EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – Star Connor McMahon talks about his role in Uptv’s ‘Writing a Love Song’!

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Nina Kiri and Connor McMahon star in Writing a Love Song, a new, original movie premiered March 31th at 8 p.m. ET/PT on UpTV. We at Survived The Shows had the pleasure of chatting with lead Connor McMahon, who plays Dustin, about his experience in the making of the movie ‘Writing a Love Song and what fans can expect from the movie. 

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – Star Connor McMahon talks about his role in Uptv’s ‘Writing a Love Song’!

Can you tell us a bit about your character in Writing a Love Song ?

My character Dustin Miller is a down on his luck musician struggling with his career and love life. Until he can find a way to get over his ex girlfriend Anya, he’s stuck in a loop of self destructive behavior that jeopardizes his career. Until he’s given an ultimatum by his record company that leads him to working with Chloe Brandon, who not only helps him gain back his confidence as a musician, but helps
him to realize what it is that’s really important to him.

What initially attracted you to your role in Writing a Love Song?

I’ve been a big fan of country music for a long time. I also got into performing through playing music before I ever started acting. So the opportunity to bring my love for music and this genre specifically onto the screen was hugely attractive. It was also a very different role than one I’d ever played on screen before so I was excited for the challenge and opportunity.

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

I believe that at its core, this movie is about overcoming your insecurities, following your passion no matter what and surrounding yourself with people who support you. We had such an amazing cast and crew that did just that for each other. I think what makes it special is that what you see on screen was happening behind the scenes as well. We all leaned on each other a lot and I think it translates into the film.

What do you hope audiences take away from watching Writing a Love Song?

We all had such an amazing and fun time shooting this movie. I hope that audiences can take away that exact same feeling. A fun, easy, lighthearted watch with a nice story and even better music.

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

We all clicked immediately and we were shooting on location in Northbay Ontario so we were all away from home, cast and crew, so we spent a lot of time together on and off screen. We would go for dinners together and spend our weekends off hanging out and we all still keep in contact too. I probably talk to Lauren (Anya) almost everyday when we’re not both working. We all just wanted to have fun with this project. It’s a fun script, it was fun to make and a big part of that was because of how amazing the cast was!

What can you tease about your character Journey?

A little bit of rom, a little bit of com. My characters journey I found similar to my own while prepping for this movie. When the self doubt kicks in it can be tough to find your way out of it. But having good people around you who support you makes the world of difference. Dustin goes through a rollercoaster of emotions but eventually realizes what it is he’s been missing in his life, both career wise and
where personal relationships are concerned.

What was your favorite scene or moment while filming Writing a Love Song?

I really like the whole scene at the karaoke bar. It’s got everything in it you expect from a rom com. I also loved filming the finale because after building it up so much, we finally got to hear the song. We had real musicians on stage playing the band and we all just went for it for 7 hours that day giving full performances every take!

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

In my senior year of high school I did my first professional play. I didn’t know much about acting or performing but the way that show worked was super fast paced, you needed to know everyone’s lines and the choreography of it was so specific. It was a masterclass in discipline and being present and I’m very grateful to have had that experience so early on. I also did a movie last year based on a true story called ‘Would you kill for me; the Mary Bailey story’. The character I played was a real person and did some truly evil things in his life. Again, it was one of the hardest roles I’ve ever had to take on but we had an incredible cast and I had the privilege of meeting the real Mary
Bailey on multiple occasions. To see her now and all that she has overcome and accomplished is truly inspiring. It’s not as lighthearted as Writing a Love Song but I am definitely proud of the work everyone out into telling that story.

Can you tease something about your next projects?

Nothing that I can say right now but hopefully will be allowed to talk about soon. I’m filming something at the end of this month that got put on hold during all of the strikes so I am very excited to finally be doing that. I prepped for a while before the postponement and have been back in prep for it now for about 8 weeks so I’m eager to get into that one soon!

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