“Illustration is all the pieces. Inclusivity is all the pieces.”
The Hallmark Channel is making progress in its efforts towards having extra range and illustration in its content material — and Janel Parrish says she’s thrilled to be “part of the change.”
In an interview with TooFab, the actress opened up about starring within the first Hallmark movie with two Asian American leads, the community’s newest TV film, “Proper in Entrance of Me.”
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“It is fairly wonderful. [Co-star Marco Grazzini] and I are each not new to the Hallmark household, which is nice,” started Parrish, 32. “That is my second Hallmark film, however it’s the primary time in historical past that Hallmark has had two Asian American leads and to me, which means the world as a result of rising up I didn’t see a variety of movies with Asian American illustration, not to mention one Asian American lead, not to mention two! So, it is fairly nice.”
“We really feel so pleased and excited to be part of the change,” she added. “And illustration is all the pieces. Inclusivity is all the pieces. So we’re simply so proud and we’re so grateful to Hallmark to provide us a platform to lift our voices and inform these tales.”
Parrish — who beforehand starred within the 2020 Hallmark Christmas TV film “Holly and Ivy” — continued to reward the community for making tasks through which “everyone has a proper to be heard.”
“They inform such lovely, heartwarming tales,” she informed TooFab. “They’re being so fantastic with illustration and variety and inclusivity. The tales they’re telling — everyone has a proper to be heard and I really feel like they’re actually giving the microphone to all several types of voices and faces and I am actually proud to be part of that.”
Whereas there might not have been a lot illustration in movie and tv when Parrish was rising up, the “Fairly Little Liars” star mentioned she nonetheless had a number of girls she appeared as much as within the trade, together with Nancy Kwan, Lea Salonga and Lucy Liu.
“I am an enormous musical theater lover,” Parrish defined. “So I watched ‘Flower Drum Tune’ 1,000,000 occasions, and Nancy Kwan was one of many first Asian American actresses the place I used to be like, ‘She’s doing it! I may do it too!’ Lea Salonga — once more, sorry, musical theater nerd — however seeing her on stage simply dominating in these highly effective feminine leads. I used to be like, ‘Nicely then I may do it too.’ After all, Lucy Liu, who’s simply groundbreaking. I imply I keep in mind watching her within the ’90s and ‘Ally McBeal’ and simply being like, ‘Wow, a super-strong, badass, highly effective Asian American girl with an enormous character simply coming in and dominating.’ I liked it.”
Parrish additionally gave a shoutout to her “To All of the Boys I’ve Cherished Earlier than” costar Lana Condor, saying the actress is “paving the best way for all of these lovely little Asian American ladies wanting as much as her.”
When requested how she feels to even be that illustration for younger ladies herself, Parrish mentioned she was “grateful. Actually, actually grateful.” She added, “I am so glad to be part of it and the truth that we’re heading in that course and to be part of it’s nice. It makes me really feel very proud.”
“Proper In Entrance of Me,” follows a bridal stylist, Carly (Parrish), who will get a second shot along with her school crush whereas on a weekend getaway. Uncertain find out how to impress her crush, Carly will get recommendation from a brand new male pal, a chef named Nick (Marco Grazzini).
Within the movie, Parrish’s character eats a variety of unbelievable meals, a lot of which featured South Asian delicacies. “Actually, dream function,” Parrish mentioned of attending to benefit from the scrumptious bites whereas filming. “I eat a lot meals and it was all so good.”
She recalled, “I keep in mind the director even coming over and being like, ‘Janel are you okay to take a couple of extra bites? Would you like us to carry you a spit bucket?’ I used to be like, ‘No! That is my dream.’ So good! I acquired to eat so many wonderful Filipino fusion dishes. So good.”
One phrase she’d use to explain the movie: Yummy.
“You get all of the yummy, enjoyable, flirty issues which can be taking place,” Parrish defined, “but additionally you simply watch this film full of fantastic wanting meals.”
Take a look at the movies above to see extra from Parrish — together with her ideas on probably recording an album or performing in a musical sometime.
“Proper In Entrance of Me” premieres Saturday, April 17 on the Hallmark Channel.