EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – Star Laura Osnes talks about her role in Great American Family’s ‘Just in Time’!


Laura OsnesPeter Bryant & Greyston Holt star in Just in Time, a new, original movie premiered March 26th at 8 p.m. ET/PT. We at Survived The Shows had the pleasure of chatting with lead Laura Osnes, who plays Hannah, about her experience in the making of the movie ‘Just in Time and what fans can expect from the movie. 

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – Star Laura Osnes talks about her role in Great American Family’s ‘Just in Time’!

Can you tell us a bit about your character in Just in Time?

My character, Hannah, and her husband, Rowan, are at a near-breaking point in their marriage due to their struggles with fertility. Through a mysterious and unlikely turn of events, Hannah has to reexamine her priorities and her intrinsic desire for control. She meets an eclectic cast of characters who share their experiences and testimonies, ultimately leading Hannah to surrender her own plans and trust God’s perfect timing in an effort to restore her marriage.   

What initially attracted you to your role in Just in Time?

There are so many themes of redemption and restoration in this movie. I love that the film follows a married couple facing real-life challenges, as well as the depth of these scenes and characters. It’s not the typical “lovebirds at Christmas” storyline I’ve done before! This one required some emotional digging as an actor. I also resonated with the way Hannah has to go through her most difficult season to truly grow and realize her need for something greater. 

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

Not only are the locations & visual aspects of this movie gorgeous, but my hope is that viewers are moved by this story and perhaps see themselves in one of the characters. Hannah doesn’t start out having any faith in God, in fact, she’s been pretty hurt and disappointed by Him in the past. But being able to incorporate my own faith-journey into Hannah’s journey made the process so meaningful for me, and I hope that authenticity shines through and ultimately touches the hearts of our audience. 

What do you hope audiences take away from watching Just in Time?

I hope you are inspired by this unique Easter story. Perhaps it challenges you to heal a strained relationship, surrender control over something you’re clinging to, make a choice to forgive, talk to God in a different way, help a neighbor (or a stranger!), revisit faith in the midst of a dark time, or do some other form of internal heart-maintenance. Hannah goes through a major transformation through this movie and I hope you do, too!

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

We filmed on Vancouver Island, in and around Victoria, Canada. It was so beautiful… but also so cold! Shooting a spring movie in January provided its fair share of challenges (it snowed a couple days, so we were forced to pivot on a few locations!), but this cast and crew were some of the best and easiest artists to work with. My costars, Peter Bryant (Franklin), Greyston Holt (Rowan), and Aliyah O’Brien (Brook) were such generous scene partners, so fun and game for everything. Our creative team, led by director Paula Elle and executive producer Candace Cameron Bure, was extremely collaborative and kind! We had the best time bringing this meaningful story to life together.

What can you tease about your character Journey?

I already gave this away, ha!

What was your favorite scene or moment while filming Just in Time?

I really loved filming in Hannah’s greenhouse. The set was so beautiful, with all the real plants, fruits, vegetables, and bright colors! That’s my character’s happy place, and our crew did an amazing job at bringing the greenhouse to life so realistically.

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

Honestly, it’s the original cartoon of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Does that count?! That was a family favorite and hits all the nostalgic comedy notes!

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

I think the most iconic one I’ll be remembered for was playing Cinderella on Broadway – every little girls’ dream! I got to transform from ragamuffin to royal, wear glittering glass slippers, and waltz at a ball eight times per week! Audiences young and old were delighted, inspired, and moved through the magic of this story, and I got to work with some of Broadway’s brightest, most entertaining stars!

Can you tease something about your next projects?

I do a lot of singing/songwriting and have two new original songs in the works for release later this spring/summer. You can stream my music on all platforms, and I would love your support as an independent artist! I’m also currently co-writing a movie script and drumming up some concert opportunities.

My husband and I launched a production company and filmed a documentary series about a local theater company featuring adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I participated in one of their recent stage musicals and it was a life-changing experience. We’re hoping to find a platform for all this meaningful content very soon!

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