Andie MacDowell, 64, is looking forward to growing old more than reviving younger versions of himself. But going back in time is part of the work on her new Hallmark series, The Way Home, which premieres on January 15, 2023. The legendary actress has said there was one element of the role that was a little “scary”.
According to Hallmark press materials, the drama stars MacDowell as Del, the matriarch of a family of “strong, headstrong, independent” women, with Chyler Leigh playing her daughter Kat Landry and Sadie Laflamme-Snow playing her 15-year-old granddaughter, Alice Landry. When Del welcomes them back to the family farm in rural Canada, the women process the emotional wounds of decades of traumatic events in their family, which involves “a bit of time-traveling mysticism.” Here’s what you need to know:
MacDowell began as a model for iconic brands such as L’Oreal and Calvin Klein in the 1980s, then rose to greater fame as an actress, beginning with 1989’s “Sex, Lies and Videotape” and 1990s comedies such as “Groundhog Day” and ” Groundhog Day”. “Three weddings and a funeral.”
In The Way Home, time-traveling scenes required her to undergo physical alterations so she could play a younger version of herself. In an interview with Parade on January 6, she detailed the process and how she impersonated her character in the past.
“It was scary,” she said. “I wasn’t sure if I could pull this off. I was also thinking about how my neck looked, things like that. The wig helps. And the cinematographer used a softer lens to add some atmosphere. This was a time before my character experienced so much pain, so I made sure to keep my voice brighter and happier. I also changed my posture.”
One of the reasons MacDowell said she said yes to the new Hallmark series was the chance to portray a strong, aging woman.
“Hollywood influences our social ideas and our culture,” she told Parade. “We are committed to the idea that men can age, but women cannot. And we had no choice. It’s the sad truth. And like every other woman, I was affected by it. But I think this concept is slowly changing. It’s a very slow process. Men are still glorified as they grow older, and women are not.”
MacDowell made headlines in the summer of 2021 for going gray with her famously curly hair. In Interview Magazine’s October 2021 issue, MacDowell said the decision symbolized her entering the next chapter of her life and career.
“Honestly, it’s exhausting having to be something you’re not anymore,” she said. “I finally thought, ‘You know what? i am not young And I agree with that.’ I hate the word “hug” because it always sounds like you have to accept something and I don’t feel like that. We are beautiful at all ages and gorgeous in our own way, and we have so much to offer. I feel so much better. It’s like I took off a mask or something.”
In her Jan. 6 interview with Parade, MacDowell said she loves her new Hallmark role in part because she gets to play a dynamic, feisty grandma.
“I wanted to play a real grandmother like my own grandmother – a beautiful woman who is fearless, vital, dynamic, mature and interesting, and who is aging to her age,” she said.
Five days later, just hours before the show’s preview event in New York City on Jan. 11, MacDowell revealed on the TODAY show that she herself has just become a grandmother for the first time.
In a June 2022 Instagram post, MacDowell revealed that her son Justin and his partner Nicolette were expecting their first baby. MacDowell, who has three grown children with her husband Paul Qualley, wrote at the time: “My job, my work is wonderful, but my children are my life. I can’t wait to meet my sweet new grandchild.”
As TODAY’s Al Roker congratulated her on becoming a grandma, MacDowell said, “I just spent Christmas with her. I’ve never had anyone look inside me and see my soul like this. It was definitely a soul to soul connection.”
Adding that she hasn’t been given a nickname yet as her granddaughter can’t talk yet, the actress said: “I’m thinking of Nana or Grandma. Not grandma. It’s up to her.”
“The Way Home” premieres January 15 at 9 p.m. Eastern on Hallmark Channel.