Actor Jesse Metcalfe Talks About Role In ‘Chesapeake Shores’


. I WANT TO OPEN UP A PLACE TO HEAR MUSIC. YOU WANT TO OPEN A BAR? A PLACE TO HEAR MUSIC. REAL MUSIC. SHOWCASING TALENT, PUT ON CONCERTS FOR KIDS, AND MAYBE HAVE AN OPEN MIC NIGHT. JUAN: THAT’S JESSE METCALFE AND THE HALLMARK TV SHOW “CHESAPEAKE SHORES.” TENSIONS DEVELOP AS HE COMES FACE-TO-FACE WITH AN OLD FLAME AND LOTS OF FAMILY DRAMA AS THEY TRY TO SAVE AN INN FROM FORECLOSURE. JESSE IS HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE SEASON. IT’S ALREADY WRAPPED UP BUT ON THE AIR NOW. WHAT WAS IT LIKE SHOOTING THE SHOW? IT WAS GREAT, WE SHOT ON VANCOUVER ISLAND, MADE A BEAUTIFUL BACKDROP FOR THE SHOW, A GREAT ENSEMBLE CAST, IT IS LIKE A PARENTHOOD MEETS NASHVILLE. HIT OPPORTUNITY TO SING AND PLAY GUITAR ON THE SHOW AND WRITE ORIGINAL MUSIC FOR THE SHOW. JUAN: A GREAT CAST, GREAT PRODUCTION STAFF BEHIND IT. YOUR CHARACTER IS TRACE. TRACE REILLY, SOMEWHAT SUCCESSFUL COUNTRY MUSIC SINGER/SONGWRITER, HE LEFT CHESAPEAKE SHORES AFTER THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE AND HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEART LEFT HIM SUDDENLY, AND HE NEVER GOT CLOSURE ON THE RELATIONSHIP AND DECIDED TO PURSUE HIS DREAM IN NASHVILLE, AND SOMETHING HAPPENED IN NASHVILLE THAT WASN’T GOOD, AND REKINDLES THE ROMANCE WITH ABBY PLAYED BY MEGAN HORRY, IT’S ABOUT FAMILY DYNAMICS AND PEOPLE FINDING JOY AND LOVE AGAIN IN THEIR LIVES, IT’S A GREAT SHOW. IT’S VERY LAYERED, VERY DEEP, AND THERE’S A CHARACTER FOR EVERYBODY ON THE SHOW TO RELATE TO. JUAN: WE WERE WATCHING YOU IN ACTION. BEING HALLMARK CHANNEL, THERE’S A LOT OF PULLS ON THE HEART STRINGS. ABSOLUTELY. ABSOLUTELY. THAT’S WHERE I COME IN, I TRY TO PULL THE HEART STRINGS EVEN MORE BY WRITING SONGS THAT SPEAK TO THE THEMES AND THE STORY LINES ON THE SHOW. JUAN: I UNDERSTAND ON TONIGHT’S EPISODE IN PARTICULAR, IT’S WHEN YOU COME TO REALIZE THERE’S A BUSINESS THAT YOU MIGHT WANT TO OPEN AND YOU NEED A LITTLE MONEY TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. EXACTLY. TRACE IS CONSIDERING A CAREER MOVE, AND HE’S THINKING ABOUT LAYING DOWN DEEPER ROOTS IN CHESAPEAKE SHORES. JUAN: IT’S BEEN EIGHT EPISODES SO FAR, FOR THE SEASON, RIGHT? WE DID A TWO-HOUR PILOT, ORIGINALLY A TWO-HOUR MOVIE, AND WE DID EIGHT EPISODES TO FOLLOW. JUAN: VERY NICE. JESSE, HARD TO BELIEVE — OF COURSE PEOPLE REMEMBER YOU FROM DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES. THAT WAS 12 YEARS AGO! ISN’T THAT UNBELIEVABLE? CAN YOU TELL THE AUDIENCE WHAT ELSE YOU’VE BEEN UP TO? RIGHT OFF ON THE TAIL END OF “CHESAPEAKE SHORES,” I DID A MOVIE FOR LION’S GATE CALLED THE NINTH PASSENGER, IN POST PRODUCTION, AND OTHER GREAT FEATURES, TWO MOVIES FOR SONY CRACKLE AND LEGENDARY CALLED DEAD RISING AND A MOVIE CALLED DESTINED ON THE CIRCUIT RIGHT NOW. JUAN: YOU ARE A BUSY MAN. THANK YOU SO MUCH, JESSE.