EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – Maeve Quinlan Discusses Her Experience Playing Karen on Lifetime’s The Paramedic Who Stalked Me! – WATCH

We at Survived The Shows had the pleasure of chatting with Maeve Quinlan about her experience in the making of The Paramedic Who Stalked Me and also throwback some of her most iconic roles. Check out the full interview in the video below!

Anne-Marrie Kennedy and Ben VanderMey star in “The Paramedic Who Stalked Me” a new, original movie premiering Saturday, February 26 on Lifetime. We at Survived The Shows had the pleasure of chatting with Maeve Quinlan about her experience in the making of the movie, what fans can expect, and also throwback some of her most iconic roles. Check out the full interview in the video below!

What’s the main element in Karen’s character and the movie in general that fascinates you the most and drew you to join The Paramedic Who Stalked Me?

MAEVE QUINLAN: The reason I said yes to The Paramedic Who Stalked me is, number one, I’ve worked for the producer, Ken Sanders, several times before – I believe our first movie together was Teenage Bank Heist and the next was Double Daddy Stalker Club, I might be missing one – and Jeff Hardwick, who’s the casting director for him, has cast me on not only Ken’s projects but other projects as well.

So it was brought to me by Jeff Hardwick, whose taste is just impeccable.

What I also like is that usually I play the mom’s character on a Lifetime movie, which has been really good to me, but he also has viewed me outside of that box, and he always brings me something that is meaty, gritty, and something that I can play a different character each time, regardless of it being the mom.

In this case, it’s the mom, but what he brought me just previous to this – the year before I shot a movie that aired on Lifetime as A Fit to Kill (A job to die for) where I play mainly as a CEO. She is a mother, but I played a very psychotic character, really mentally. I want to say troubled but more conniving. She was fun to play, but that really stretched me as an actress. A lot. So I was looking to offset that for my next Lifetime movie. I’ve done two projects since that particular project, but my next lifetime project I really did want to go back to sort of a save-the-day Mom. And he brought it to me and I really liked it.

The writer, Daniel W also had written the movie I just described to you, he’s a great writer and I’d never worked with the director Dave Thomas before, so that intrigued me. And I didn’t know at the time the actress that played my daughter, but she is amazing and I found out lots of amazing things that we have in common on the shoot.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – Maeve Quinlan Discusses Her Experience Playing Karen on Lifetime’s The Paramedic Who Stalked Me! – WATCH

Where are you and Karen most similar and where most different as human beings?

It’s one of the reasons I liked this character so much is that unlike the the character I played before and fit to kill, which is arguably my favorite character I’ve ever played because that character was so far from who I am. But Karen was so much closer to who I am. I am very protective. She’s a protective mother. I do have very close relationship – Unfortunately, I don’t have any children in my own. I’m getting married this summer and my husband has three boys. I’m really close to my nieces and nephews who are older and I sort of grew up with them, not just an aunt but like an older sister and they would come and visit me from Ireland and then I was in charge of them –

So It’s easy for me to tap into that because I can relate to them at that age because I’ve had experience of it. So I brought that to Karen, I want my high school daughter to have fun. To go out with her high school kids, but I’m also extremely protective for correct reasons. I’m a single mom. She’s all I got. I’m all she really has as her family. I carry both roles.

In regard to what you asked me, what’s the most similar about her to me I would say you can hurt me, but if you hurt somebody I love, you’re done. That’s Karen.

So she puts herself on line as every mother would or every father would for their child. But she also want to trust this paramedic. But he’s right off the bat, doing things that absolutely no parent would allow and he’s of an older age. My daughter’s in high school and he’s taking a liking tour, which is just wrong. No way. And I’ll do anything, I have to. But what was kind of challenging is that the words are on the page, you don’t know exactly what the writers intention is for you to do, and they’re also looking for you to bring something different and we’ll bring it to life.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – Maeve Quinlan Discusses Her Experience Playing Karen on Lifetime’s The Paramedic Who Stalked Me! – WATCH

To all the fans looking forward to watching the movie, how would you describe The Paramedic Who Stalked Me?

I would have to describe it through the eyes of my daughter, who was beautifully played by Lexi Mindtree, Chloe. Imagine yourself faced with the biggest tragedy. And then the first person that comes there to save the day and save your life turns out to be your worst nightmare.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – Maeve Quinlan Discusses Her Experience Playing Karen on Lifetime’s The Paramedic Who Stalked Me! – WATCH

Among all the projects you’ve had the chance to work on, you also starred on the 90210 reboot. What’s your favourite memory out of that experience?

90210 was really cool to join because when I was in college, Beverly Hills: 90210 was the show that my roommates and I liked to watch in Manhattan Beach together. Now of course you can record stream. Watch it whenever you want. Bingewatch. It wasn’t that case. It was an event. And so the original Beverly Hills 90210 was kind of nostalgic for me.

When they rebooted, the creators did know me at that time from South of Nowhere, and when I got called in to play this character and the fact that I got it, I think the most amazing thing about that was that I was just a part of that. Like I had to pinch myself a couple times. And I’ve worked with Luke Perry before, which was very, very cool. I didn’t get to work with him in scenes on that, but I got to work with Shannon Doherty and all of the main cast and who came back as adults in the school and stuff. So it was it was just was special. It was special.

You’ve also had the chance to be on one of TV’s longest-running shows, The Bold and The Beautiful. Would you like to share something from that experience?

So The Bold and Beautiful was the most rewarding experience I’ve ever had.

Number one, it was the project that took me out of being just a commercial actress or a bit-part actress, and it really put me on the map. But first of all, at the time it was on daytime, which was enormous. I think what’s kind of replaced that is the obsession with reality TV in Real Housewives and things like that. So it was a very exciting time and I had a little small bit of celebrity being a tennis player and signing the occasional autograph or whatever.

But I was never prepared for anything like that because, well, Beautiful is in over 114 countries, it’s the most shot and watched show in the world. When we would go to, say, Italy, we needed bodyguards and it was a different experience getting back to what I was telling you about.

When you’re on location with a cast, you form this family well in daytime. We formed the strongest family on The Bold and the Beautiful, and no, we weren’t on location. And yes, we saw each other every day, but sometimes familiarity can breed contempt. But that wasn’t the case on our show, and I’ll tell you why: it’s the producers, the creators of the show, the Bell family.

All of what I just told you, like we’re a family, we treat each other as family, we were happy every day, like we’d be so excited to get to set, there was never any drama. Every drama that you saw was on screen not behind it, and that’s just a class act and it was started by Bill Bell and Lee Phillip Bell. But it’s their son Brad Bell who is the executive producer, who I worked under at the time and the whole family is wonderful.

To this day it’s not only one of the things I’m most grateful for, but one I’m most proud of and then I most miss. We all still stay in touch like with Katherine Kelly Lang we’re still great friends, Jennifer Finnigan, who played Bridget, she’s one of my best friends and she’s in my wedding and Brad Bell’s wife Colleen Bell, who is also a producer she’s in my wedding and Windsor and Ron Moss, who played Ridge. I mean, I can go on and on.

The Paramedic Who Stalked Me, with Maeve Quinlan, premieres February 26 on Lifetime. Get a preview below!


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