Saturday, April 29, 2023

Feel-Good Interview Series: Actress Heather Hemmens of Hallmark's A Pinch of Portugal - 7 Things to Know About Her

By: Markos Papadatos, #Powerjournalist
Actress Heather Hemmens is known for her acting work in Roswell, New Mexico, If Loving You is Wrong, Hellcats,Yellowstone and several TV movies. She stars in the 2023 Hallmark movie A Pinch of Portugal opposite Luke Mitchell. In this new original film, a celebrity chef walks off his show, and prep cook Anna must step into the spotlight and make the show her own, with the help of her Aussie cameraman and Portuguese location scout. I got to ask this talented actress some questions about her life and work.
Career-defining Moments 
On her career-defining moments, she said, “There have been so many. My very first experience as a series on the show Hellcats was a steep learning curve for me, and those moments that I learned being a professional on set, to bonding with the cast, and living in a different country because we shot that in Vancouver. I had to adjust to all those challenges in very little time and I had to roll with it. That was so valuable to get that steady work and experience. It’s the standard that I try to uphold for myself to this day, especially how hard I worked in that job. Nothing really changes.” 
Hellcats has become a cult classic. Even though we only did one season, it has become the gift that keeps on giving,” she added. 
Current Chapter of Her Life
Regarding the title of the current chapter of her life, she shared, “This is the Peaceful and Happy Chapter.” “I am still working hard in doing the things that I want to do in my career, but I am also finding enjoyment in my personal life a lot more.” 
Dream Acting Partners 
In the dream acting partners department, she noted that there have been “so many” on this list forever. These include Jim Carrey, Will Farrell, Denzel Washington, and Cameron Diaz. “I would like to do some comedic acting with Cameron Diaz now that she is back in the game,” she said. 
If Heather Hemmens Had a Superpower it Would Be....
If she had a superpower, she shared that she would “tinker around with the salaries of teachers.”  “It’s a big problem that we are struggling with these days. I feel like supporting our teachers in this country could help us solve a lot of our problems,” she said. 
Favorite Cheat Meal 
Speaking of A Pinch of Portugal, her favorite cheat meal is “codfish fritters.” “I’ve always loved those, and they are a famous Portuguese dish, I had as many as I could while I was there. So many restaurants there made them so good,” she said. 
Favorite Motto to Live By 
On her favorite motto to live by, she revealed, “Quitters never win, winners never quit.” 
Favorite Sports to Watch and Play 
On her favorite sports to watch and to play, she remarked, “I must admit I don’t watch sports. Sometimes, I venture out to play tennis. I would watch the Olympics of the Super Bowl, it has to be a huge event on the television to watch a sport.” 
To learn more about Heather Hemmens, follow her on Instagram.
Photo Credit: Michael Larsen, Hallmark Media