.

Pop Culture Principle – In what ways are you like Rosemary and not like Rosemary?

Pascale Hutton – That is a good question especially for a character like this who can be quite unlikeable. The one thing that I love about Rosemary is that she has such a love for life and she is up for anything. She so takes the bull by the horn and seizes the day and the moment and just goes for it. I think that is such a wonderful characteristic whether I possess it or not myself, I love that characteristic about her.

I would definitely say I am much less calculating and manipulative than Rosemary. I don’t have enough energy in my day or in my life to take that on with such enthusiasm and vigor as she does.

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Pop Culture Principle – Rosemary is such a strong and independent character. Do you enjoy playing roles like that?

Pascale Hutton – That is something that I definitely gravitate towards in general when it comes to my career. I look for female characters that are strong and independent. I think that is a good quality and I like to see that type of character and woman portrayed on television. I like to see that sort of role model on television and I definitely gravitate towards roles like that.

Pop Culture Principle – At the end of season one, Rosemary is looking to start a theater in Coal Valley. Will we this theater come to fruition in season two?

Pascale Hutton – Well, there is definitely a very strong push throughout season two on Rosemary’s part to get that theater running and that forms certain partnerships and alliances that are maybe unexpected.

Pop Culture Principle – What can fans look forward to with the second season of When Calls the Heart?

Pascale Hutton – There are some new characters that are introduced in season two who move to Coal Valley. Rosemary is not unaware of these new people and what they may or may not be able to do for her and her career. You see her definitely pushing for that in a big way in season two.

This season, the writers have written some really funny little things for Rosemary to do and I am really excited and happy for fans to see it.

Pop Culture Principle – What would you like to say to the Hearties?

Pascale Hutton – We had some of the Hearties come to set periodically throughout the filming and that was so wonderful. I guess what I would say is just keep on watching, tweeting and posting your comments because we love to hear from you. Whether they are loving Rosemary or not loving Rosemary, it’s just wonderful that people feel passionate enough to voice their opinion and I say keep doing it!

We would like to thank Pascale Hutton for talking with us. Don't forget, the 2 hour season premiere of When Calls the Heart airs this Saturday, April 25th at 8/7c. You can get all of Pascale's latest news by following her official Twitter account here or you can visit her official website here.

**When Calls the Heart photos Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Eike Schroter**

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