EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – Chelsea Hobbs Previews Claire’s Arc on Hallmark’s Dream Moms!


Tamera Mowry-HousleyChelsea Hobbs, Roger Cross and Andrew J. Hampton star in “Dream Moms,” a new, original movie premiering Saturday May 13 (8 p.m. ET/PT), on Hallmark Channel. We at Survived The Shows had the pleasure of chatting with actress Chelsea Hobbs about her experience in the making of the movie and what fans can expect. Check out the full interview below!

How did you first get into acting, and what inspired you to pursue this career?  

CHELSEA HOBBS: I started acting as a child when I was about 8 years old. My parents were newly divorced, and my mom thought it would be a good outlet for me because I was always putting on performances. I continued with it as a career because I loved it and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. 

What was your audition process like for Dream Moms, and how did you land the role of Claire Ryan? 

I’m fortunate to have a relationship with Hallmark that has built over the years, and as a result I didn’t have to audition for this role. But when they called us with the script they did need to make sure I could pull off the dancing! So I first went to a dance class myself (to make sure I felt confident in being able to put my dance shoes back on, and do a good job for everyone involved). Then I sent them some tape of me dancing so they were also confident in my abilities, and then we got to rehearsals! 

How would you describe your character Claire, and what do you think makes her stand out in the movie?

Claire is a single mother to two boys, who is very dedicated and loving, and a bit of a free spirit. She has put her dream of becoming a broadway star aside to raise her boys, and finds her passion for it once again in her journey. I think the thing that makes her stand out is just her unwavering commitment to making her dream happen again, once she is brave enough to go for it. That’s not easy! 

What do you think sets Dream Moms apart from other Hallmark movies? 

Well, firstly, this movie has two female leads. The heart of this movie isn’t a love story between a man and a woman, but a love story between women and themselves, (and a friendship that can be born from that). This movie will hopefully inspire women everywhere to follow their dreams and not feel like they aren’t an amazing mother, partner or person as a result. 

What was your favorite scene to film in Dream Moms, and why? 

I think all of the dancing was just so much fun for both of us. Being able to perform again, brought back a love for dancing that I had when I was young, not unlike Claire felt. The performing brought me so close to her, and is what made this movie so much fun not only as an actress, but I think the viewers will love watching it all. 

What was it like working with your co-star, Tamera Mowry-Housley, and how did you build chemistry on screen? 

Tamera is one of the most generous, lovely actresses I’ve worked with. She truly is a ray of sunshine and we had such a great time exploring our characters and found our connection through that. 

What do you think are the biggest themes of Dream Moms, and how do they relate to your character? 

The biggest themes would be reminding women or men to take care of themselves, whether they have children or not. To not feel guilty putting yourself first, and to do things that fill your soul! 

How do you prepare for your roles, and what challenges have you faced while playing Claire?

First, I get as familiar with the material and script as I can, and really take time breaking the script down. Once I make some notes and choices about the character, I am free to play. And the most challenging part of playing Claire would have to be the physical aspect, and trying to not let my own fears and doubts get in the way of bringing her to life. I hadn’t danced in 15 years, so as a performer it was the muscle memory of choreography that I had to sharpen again. 

What do you think makes Hallmark movies so popular, and why do you think audiences are drawn to these types of stories? 

I just think in today’s uncertain and complex world people really truly love how Hallmark movies make us feel. They inspire us and warm our hearts. They have love at the centre, and leave you with hope.

What’s your favorite Hallmark movie of all time, and why? 

Well any of their Christmas movies but I really loved the Christmas train. And I may be bias, but another one of my favourites is one that I did last year called The Holiday Sitter. It was a historic movie for Hallmark as it was the first gay-led love story for them. Jonathan Bennett and George 

Krissa were magic as their leading men. I was super honoured to be a part of it.

What upcoming projects do you have in the works, and what can audiences expect from you in the future? 

I’m not sure! That’s the fun part of my job, I don’t know what roles the future will bring. But I really do feel so fortunate that I’ve played such challenging and fun characters over the years. So hopefully a lot more of that. 

What do you hope viewers take away from Dream Moms, and how do you think the movie can inspire and uplift audiences?

First of all, I really hope people just have fun with the movie. We have three original songs that I think they are going to love. Also, this will inspire people to pause and think about how they can care not just for the ones in their lives but themselves a little bit too. Maybe it’ll inspire someone to put on those dance shoes, or do something they are afraid to do. 

Dream Moms, starring Chelsea Hobbs, premieres May 13 on Hallmark Channel. Get a preview below!

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