EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – Writer Ansley Gordon Previews Hallmark’s ‘Comedy-Meets-Romance’ Movie, When Love Springs!

We at Survived The Shows had the pleasure of chatting with writer Ansley Gordon about her experience in the making of Hallmark's When Love Springs and what fans can expect. Check out the full interview below!

Rhiannon Fish and James O’Halloran star in “When Love Springs,” a new, original movie premiering Saturday, May 6 (8 p.m. ET/PT), on Hallmark Channel as part of the network’s annual Spring into Love programming event. We at Survived The Shows had the pleasure of chatting with writer Ansley Gordon about her experience in the making of the movie and what fans can expect. Check out the full interview below!

Rhiannon Fish & James O’Halloran on Hallmark’s When Love Springs, written by Ansley Gordon – Credit: Hallmark/Crown Media

Can you tell us about your role in creating “When Love Springs”?

My name is Ansley Gordon and I am the writer of “When Love Springs”. It was originally called “Love at the Lodge” but that title was taken so it was changed to “Love at Liliac Lake” but after filming began the lake in the movie was changed to lily lake based on the lilies at the location. I sent the script to Jaggi Entertainment back in November of last year and they liked the script and wanted to make it. Nicely Entertainment was the distributor and got Hallmark Channel on board – which was a dream come true!

What was your favorite aspect of working on this movie?

My favorite aspect of working on this movie was the creation of the characters. Rory and Noah are both two comedically adorable characters with strong motivations and backstory that was a fun playground to create chemistry for them. Rhiannon Fish who played Rory brought my vision of comedy-meets-romance to life perfectly and her physical comedy in this movie is SO FUN!

What do you think sets this movie apart from other Hallmark movies?

What sets “When Love Springs” apart from other Hallmark movies is the comedy and the stunning locations. While you can always expect romance and fun in these films, sometimes they don’t include real physical comedy and hilarious (and sometimes slightly awkward) situations.

The meet-cute is a great example – Rory busts into Noah’s office and accidentally makes a mess of the place. She tries to help clean it up but only makes things worse. Riannon and James (who played Noah) played that moment perfectly. It is a good blend of both the classic romantic moments with some fun comedic moments as well. The movie also centers around the vow renewal of Rory’s parents which isn’t something you typically see in these kinds of movies. 

Can you share any behind-the-scenes stories or anecdotes from the making of the movie?

I wasn’t on set for the production so unfortunately I don’t have any.

What was the biggest challenge you faced while making this movie, and how did you overcome it?

I wasn’t on set for the production so I didn’t really have any production challenges. But in writing the script, we had a very specific cast count and we couldn’t go above that for budget reasons so getting creative with getting the amount of characters we needed in the story to show up on screen got to be a bit creative. 

Rhiannon Fish & James O’Halloran on Hallmark’s When Love Springs, written by Ansley Gordon – Credit: Hallmark/Crown Media

Were there any scenes or moments in the movie that you particularly enjoyed writing?

I really enjoyed writing the meet-cute. I love finding interesting and unique ways for two characters (that we know are going to fall in love) crash into each other’s world. I also loved writing the vows for Lyla and Tom during the vow renewal – I got teary-eyed writing those words for the characters. 

How did you approach creating a unique and compelling story for “When Love Springs”?

Whenever I start a new project that I am writing on spec and hoping to sell I try to find an interesting hook – what sets my movie apart from the hundreds of others out there. For this one, I knew I wanted a fake relationship situation. 

Do you have any tips for writers looking to break into the world of movie or television writing?

Keep writing! Set goals for yourself and write every day. The first script you write isn’t going to be perfect and that’s okay – just keep writing. It’s a muscle and the more you do it, the better you will get at it. I wrote nine Hallmark-style scripts on my own before I ever sold anything because I wanted to teach myself how to be the best writer I could. I highly recommend that because it makes your work so much better once you get paid to write something. 

How do you think your experience as a writer has influenced your work on this movie?

Rory is a Public Relations professional and my degree is in PR so I leaned heavily into my schooling when building out Rory’s job. I also spent a lot of time researching B&B’s and wanted to highlight how “family owned” bed&breakfast locations are struggling with the influx of Airbnb options and higher end spots that have corporate backing to help them stay afloat in the off-seasons. I love charming little local spots and I really wanted Noah’s B&B to feel that way and I that the production team did a wonderful job capturing that. Family is a huge part of the story and I am very close with my family so that was something that  I leaned into that for both Rory’s character and Noah’s. 

Finally, what can viewers expect from “When Love Springs,” and why should they tune in to watch it?

Viewers can expect a lot of fun moments, a lot of chemistry, and some solid conflict when they watch “When Love Springs.” The movie is heartfelt and sentimental and follows Rory as she makes some major changes in her life – both personally and professionally. I hope viewers feel connected to the theme of love – both old and new – and that they see a bit of their own family in the Richards family. I hope they get enjoyment from the comedic moments and that they fall in love with Rory and Noah!

When Love Springs, starring Rhiannon Fish & James O’Halloran, screenplayed by Ansley Gordon, premieres May 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Hallmark Channel. Get a preview below!

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