|August 11||Interview: Celebrity Extra|
You can’t mention Nicollette Sheridan without thinking of her most recent alter ego, Edie Britt of “Desperate Housewives.” However, when you watch Nicollette in her new Hallmark Channel movie, “Honeymoon for One” — which premieres Saturday, Aug. 13 at 9/8c — Edie will be the furthest thing from your mind. In “Honeymoon,” Nicollette plays Eve Parker, a woman scorned who decides to travel to Ireland on what would have been her honeymoon. Along the way, she discovers love in the form of the breathtaking countryside, a sweet preteen named Kathleen, and a handsome (and irksome) outdoorsman named Sean.
Celebrity Extra: What brought you to the Hallmark Channel, and to this movie in particular, “Honeymoon for One”?
Nicollette Sheridan: First of all, I really liked the character and I liked the movie. Hallmark is making beautiful movies that everyone can watch. And at times, they are dealing with slightly edgy material, so Hallmark has come a long way. And I do love that their movies are something the whole family can watch.
CE: Tell me about your character, Eve.
NS: Eve is hiding from herself and her intimate relationship by immersing herself in her work. I think a lot of people are guilty of that, and when something traumatic happens, she is forced to look at her life and make huge changes. And as we know, your career doesn’t wrap itself around you at night, and keep you safe and sound. Being present and being aware, and having a life filled with love, friendship and trust does. When you reach outside yourself and you do for others, it enriches many more lives, including your own. And that’s what I really liked about her journey.
CE: What were some of the aspects of her character that you could relate to or that you were really proud of?
NS: Well, she’s a very kind person, and she means well. Then again, she really needs to pull her head out of the sand and see what’s going on around her. And she’s a strong character. I like that she’s not a victim. It’s very difficult to go through a relationship breakup. Especially when somebody cheats on you, and though these things are very painful in her life, the outcome is a much better path.
CE: It’s very exciting and brave of her to go off on her own to a foreign country to clear her head and decide what she wants to do with her life.
NS: And it’s very out of character for her to do something like that, but her friends urge her to go. When she does, it’s very awkward at first, but she transcends all of that.
CE: What was Greg Wise, who played Sean, like to work with?
NS: Greg is a fantastic actor, and he’s very playful. We had a lot of fun shooting this film.
CE: And the location was just gorgeous! Where did you film, and what was the actual filming like?
NS: It was just stunning. We were in the most beautiful places. And I’d never been to Ireland, and coming from England myself, you have that expansive countryside, but it’s a much wilder feel in Ireland. I loved it over there. And of course I’ve been riding since I was a tiny little thing, and so for me to be out there and belting across the countryside on that white horse was heaven for me. It was just breathtaking over there. People are so nice and warm and friendly, and I’m looking forward to going back when I don’t have to work so I can really explore the country.
CE: A movie of yours that I absolutely loved you in was “Noises Off!” Do you hope to do some slapstick comedy like that again? Everyone in that movie was absolutely brilliant and I know you’re good at comedy. You’re good at the romance and the drama, but I just loved you in the slapstick, physical comedy.
NS: Thank you. That was a very special movie. It had an incredible cast, and we would all convene at a roundtable in the morning, and everybody would tell stories and just share in a way that I’d never experienced on a set before. Basically we rehearsed it as a play. And then when we were ready to start shooting, we would shoot eight pages at a time, all in one shot. It was pretty demanding, physically, because as you remember, we were up and down the stairs and all the backstage business. The outtakes from that film were hilarious. I do love physical comedy as well as drama, so hopefully there will be a bit of everything to come.
CE: What are your thoughts on all these remakes that seem to be happening? I know TNT is doing a remake of “Dallas.”
NS: I know! I just saw an ad for it. It looked exciting. There was a nostalgia that came with seeing the ad for the show, and I think the music and those faces that are so familiar to so many people … I think there is something comforting about it. And it looks exciting! You’ve got all those colorful characters, and I’m sure they are all going to do an incredible job with it.
Larry Hagman looked great and Patrick Duffy, and I noticed that Brenda Strong, who was Mary Alice on “Housewives,” is in it. I’m thrilled for her, because she’s a beautiful actress and one of the loveliest human beings that I know.
CE: If they decided to do a “Knots Landing” remake, would you be on board, or would you say, “Good luck, but my time on ‘Knots Landing’ has passed”?
NS: I haven’t heard about anyone speaking of doing that. I think that “Dallas” was a lot flashier than “Knots Landing.” “Knots Landing” was really the down-home, simpler, more-pained version. Just very real people going through real situations, but I haven’t heard if they are interested in remaking that.
CE: I know you’re involved with a lot of charities, especially animal charities. Can you tell me a bit about them?
NS: It’s always wonderful to place animals in homes, because there are so many unwanted furry friends that need a beautiful family to go to. So, that’s something that I like to help with. Also, I got involved with Guide Dogs for the Blind. It is such a wonderful gift to be able to pair up somebody in need with a set of eyes and a companion. That was a very fulfilling thing to be a part of.
Recently, there is this charity called Ride On that is with horses. It’s for the disabled — both physically and mentally, adults and children — and just through the love that you get through working with and riding horses. It’s an incredibly healing experience and gives them a sense of accomplishment to be able to ride and to be able to bond in that fashion. I’m going to have a little bit more free time coming up, so I’m actually going to get to be more hands-on with the people and the horses. Animals are such a gift.
|August 11||Keeping It Green|
‘Honeymoon For One’ star has an eco-friendly home and a Hallmark movie with a conservation message.“I’m always conscious of the types of products I use to clean my home. I use environmentally safe cleaning products to make sure they don’t harm the planet,” says Nicollette Sheridan. “I’m plagued by the fact that people use plastic products and throw them away and don’t recycle. I recycle and also use glass along with other reusable items like a stainless steel canteen.”On Aug. 13, Sheridan stars in the Hallmark Channel movie “Honeymoon For One,” playing a workaholic ad exec who finds out her fiancée cheated and calls off the wedding but decides to take the honeymoon alone. She meets a man (Greg Wise) who’s trying to protect the beautiful Irish countryside from developers.Shooting on location in Ireland was a draw for Sheridan, who plays a city girl but in reality has a passionate love of nature. Riding horses since she was three in her native London, she rides every day when she’s not working. “It really is sort of my peace and my serenity when I’m out with the horses and my dog. You know, you have a responsibility when you have animals. They need to be exercised, just like we do, so I get out there as often as I can. I think it’s very important to be able to take in your surroundings and breathe the fresh air and appreciate the beauty of nature,” she continues. “It’s very grounding and very centering.”The fact that the role is a departure from the character she played on “Desperate Housewives,” the scheming, predatory Edie Britt, was “part of the allure” for Sheridan, as was playing a woman who “struggles with her immersion in the business world and her lack of paying attention to her needs, her sense of self, and her relationship.” In real life, Sheridan has a better handle on that balance. “I really try to take one day at a time and enjoy the moments,” she says. “I have a life outside of work.”
|August 9||Today Show & Access Hollywood|
I’ve uploaded pictures of Nicollette going to the taping of the Today Show and during her interview on Access Hollywood.
|August 8||Is Nicollette Heading To A ‘Jewtopia’?|
Variety reports Nicollette is part of the large cast of indie movie Jewtopia; starring Ivan Sergei, Jennifer Love Hewitt and David Joel Moore, alongside Tom Arnold, Jon Lovitz, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Rita Wilson, Wendie Malick, Camryn Manheim, Peter Stormare, Lin Shaye, Christine Lakin, Hayes MacArthur, Bree Turner and Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal.
The movie is based on a book and an Off-Broadway play written by Bryan Fogel (who will also direct) and Sam Wolfson.
Described as a cross between Wedding Crashers and My Big Fat Greek Wedding, indie pic follows two childhood best friends who reunite as adults when one asks the other to help him pretend to be Jewish so he can romance a woman.
Sergei will play Christian O’Connell, a gentile plumber who poses as a Jewish doctor in order to land a Jewish girlfriend who’ll make all his decisions for him.
Hewitt will play Alison Marks, the object of Christian’s affection, who meets him during a singles mixer at temple.
Jewtopia opened in Los Angeles in May 2003 and, after 17 weeks, became the longest-running original comedy in the history of L.A. theater. Show opened off-Broadway in Sept. 2004 and is one of the three most successful off-Broadway productions of the last decade, along with Blue Man Group and Stomp.
|August 8||Today Kathie Lee And Hoda|
As you already know, Nicollette is in New York doing some promo for Honeymoon For One, that premieres this Saturday. She was on NBC’s The Today Show with Kathie Lee and Billy Bush (filling in for Hoda Kotb).
On the video below you can see her talking about the movie, costar Greg Wise and making accents. There’s also a quick mention about saving the environment. And not being before in Ireland nor Scotland.
She also talks about her horse accident in January. She was lunging her horse and he bolted. She grabbed the rope and flew 20 feet and snapped her finger off in the landing. OUCH!
And of course, the obvious Desperate Housewives question that was previously addressed here.
|August 8||She Won’t Be Back|
Nicollette stopped this morning on Today Show’ Kathie Lee & Hoda (with Billy Bush filling in for Hoda) and said “That’s news to me” when asked about Cherry’s plans of bringing her back for the finale of ‘Desperate Housewives‘.
Bush pushed asking “If asked, would you come back?”
“I had an amazing time playing that character. I loved her dearly, but they killed her! She’s dead,” was her answer.
Bush mentioned she could be on a flashback or it’d be a dream she died.
“Is this turning into a daytime soap opera?” Sheridan deadpanned.
“In other words, she’s saying no!” said Gifford.
|August 7||Is Edie Coming Back To Housewives?|
Unless it is in the form of flashbacks (Brenda Strong has promised more flashbacks with her character), we know it isn’t possible that Edie comes back. And we’re all also aware of the off-screen drama going on but today at the ABC’s Television Critic Association Summer Press Tour, Cherry talked about his plans for the very last episode of the show.
As for specifics about the final season, Cherry hinted we may not have seen the last of Nicollette Sheridan’s Edie. “I don’t know how I would do that but I have an idea for the last episode in which I want to [pay] homage to everyone that’s been there before, you know, who’s been on the show, so we’ll see what happens with that.”
Not all actresses would be thrilled at the prospect of a role that’s mostly shot outdoors in the countryside and requires wearing sturdy boots, riding a horse and falling over — more than once.
But for Nicollette Sheridan, those were the things that attracted her to her latest TV movie (OK, maybe not the falling over part, but the rest of it).
“I just love the romance of the Irish countryside,” Sheridan says. “We were actually in Dublin, and then we’d go out 45 minutes to an hour away from our main hub and shoot at the beautiful castles and the countryside, the forests and the water holes.
“We were on location the entire time.”
In “Honeymoon for One,” premiering Saturday, Aug. 13, on Hallmark Channel, Sheridan plays Eve Parker, a Los Angeles advertising executive who finds her comfortable world upended when her handsome fiance, Greg (Patrick Baladi), turns out to be a cad.
Having already spent the money on a honeymoon, Eve decides to head off on her own to an Irish castle that her now-ex-fiance’s company plans to turn into a golf course. Left without her suitcase of shoes, Eve heads out for a stroll in inappropriate yet stylish footwear and runs into the estate’s manager, rugged outdoorsman Sean (Greg Wise), who has a precocious daughter, Kathleen (Katie Bannon).
Just about as soon as Eve decides to give her Irish fling a whirl, Greg shows up with plans both business and matrimonial. Eve then must decide whether to return to her old life or risk it all for the possibility of a new one.
“I was attracted to Eve’s struggle with her immersion in the business world,” says Sheridan, “and the blinders she had on to the importance of self and being present and life and relationships. Sometimes it takes something traumatic to change.
“I find that people get stuck in familiarity, be it negative or positive, and there’s so much out there. It’s at your fingertips if you just open your eyes and heart and walk through your fears. That applies to all of us.
“I like that Eve leaves her comfort zone at work, which she hides behind, and ultimately finds deeper meaning to life.”
The story line called for Eve to hop aboard a horse for the first time and wind up galloping out of control across the countryside. For accomplished rider Sheridan, this was a bit of a challenge.
“I have four horses,” she says. “I’ve had horses on and off throughout my life. Of course, the galloping across the wild Irish countryside on a beautiful white steed was magnificent. “I had to pretend that I couldn’t ride. I could do all my own stunts because I could ride very well, if I do say so myself.”
But this sort of derring-do didn’t come without consequences. “I did get a fairly large bruise on my leg that didn’t go away for about three months,” Sheridan says. “(It happened) when I’m riding the horse, and I end up falling off near the waterfall.
“In the middle of the scene, I slipped and got a pointy rock in my thigh. The show must go on, so we kept doing it. It is actually the take that’s in the movie. But the rock was huge. It was bigger than a grapefruit and black.”
Asked if the director and producers were concerned, Sheridan says, “At times, they don’t want you to, because they fear for your life. No, no, I should say, they fear for their production time. If it’s the last scene, and they’ve got it in the can, they would probably say, ‘Go ahead, do your stunt,’ but not in the midst of shooting.
“I did have a lovely stunt double, and I made sure she did some stuff so that she’d get her pay. You’ve always got to look out for the fellows you’re working with.”
Sheridan also became a great admirer of young Katie Bannon.
“Oh, my goodness,” she says, “she is so talented. She’s a singer, she plays musical instruments, she’s an artist. She is something to behold. It was the first thing she’d ever done.
“But she had this natural, free-flowing, unaffected truth that came out of her. We had a lot of fun together. She’s an inquisitive, bright, beautiful little thing. Quite adored her.”
Sheridan also became fond of Victoria Smurfit (“Ballykissangel”), the Irish actress who played her best friend. “She is such a lovely human being,” says Sheridan. “She’s so special and so full of light and love. She’s very humorous. I thought she did a wonderful job. She’s a very talented actress.
“She, since then, has come over here (to Los Angeles), and I think she might stay for a while. … Of course, the summer is romancing the Smurfit family.”
|July 30||TCA Pictures & Extra|
Wednesday was a busy day for our lady, not only she was at Hallmark’s TCA panel, where she also got a new shoot done, she stopped by The Grove for Mario Lopez’ Extra.
|July 29||Talking Honeymoon|
Go around the 1 minute mark and watch Nicollette talking a little bit about her costars.