EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – Star Ian Collins talks about his role in Hallmark Mystery’s ‘Family Practice Mysteries: Coming Home’!


Amanda Schull and Brendan Penny star in ‘Family Practice Mysteries: Coming Home’, a new, original movie premiered May 17th at 8 p.m. ET/PT. We at Survived The Shows had the pleasure of chatting with star Ian Collins, who plays Avery Smith, about his experience in the making of the movie ‘Family Practice Mysteries: Coming Home and what fans can expect from the movie. 

Can you tell us a bit about your character in Family Practice Mysteries: Coming Home?

Avery Smith heads the investigations desk at the local paper and has a real talent for uncovering the truth. He teams up with Rachel, the protagonist, to solve a complex mystery that hits close to home for both of them. What I love about playing Avery is that we get to see him at the start of a transformational journey. It’s a role that offers a lot to possibly explore both now and into the future, especially as he starts to realize that his initial perceptions about the town and its secrets aren’t quite what they seem.

What initially attracted you to your role in Family Practice Mysteries: Coming Home?

I’ve always appreciated how Hallmark supports my career, so any project with them feels like “coming home” – lol (word play) . But what really drew me to this role was Avery himself. He starts off thinking he’s got everything figured out, but as the story progresses, he realizes there’s more to learn. It’s those kinds of roles that have the opportunity for growth and transformation over time and multiple films that’s what  really attracts me. The possibility 

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

This movie layers multiple elements of intrigue—from family secrets and personal tragedies to the challenge of adapting to changes in life. It really explores what family means on many levels, and bonds are tested and formed under the most intriguing circumstances. I think it’s special because it’s not just about solving a mystery; it’s about understanding people and their motives, which is beautifully woven through the narrative.

What do you hope audiences take away from watching Family Practice Mysteries: Coming Home?

Firstly, resilience. Rachel, our lead, goes through so much yet she never gives up. It’s inspiring. Secondly, the importance of community and collaboration. The movie shows that letting others in and sharing your burdens can make a big difference. These are timely themes that resonate well beyond the screen. Additionally, I hope the audience appreciates the subtle messages about understanding and forgiveness that are woven into the interactions between characters, reflecting the complexities of real human relationships.

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

Working with Amanda Schull, who plays Rachel, was fantastic. She brings a natural ease to her role, and we quickly developed a great on-set chemistry. The entire cast felt like a family, and that really helped make our interactions on screen feel genuine and engaging. It was a collaborative environment where everyone, from the actors to the crew, was dedicated to bringing their best to the film. This collective effort is something I always look forward to in projects because it enhances the creative process.

What can you tease about your character’s journey?

Avery is usually the one who has things figured out, but there’s a turning point in this film where he encounters something—or rather, someone—that surprises him. It’s a fresh challenge for him and adds a new layer to his character. 

What was your favorite scene or moment while filming Family Practice Mysteries: Coming Home?

There’s a sequence where Avery and Rachel really start to click as a team. It’s that moment where they shift from cautious allies to true partners in solving the mystery. The dynamics of their relationship bring a lot of depth to their investigation, making it my favorite part to film. This scene is set against the backdrop of a pivotal clue discovery that propels the story forward, adding to the thrill and engagement of their collaborative effort. 

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

I have to go with “Elf”; it’s just classic holiday fun. But I also love “Gremlins” which might be a bit controversial. It mixes a bit of spook with the festive cheer, which is a fun twist. And I have to  mention  my movie “Must Love Christmas” on CBS; it’s filled with relatable characters and a lot of holiday spirit. 

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

One of the standout projects for me was “Bacon Me Crazy,” also on Hallmark, which was memorable not just for the incredible cast, but also because it merged my passion for cooking with acting. It was truly a unique experience to bring those two loves together on screen.

Another was working on “Snowpiercer” which has just been picked up by AMC for its fourth season. Being part of such an intense, high-stakes narrative taught me a lot about the complexities of long-term character development. I’ve always though of my character, Tristan, as a bit of a cowardly lion but in the fourth season we get to see a lot more of the “lion” end of the spectrum. It was a pinch-me moment every day on set because I’ve always been a huge fan of the sci-fi genre, so to contribute to such a compelling story was incredibly fulfilling.

Can you tease something about your next projects?

I am also thrilled to be joining the upcoming fourth season of “Family Law” on Global and CW for a few episodes.Joining this cast was another highlight for me; the team is fantastic, and the writing is superb. It’s one of those projects where you feel immediately integrated into a community that is both welcoming and inspiring. I’ve also just wrapped on Signed,Sealed and Delivered with Hallmark . Got got play a heart felt character, just full of love . And of course the final season of Snowpiercer on AMC airing July 21st , whereI reprise my role as Tristan. 

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