Some time last year, I had the opportunity to interview Dan Payne, and it quickly became a popular post on my site, since Hallmark fans thoroughly enjoyed seeing him featured in a variety of roles on the network. As busy as Dan was last year, I think he may be even busier this year, but we still recently squeezed in an interview as there is a nice chunk of things coming up for this versatile, handsome actor who always leaves such a pleasantly memorable impression on the screen, no matter the size of his role.
DP: Good Witch was a great experience from the moment I landed in Toronto to start filming. Literally, on the ride from the airport, I received one of the kindest “welcome to the show” emails ever from Jon Eskenas, one of the producers. Jon is an amazing and generous human being! Then I met the incomparable Catherine Bell, who is as beautiful in person as you could imagine. She also made me feel extremely welcome straight away. And what can I say, from then on, my job was to flirt with Catherine. Not a bad gig!
A Time To Dance was well-received this past year. How were you able to connect so genuinely with your character and make it so believable? Any special preparation that you had to do to take on a role like that as opposed to the lighter Hallmark roles? Any plans for a sequel to A Time to Dance?
My favorite part of working on All Yours had to be the kids! We got to goof around, laugh and throw colored water balloons at each other all day – and call it work!
I have heard a lot of the buzz about Descendants 2. What can you tell us about what to expect from the film and your role in that? How have the fans been treating you?