EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – Director Brian Brough Teases ‘Fun, Romantic and Lighthearted’ Love In Aruba! – WATCH


Sashaleigha Hightower & David Shawn McConnell star in “Love in Aruba” a new, original movie premiering Saturday, February 18 at 8/7c on Great American Family. We at Survived The Shows had the pleasure of chatting with director Brian Brough about his experience in the making of the movie and what fans can expect. Check out the full interview in the video below!

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – Director Brian Brough Teases ‘Fun, Romantic and Lighthearted’ Love In Aruba! – WATCH

What’s the main element in Amber’s character and the movie in general that fascinates you the most and drew you to join Love in Aruba?

I like the relationship with our main characters. She’s kind of at a crossroads of ‘What should I do?’. She has a break and she has an opportunity to go off and and live life a little bit more. So from that standpoint, it’s kind of a interesting dynamic. She has to get out of her comfort zone, do something different, but is also able to enjoy a beautiful environment and go do that.

I think she’s a little out of her comfort zone, but at the same time she’s probably more comfortable than he is. He’s just not used to having a woman around the house anymore and so he has to kind of become more comfortable with that situation and they both have to figure out how to get along with one another. I want to say it’s an odd situation but given the the new circumstance of having them together as you as she goes to watch his daughter.

How would you describe Love in Aruba in just 3 words?

Fun, romantic and lighthearted.

What can you tease about Amber’s and Connor’s journey throughout the movie?

Basically, Amber gets hired to go down as kind of a nanny or tutor to help Connor’s daughter while he’s working in Aruba. So it’s kind of watching her, but also helping her stay up on her schoolwork. And as a result she goes out and instead of doing the traditional book learning all the time, she teaches his daughter as they go and explore Aruba. So that was a fun aspect of doing it and be able to go and see all that Aruba has to offer.

And you know, before we wrote the story, we went down to scout and just look around and see what does Aruba have to offer. One thing that viewers can really look forward to is seeing a lot of the highlights of things that you can do in Aruba. We did a lot of things. Everything from going to different caves and going to an ostrich farm and to the Flamingo Island and be on a pirate ship.

All this other stuff that was really fun and we basically said ‘OK, how do we incorporate these elements into the story?’ and so I think the movie does a great job of highlighting the fun things that there are to do in Aruba.

What’s been the biggest challenge for you in directing Love in Aruba?

This movie was filmed mostly in Aruba, and it was actually filmed during COVID, so that made it a little bit challenging. Acting-wise and story-wise, everything went really smoothly. One challenge was probably just the fact that Aruba is very windy and so just dealing with the wind all the time, just made it.

So we had to make sure we adjusted, you know, Amber’s hairstyle so it can fit. It wasn’t constantly flying in her face. And you know, picking the spots of how to do things and how to how to manage it just to deal with the wind, so not as. Yes, it was more of a technical aspect of it, but that was probably our biggest challenge. And that being said, it wasn’t like a horrendous challenge or anything, but that’s one thing we just had to deal with on a continual basis. So, it was fun and we had a good time doing it.

If you could choose any other character from Love in Aruba that you would have loved to play if you were an actor, which one would it be and why?

There’s not like tons of characters and there’s not as many to choose from, but I’d probably choose the character of Tony, played by Danner Gerald. He’s a really fun character. He’s kind of the supporting character that’s there to be a sounding board and to help him, not only just with work but help him with his personal life. So he was always fun. He gets to be around for a lot of the scenes and have an important role without having to have all the pressure and everything. So I probably wanna play Tony.

The interview with Love in Aruba director Brian Brough has been edited and condensed for length and clarity. Get a look at the full interview in the video at the top of the article!

Love in Aruba, directed by Brian Brough & starring Sashleigha Hightower and David Shawn McConnell, premieres February 18 on Great American Family.

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