Moments With Mercy: Interview With Charlotte Hegele!

Hey y'all,
Charlotte is one of my favorite actresses and when I reached out after finding out she would be rejoining the cast of When Calls The Heart this season, I was so thrilled when were able to work out an interview!  While we actually conducted this interview last month, with the premier tomorrow I thought this would be a great time to share it with you all!
First I'll tell you a little bit about Charlotte and then we'll get started!
"Charlotte Hegele was born in Toronto but spent most of her formative years in London, Ontario. Although Hegele began acting in community theatre, she knew film was where her ambitions lay. She returned to Toronto in 2008 to attend Humber College's Acting for Film and Television Diploma Program. After graduation Hegele began work on several projects filming in Toronto and quickly landed a lead role on the award winning Canadian hit Bomb Girls."

And now for the interview!

Mercy: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Charlotte: Well, presently I'm sitting in my living room in Toronto enjoying a London Fog Latte.  :) Other than that, I'm a Canadian actress. When I was 17, I went to Humber College for their acting for film and television program.  Since graduating, I've been working professionally for 7 years. 
Other tidbits about myself- My favorite animal is the hippopotamus and my favorite color is green.

Mercy: What started your interest in acting?
Charlotte: Ever since I was young I've had issues with anxiety. I was diagnosed with a learning disability so I was never very good with language and communicating verbally.
Acting was so helpful for me while growing up because it allowed me to communicate through actions and emotions first of all and then when I did have to speak, the words were written for me and I just had to memorize them. I find performing very freeing. I've been acting or singing since I was 5.
I've always been kind of good at it, so that was a plus.
I've always loved movies as well. I remember thinking back to when I was little and my parents would take me to Blockbuster and I would look at all the different VHS and DVD covers and think, "I want to do that. I want to be in movies."  Then, when I got older I received so much support from family and teachers I decided to give acting professionally a shot.

Mercy: What kind of roles do you prefer to portray?
Charlotte: I love portraying women who are messy, emotional and don't have themselves or life, for that matter, quite figured out yet.  It's funny because usually I end up getting cast as a person who's a bit na├»ve, gentle and and often falls victim to their circumstances, whose stories typically include fighting for their figurative or sometimes literal freedom.
However, when I'm in acting class I get the opportunity to play all sorts of different parts, which is one of the main reasons why I'm an advocate for actors to never stop taking classes. Those opportunities help you grow as an artist.
In class, I've been able to play these loud, angry, forceful, strong, powerful, confident characters. And they're amazing to embody.  However, for whatever reason, I don't often get the opportunity to play that on screen. In both cases, though, these character archetypes often have a similarity.  They're all faced with a challenge that they must overcome. 
Conflict is what I look for in characters.

Mercy: I, along with all the Hearties was glad to hear you'd be returning to When Calls The Heart.  What was your favorite part of being on set again?
Charlotte: Well first of all, thank you so much!  The Hearties are the absolute best.  So unbelievably supportive and I appreciate them so much!
The general tone of the When Calls The Heart set is so positive and generous!  It's a really lovely show to work on.  Everyone is very kind and talented.  I feel very lucky to be back.
The costumes this season are to die for! Barbara, our head costume designer and her team are literal angels.  Everyone looks so fabulous! 

Mercy: What are some of your career aspirations?
Charlotte: I would love to work on either a show or movie that when I first read the script I get goosebumps, or cry, or feel like, "Wow! This is going to change the narrative of our society right now."
And it doesn't really matter the genre.  You can put me in a spaceship or on the back of a horse in 1910.  The setting doesn't really matter. It's always the story that's the most important.
I've been so fortunate during my career to be part of a number of projects that are not only extremely well produced but also strike an emotional chord with audiences. I'd like to continue to create work that resonates with viewers and that gets people discussing bigger issues and ideas.

I've never wanted to be famous. Anonymity is a virtue that people typically take for granted and then it's gone and you can't get it back.  So I'm told I've never been famous.
Having someone say to me- "Your work is true, honest, and moving"means more to me than, "Hey, can I get a picture with you, or an autograph?"Don't get me wrong, being supported by fans is absolutely amazing! But I've always strived to be an artist first and to produce genuine work.

Mercy: What do you like to do in your free time?
Charlotte: Well, I try to eat well and work out.  Try being the operative word there. :)  I love doing Pilates, beach volleyball and softball in the Summer, and hibernating and watching Netflix in the Winter.  I sing, I play the guitar, I write songs...
I love art! I paint, draw, weave, and I occasionally paint these little dolls to look like my friends and give them to them as gifts. 
The best way I spend my spare time though is definitely when I'm hanging out with my close friends and family.  You never know how much you're going to miss a person until you suddenly lose someone close you.  I never take a single moment for granted when I'm with the people I love most.

Mercy: What is the funniest thing that has happened to you while filming a movie?
Charlotte: Okay, that's a really good question!  I thought about it for awhile and there are always so many times on set when you start to get the post-lunch, late afternoon giggles after you've had sugary treats from the snack table. And then suddenly anything that anyone does becomes so hilarious and you can't stop laughing with your fellow actors!  
Once on the first season of WCTH, I walked in to a low hanging lantern and I bumped my forehead and it was on my forehead for the rest of the night.  It was pretty funny, even though it was a little painful. :)

Mercy: What is something most people don't know about you?
Charlotte: People don't know that I frighten very easily.  If you put your hand on my shoulder out of nowhere or say hi particularly loudly, I will jump out of my skin and then immediately start to cry.  I don't mean to, I can't help it.
And on the flipside surprisingly, I love rollercoasters. I didn't think I would as an adult but I went to an amusement park a few years ago and had the best time!
I'm also very strategic. I love board games and I was on the chess team in Elementary school.  I used to compete in chess tournaments. So I'm kind of a nerd.

Mercy: In what ways are you most like and unlike Julie?
Charlotte: Julie and I are similar because we both assume the best in other people and on occasion that can get us into trouble.  We both feel determined to do things that might be frightening or uncomfortable.  You can't grow if you're always playing it safe!  Also, we are both equally playful.  Playing and having fun is the absolute best!  We're both avid readers. 
I've never been as determined to find a significant other as Julie.  Although, I can empathize with her on that.  It was a different time period and I feel like Julie in her attempts to find love, what she was really looking for was a reason to love herself.  To prove to herself she is worthy of love and I think that's something we can all relate to.

Mercy: Who are some of your favorite actors and actresses that you've worked with?
Charlotte: Erin (Krakow), no question there! And Lori (Loughlin) have always been so kind to me on set.  I've had the pleasure to meet a number of the other actors this season and that's been a dream!  Loretta Walsh, Andrea Brooks, Eva Bourne, Paul Green, Erica Carroll and the list just goes on and on and on!  Everyone on this show is just so funny and chill and a pleasure to work with.
When it comes to other projects, I've always had a soft spot for the women I worked with on the Bomb Girls. Meg Tilly in particular. She taught me a lot about the industry and how she works on her
craft, etc.  I could listen to her chat about literally anything for hours and I think to myself, "I'm becoming such a better person because of this."  She is so generous to everyone on the show and I am so lucky to know her.

Mercy: How do you want to see Julie evolve on WCTH?
Charlotte: I'm very proud of Julie this season.  She's decided to take a different approach to discovering her life's purpose.  In past season,s it's always been that she was looking for fulfilment from others but this season she's learning to get that validation from herself.  She's really grown in that regard and she also takes a page out of Elizabeth's book. She admires her sister so much. I won't say any more than that! :)

Mercy: Is there anything you can share with us about season 5 of When Calls The Heart?
Charlotte: Prepare yourselves because it's really, really good!
 This season has a lot of love and drama, triumphs and heartbreaks.  The writers did a wonderful job with everyone's storylines.  Other than that, you're going to have to watch it for yourselves. 
And I hope you love watching it as much as the cast and crew loved making it!

Charlotte, Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule for this interview!  You bring class and grace to all the roles you portray it and it was such a pleasure to chat with you.  Readers, I hope you enjoyed.  Make sure you follow Charlotte on Twitter and Instagram!  And remember, Season 5 begins airing tomorrow!!
~Mercy


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