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Bonnie Somerville stars in Hallmark Channel holiday film 'Mom's Day Away'

Bonnie Somerville (right, with James Tupper) stars in the Hallmark Channel original movie 'Mom's Day Away.'
Bonnie Somerville (right, with James Tupper) stars in the Hallmark Channel original movie 'Mom's Day Away.'
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Happy Mother's Day, readers! There's no shortage this weekend of mom-friendly programming, including the new Hallmark Channel original movie, Mom's Day Away. Bonnie Somerville stars as the titular mom opposite James Tupper (Revenge), and BFTV chatted with Bonnie this weekend about the flick and her own Mother's Day plans.

"I love the script and that was one of the main reasons why I had to be part of Mom's Day Away. I loved working with the producers, the entire team and James Tupper too!" Bonnie enthused. "This is the second project I've done for Hallmark Channel, and the people there are just awesome. It is such a family that makes beautiful things an entire family can watch together, which really makes the work worth it."

And there was definitely some work involved in this shoot. "The one thing that was fun and challenging working on this movie was that we were in Vancouver during the peak of winter, while they were encountering an arctic freeze, and we were pretending to be in Los Angeles at the beginning of summer for Mother's Day," she laughed. "We would be in tank tops and summer wear, and then when they would say 'Cut!' the crew would run to us and get us covered in big puffy jackets. So I think all of us did a great job of looking warm the entire time!"

Bonnie is a familiar face to TV fans. She recently co-starred in CBS's police drama Golden Boy as Detective Deb McKenzie, the partner and girlfriend of Detective Christian Arroyo (played by Southland's Kevin Alejandro). You've also seen her as Detective Laura Murphy on NYPD Blue, and in recurring roles on The O.C., Friends, and Cashmere Mafia.

"I'm proud of all the projects I've been in. It's hard to pick just one," she told us. "The TV-movie Shake, Rattle and Roll was one of the first projects that really launched me. And being a part of one of TV's biggest sitcoms, Friends is something people still stop me on the street and ask about."

Aside from her acting work, you may have also heard Bonnie's singing - one of her songs was included on the soundtrack to the film Garden State and she also performed with the charity group Band From TV. Though she no longer sings with them, she looked back on the experience fondly. "It was fun to work with everyone, like Hugh Laurie from House and all the guys, Greg Grunberg and James Denton," she said, "while we were all working on different shows but still part of this group that all of the funds we raised while performing, we donated to charity. That was something that was just a blast."

Since today is Mother's Day, we asked Bonnie what she's planning for the holiday. "I've sent a few cards. The one thing my mom and I always do is send each other multiple cards for occasions," she said. "So there will be a funny one, a heartfelt one, and we just have had this tradition since I can remember. A few years ago I surprised her and went back east to New York, and we celebrated together with a Mother's Day brunch."

What's something Bonnie learned from her mom, that she'd pass on to our readers? "Work hard for your dreams," she told us, "and that nothing is impossible."

Mom's Day Away premiered yesterday at 8 PM ET/PT on Hallmark Channel, but if you missed it, it will re-air throughout the week. Check your local listings for specific channel and air times.

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