EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – Eric Keenleyside Previews Lifetime’s How She Caught a Killer!

We at Survived The Shows had the chance to chat with Eric Keenleyside, who plays David Goodman in the movie, and discuss his experience on How She Caught a Killer and what people can expect from it. Check out the full interview below!

Lifetime has given a thumbs-up to another ripped from the headlines movie “How She Caught a Killer” — this time starring network mainstay Sarah Drew, premiering August 19 on Hallmark. We at Survived The Shows had the chance to chat with Eric Keenleyside, who plays David Goodman in the movie, and discuss his experience on How She Caught a Killer and what people can expect from it. Check out the full interview below!

Can you tell us a bit about your character, David Goodman?

ERIC KEENLEYSIDE: David Goodman is a senior detective in a small town police department; conservative and careful, he plays by the rules. He has a strong paternalistic connection to Linda Murphy. Her late father was his partner and friend.

What initially attracted you to the role?

ERIC KEENLEYSIDE: Most of the work I do for television is what comes along. This role seemed quite usual and unremarkable until I met Robin Hayes and Sarah Drew and we started talking about the historical background.

What do you think makes the action in the movie so special and captivating?

ERIC KEENLEYSIDE: The plot is driven by Sarah Drew’s performance and Robin Hayes’s vision. What might have been a gritty procedural, was transformed into a story of recent feminist history as women struggle to thrive in a system bound by inertia.

What do you hope audiences take away from watching “How She Caught a Killer”?

ERIC KEENLEYSIDE: I hope they’re captured by the dramatic action and lifted up by the beautiful imagery set against the difficult subject.

What was it like working with the rest of the cast on set?

ERIC KEENLEYSIDE: The cast in this picture was exceptionally good to work with. I spent most of my time with Sarah Drew and Jamall Johnson. We quickly developed a special rapport and enjoyed each other’s company as much as the challenge of telling the story together.. Everyone else I met and worked with were happily dedicated to the work. For such a horrifying story, the set was always friendly and relaxed.

What can you tease about your character’s journey?

ERIC KEENLEYSIDE: Goodman comes slowly into the world of modern police work, and gains some wisdom where he thought to be a guide.

What was your favourite scene or moment while filming “How She Caught a Killer”?

ERIC KEENLEYSIDE: My favourite memories of the shoot were the beautiful locations of the corpse discovery scenes. Beside a lake, a stream or a great river, the contrast of the gruesome crime with the deep beauty seemed to me to offer some dignity and peace to the victims.

What makes this movie special?

ERIC KEENLEYSIDE: This movie is one of many crime dramas I’ve shot, but this one was made special by the vision of our director, Robin Hayes. She brought an easy-going temperament joined to a deep sense of dedication to equity. I hope that she is a signal of what to expect with the rise of women to directors’ positions, and inclusivity across the board in film and TV. It’s a long road, but people like Robin are good for the future.

What have been some of the most memorable projects you have worked on throughout your career, and why?

ERIC KEENLEYSIDE: I’ve been lucky to work with wonderful people throughout my career. It’s the people I remember most, and the joy of collaborative creation, however challenging the circumstances. The first movie I ever did, Blue City Slammers, based on Layne Coleman’s play, was the foundation of quite a few life-long friendships. The most personal fun was the under-rated Interpreter, directed by Sydney Pollack. Months in New York City with a fine hotel and time to explore was a dream come true. I got to work in the UN buildings where my grandfather had worked 50 years before. I’m also very fond of playing in Loudermilk for the Farrelly brothers … what a blessing to have such a free range in comedy.

Can you tease something about your next projects?

ERIC KEENLEYSIDE: My wife and I have theatre company that you can look at here:
https://deltastageworks.ca/ . We’re remounting our successful local production of a play about the lives of the mothers of all the actors. I’m hoping for a fair resolution to the strikes in the USA, but am lucky to be able to schedule my knee replacement surgery for the fall.

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