September 26, 2022

Jaicy Elliot on Ella’s Confidence & Her Mistake About Derek

Gray’s Anatomy star Jaicy Elliot trades scrubs for beautiful designs with Hallmark’s physique positivity rom-com Romance in Fashion, premiering on August 13.

“It’s very completely different. It’s sort of cool as a result of it was a primary for them when it comes to what they needed to do with the theme of the film and we had plenty of enjoyable making it into its personal little facet Hallmark mission,” Elliot, who hopes to see extra motion pictures prefer it and do extra with Hallmark, tells TV Insider.

Within the movie, Elliot stars as assured and passionate aspiring plus-size clothier Ella reverse Benjamin Hollingsworth (Virgin River), whose good-looking and disarming Derek, the “Prince of Publishing,” is about to take over the high-profile vogue journal enterprise the place she freelances. When he enlists her to point out him the ropes, she colleges him on the areas of vogue which can be ignored, and, after all, they fall in love.

Elliot tells us extra about Romance in Fashion.

What appealed to you concerning the film and the position of Ella?

Jaicy Elliot: Ella’s such an superior character to dwell with. She’s a drive of nature and he or she’s so set in her mission to liberate ladies via her inclusive vogue that she’s engaged on. That was a very nice vitality to be round on a regular basis as a result of it’s a really optimistic and uplifting sort of model of myself that I’ve to convey ahead. After which the film, I really like that it opens up along with her engaged on her craft quite than searching for love. Love comes as a cherry on prime of the cake kind of scenario however the primary focus is her and her personal progress, which I feel could be very thrilling to see on a Hallmark film.

And the movie is matter-of-fact concerning the physique positivity message.

Yeah, it was good that it wasn’t like we had been attempting to help Ella as she was on her personal journey to find herself. I really feel like that was kind of executed previous to the film. We discover her in her self-confident, full, unapologetic model. And it was good to choose the film up from that time and simply see her as she’s carrying that into the world, quite than as she’s discovering that for herself. That distinction is it’s not that we’re discussing whether or not or not physique positivity is a factor, it’s that we’re discussing how one can implement it in our society. And it’s a simple method to simply see it. It’s enjoyable. It’s non-confrontational.

Benjamin Hollingsworth, Jaicy Elliot in Romance in Style

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Talking of that confidence, she’s very assured in her and Derek’s meet-ugly. What’s her first impression of him?

When she meets Derek, he sort of stands for every part that Ella thinks of when it comes to the kind of jock-y, sort of superficial, entitled, wealthy, elite New Yorker. In a manner, it’s humorous as a result of she’s all about accepting individuals for who they’re on the within and her preliminary response to Derek is a snap judgment that she makes on him based mostly on how they meet. She sort of locks him into this prejudice of a persona that he seems to sort of break down and he or she lastly meets him as himself in a while. I feel the error performs a job in her additionally opening herself up just a little extra and that blossoms into a really actual connection that they’ve collectively. So it’s a pleasant distinction.

What do you suppose will make viewers fall in love with their relationship?

I feel their disagreement could be very candy. We dwell in a world in the present day the place we’re at all times being confronted with everybody’s opinions and it’s laborious generally to see that on the finish of the day, we’re all simply attempting our greatest. It’s good that they meet and so they dislike one another at first and so they overcome their variations and study from one another and develop collectively. It’s kind of a wonderful, natural, very human relationship that we see unfolding in entrance of us.

Jaicy Elliot in Romance in Style

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Discuss Ella’s profession as a result of I really like her designs and we see the connections that she has.

Yeah. It’s humorous as a result of clearly, the style is a giant a part of the film and we had been very fortunate to work with Quita Alfred, who was the wardrobe designer, and he or she got here up — along with her staff — with 21 outfits for 14 days of taking pictures. So it was the primary time that I had heard of such an intense wardrobe focus. We labored collectively on creating the Ella Unique look. It was actually vital for me to know who she was and it’s all very full of colours and patterns and it’s flattering and comfy and it’s every part that Ella is from the core out. And we needed it to be additionally very accessible, so we made positive to incorporate the patterns and the materials a number of occasions and in numerous sort of methods all through the film. It made for a really sincere and really actual sort of strategy to what beginning out as a clothier will be like in New York.

You talked about accessibility — I like how her designs are inexpensive, too. She’s considered each side.

Yeah. She has this principle she calls the IFFF. It’s inspiration, match, materials and financials. And I feel it’s true that we see plenty of excessive vogue and it’s so inaccessible and it’s not comfy and it’s one thing to aspire to, which lots of people imagine is what excessive vogue ought to be, however her complete idea is that we simply must really feel lovely, after which every part sort of falls into it. And if the cash, if the affordability is available in the way in which of that, then we’re lacking the purpose of the message that she’s attempting to get via.

I favored Ella and her buddy Katie’s (Connie Manfredi) relationship. How do these two help one another?

I feel they’re very very like your chosen household. Connie Manfredi is such an exquisite firecracker of a human being. I really like her a lot. And from the primary Instagram message that we despatched one another to yesterday, we had been texting, it’s been such an enormous pleasure to get to know her and work along with her and Ella and Katie’s relationship was fed by that. It’s humorous, as a result of after we shot the film, the message and the sensation of what we had been going for within the script actually sort of intoxicated us and it sort of seeped into {our relationships} within the film and everyone was so supportive of everybody and Katie and Ella ended up being this actually powerhouse of a friendship and like sisters. They’re crucial to one another as a result of each their careers and their relationships sort of are born out of this highly effective bond that they’ve.

And you may actually really feel that from their first scene collectively.

Yeah, and their condo and their designs and so they speak in confidence to one another. Ella is available in with this assurance of every part that she’s been via in her previous relationships and he or she’s so set in her methods as to she’s so cussed and understanding what she desires and the way she’s going to get it. And Katie is an important mirror for Ella to only look into and he or she calls her out on a couple of partitions that she’s constructed up round herself as a result of it’s so robust to be — physique positivity isn’t one thing that’s simply acquired, particularly within the society we dwell in in the present day. And so she is there to remind Ella that she will be weak though she’s on a journey to battle for this new imaginative and prescient of the world.

Romance in Fashion, Film Premiere, Saturday, August 13, 8/7c, Hallmark Channel