EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Lanie McAuley Previews Uptv’s Sweetly Salted!

Lanie McAuley

Sweetly Salted will premiere on Uptv on March 17th. We at Survived The Shows had the pleasure of chatting with star Lanie McAuley, who portrays Alison, about her experience on Uptv’s Sweetly Salted and a lot more. 

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Lanie McAuley Previews Uptv’s Sweetly Salted!

Can you tell us a bit about your character in Sweetly Salted?

Alison is a popular food critic who loves to eat and is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to food… but she maybe doesn’t have a true understanding of how challenging it is to work in a kitchen, or run a restaurant.

What initially attracted you to your role in Sweetly Salted?

I worked as a bartender & server during my college days, and it gave me a real appreciation for restaurant workers. It can be a very stressful job! I liked that in this story, Alison goes undercover as Seb’s sous chef and gets humbled pretty quickly when she realizes how demanding the profession is.

What do you think makes this movie so special and captivating?

I think there is some serious tension between Alison and Seb, who are both incredibly passionate about their respective careers. The stakes are high for both of them.

What do you hope audiences take away from watching Sweetly Salted?

Without giving too much away, I hope audiences are reminded that first impressions aren’t always right, and to walk a mile in someone’s shoes before you make judgments.

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

I met Will [Martinez] on day 1 of filming, and we became instant friends. He’s from New York, and I live in Los Angeles, but the movie was filmed in my hometown, Vancouver. So we’d hang out on our days off, and I took him to my favorite restaurant: Chambar. My favorite thing about working with Will was his sense of humor. He cracked me up more than any co-star I’ve ever had, and I’m sure there’s a blooper reel somewhere of us being idiots on set. I loved working with Sakura too. She’s the sweetest! And she’s a wizard at memorizing last-minute dialogue changes.

What can you tease about your character Journey?

Alison loves her life as a food critic, but she has tunnel vision when it comes to her career and what she’s willing to do for it. When you write something negative online, even if it’s a business, there’s a real person or real people on the receiving end. I think when Alison is confronted with that, she’s challenged to grow in a way that involves merging her love of food writing with the person she wants to be.

What was your favorite scene or moment while filming Sweetly Salted?

There’s a scene where Alison brings cronuts (croissant donuts) to work, and they were real cronuts from a local bakery. When we finished filming the scene, we got to eat them. They were life-changing.

Can you tell us about any challenges you faced while filming Sweetly Salted and how you overcame them?

My biggest challenge while filming Sweetly Salted was actually overcoming jet lag! I found out I booked the role while I was in Italy for my honeymoon, and I had to fly back early. I got stuck in Munich due to a missed connection, and lost an entire day. I finally arrived in Vancouver late on a Sunday night and we started filming early Monday morning. I was a zombie for the first few days of filming! Coffee was my best friend.

Talking about your experience in Country Hearts and Country Hearts Christmas, what can you share about this experience?

These movies were so fun to film. Anytime I get to play a musician, it’s a gift. I recorded all the songs in a Toronto studio prior to filming, and being in a vocal booth is my happy place. I also loved working with Chris Jericho. He’s the nicest guy, and made a personalized video for my friend’s dad, who is a huge fan of his. He’s truly a class act. Otherwise, the best thing about Country Hearts and Country Hearts Christmas was the horses! Even though one horse tried to bite my leg on-camera… they are such beautiful animals, and I loved having so many scenes with them.

You guest-starred in an arc of episodes on Chesapeake Shores, what did you remember about that time on set?

This was my first role where my character was a singer, and it will always have a special place in my heart because of that. At the time I was living in Nashville working on music, so my character, Emma, felt parallel to my own life in a way. I also remember doing a lot of traveling. For several months I would fly from Nashville to Vancouver, take a ferry to Vancouver Island, film for a few days, and travel back to Nashville for writing sessions. It was a hectic time! And I loved it. Chesapeake Shores made me realize I could really make a living doing what I love – acting and singing.

At Survived the Shows, we are big fans of Christmas comedies. What is your all-time favorite?

Elf! It never gets old.

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

The first project that comes to mind is The Podcast Murders. It was my first lead in a thriller, and it was an edgier role for me. I’d never had such a physically demanding role – I did a lot of boxing, sprinting, even fight choreography with a knife. I loved the challenge.

Another memorable project was How It Ends for Netflix. I have a scene with Theo James and Forest Whitaker, and it will forever be cool to me that I got to share the screen with an Academy Award winner.

Can you tease something about your next projects?

There may or may not be more coming down the Country Hearts pipeline… you’ll just have to wait and see!

Sweetly Salted” with Lanie McAuley will premiere on March 17th on Uptv.

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