10 questions with Pascale Hutton

Pascale Hutton is a talented actress who is best known for her role as Rosemary Coulter on Hallmark Channel’s “When Calls the Heart.”

Welcome! Before we begin, would you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got involved with “When Calls the Heart”?

I got involved with WCTH at the end of the first season. This was supposed to be just a two-episode arc. I think we all quickly realized a character, like Rosemary, that got the fans so fired up needed to stick around and I’ve been on the show ever since.

What do you remember about your first television audition and how would you act differently now that you are a seasoned actor?

I came from theater but was pretty green to auditioning nonetheless. I was rough around the edges but totally willing to play and have fun. Ignorance is bliss, as they say, and I booked the part.

“Flashpoint” was one of the most heartfelt cop dramas around during its five-season run. Did you feel any extra pressure to perform your scenes with the emotion viewers came to expect—or was it simply another acting challenge?

I approached “Flashpoint” as I would any role which is to be as honest and in the moment as I can.

You only appeared in one episode of “Stargate: Atlantis,” and yet fans easily recognize you as the First Officer of the Aurora. What are the first memories that come to you when thinking of your time filming that episode?

What I remember most is that that gig was the beginning of a long and fulfilling relationship I have with the director Martin Wood. We’ve worked together about 20 times, including numerous episodes of WCTH. I absolutely love when we get to work together!

How would you describe “When Calls the Heart” to a new viewer?

Heartfelt family show with great costumes!

Pascale Hutton plays the role of Rosemary Coulter on “When Calls the Heart.”
Credit: ©2018 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Eike Schroter

What kind of feedback do you have on the arc of your character? Is there a piece or two of Pascale Hutton that you have deliberately infused into Rosemary?

This is a frequently asked question and I’d be lying if I said there weren’t similarities.

Let’s just say we’ve got a symbiotic relationship.

How has your relationship with Kavan Smith grown since you filmed your first scene together?

Kavan and I immediately clicked, honestly that doesn’t happen often. For Kavan at least. But over the years we’ve grown and our relationship has deepened and we have a very efficient shorthand.

How has Rosemary evolved since she first got off the stagecoach in Hope Valley and what growth might still be ahead of her?

I’ve always said that Rosemary’s evolution is a testament to our writers and Hallmark that they never wanted her to stay stagnant. She has evolved from a quite selfish city actress into a true friend/entrepreneur/community leader and of course wife while never sacrificing her flair for the dramatic.

Without giving anything away, what can viewers expect of the 2018 Christmas special?

It’s possible they will meet Elizabeth’s baby!

As Christmas approaches in Hope Valley, newly widowed Elizabeth prepares for the birth of her baby and Abigail prepares for the town’s Christmas gathering. Photo: Pascale Hutton, Erin Krakow, Lori Loughlin Credit: ©2018 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Eike Schroter

Why should viewers tune in for the 2018 Christmas special? 

There might be a baby!

Let’s pretend Hallmark asks you to write an episode of “When Calls the Heart” in which a misunderstanding leads to a temporary rift between Elizabeth and Rosemary.

What would the misunderstanding be about, how would Rosemary evolve throughout the episode in how she handled it, and how would the two friends be closer by the end of the episode?

It would probably revolve around Rosemary’s tactless honesty and end with Elizabeth giving her a taste of her own medicine. The two women would realize that honesty between friends is a gift but so is kindness.

I believe Rosemary has already had a line: “Being kind doesn’t mean you aren’t honest with one another!”

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