EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – David Gridley Previews Adam’s Arc on Hallmark’s Love in Zion National: A National Park Romance!

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We at Survived The Shows had the pleasure of chatting with David Gridley about his experience in the making of Hallmark's Love in Zion National: A National Park Romance and what fans can expect. Check out the full interview below!

Cindy Busby and David Gridley star in “Love in Zion National: A National Park Romance,” a new, original movie premiering Saturday, May 20 (8 p.m. ET/PT), on Hallmark Channel. We at Survived The Shows had the pleasure of chatting with actor David Gridley about his experience in the making of the movie and what fans can expect. Check out the full interview below!

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – David Gridley Previews Adam’s Arc on Hallmark’s Love in Zion National: A National Park Romance!

How did you get involved with “Love in Zion National” and what drew you to the role of Adam Proudstar?

DAVID GRIDLEY: A previous producer I had worked with on a film a while ago reached out to see if I was interested in playing Adam Proudstar. One of the main aspects that drew me to the role was the fact we would be shooting in Zion.

What was your favorite part of filming on location in Zion National Park?

Apart from the random snow storms that kept hitting us, pretty much every location we shot at was a spectacle. Whether it was the slot canyon we took ATV’s to get to or the cliffs we would shoot on, Zion did not disappoint. 

How did you bond with your co-stars on set?

I think the intensity of shooting a ’Summer’ movie with summer clothes in 18 degree weather helped bond us! Perhaps trauma bonded us. haha. We had a ton of time to hang out and get to know one another throughout the shoot and by the end everyone was like family.

What was your favorite scene to film in the movie?

My favorite scene to shoot in the movie was probably the first night we set up camp in Zion. We were there for sunset and the scenery was stunning. 

What was it like working with your co-star, actress Cindy Busby?

It was so great working with Cindy Busby. She is such a professional and really knows how to create a positive atmosphere on set. Even with pretty unfavorable shooting conditions she never complained once. She was also such a great leader on set. 

What was the most challenging scene to film and why?

I think the slot canyon scene near the end of the movie was the hardest for me. There had just been a snow storm the night before and the entire day we had to shoot in a wind tunnel with a T-shirt on. Probably the coldest I’ve even been. 

What’s your favorite memory from filming “Love in Zion National”?

I really enjoyed the last day and final scene when we wrapped. It was great to celebrate with the crew and finish a shoot that had a lot of challenges. Everyone did such an amazing job and kept a good attitude throughout.

How did you get into acting in the first place?

I’ve always loved movies and been fascinated with the entire process of creating a movie. Going to Universal studios at a young age and doing the studio tour blew my mind. That’s when acting truly became a dream for me. Not fully ready for a big move to LA when I graduated high school, I decided to get my Theatre degree. Throughout college I got an agent and began auditioning and working in the Atlanta market before making the move to LA after graduating.

What have been some of your favorite roles to play throughout your career?

Action and comedy are my favorite genres to work for sure, so playing SN Henry Bell on The Last Ship was a blast. The sets were amazing and the action/stunts were top tier. Playing Chris in “It Takes Three” was also one of my favorite roles. I   got to work with some incredible actors and I felt like the role really allowed for a lot of comedic improv and that was so freeing and fun.   I’ve found there is something special about every job.

What advice would you give to aspiring actors?

Know yourself first and foremost. Find your ‘why’ behind your pursuit in acting. Know that It’s a marathon and not a sprint. Comparison and envy are the killers of joy and contentment. I’d say this career will stretch you, break you, and trick you if your  intentions for acting are selfish. Which comes back to making your ‘Why’ strong and selfless. also…expectations will almost always disappoint. Unmet expectations steal your ability to be thankful. If you can’t be thankful you’re in trouble. 

Can you tell us about any upcoming projects you have in the works?

Recently I’ve been working on a short film called ‘Drift’ that I’m really excited about. It is an action film that deals with a father protecting his family from a crime syndicate he used to be tied to. It was also one of my favorite shoots. I got to do some fun stunts and fight scenes and I also got to work with some of my best friends on set, who happen to be incredibly talented. It is truly a beautiful short. I can’t wait until people watch it.

Love in Zion National: A National Park Romance, starring Cindy Busby & David Grindley, premieres May 20 at 8/7c on Hallmark Channel. Get a preview below!

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