It's been three years since we last caught up with Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' favorite POstables, but that changes this weekend with Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Vows We Have Made, the thirteenth film in the franchise. Much has happened since we last saw Oliver (Eric Mabius), Shane (Kristin Booth), Rita (Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe) and Norman (Geoff Gustafson), as we find Oliver and Shane planning their wedding. "Some time has certainly passed since the last movie," Booth (pictured above) explained when MediaVillage spoke with her exclusively for the movie. "I would say a good six months have probably [gone by]. Rita and Norman are settling into life as a married couple, while Shane and Oliver have been operating as an engaged couple, now planning their upcoming nuptials and all the challenges that come with that. We also get to meet Shane's mom Sharon, played by the lovely Sherry Miller -- and I have to say the casting there is pretty darn good."
For fans of the franchise, this installment has been a long time coming. Following Signed, Sealed, Delivered: To the Altar (2018), it appeared that could have been the last we saw of the POstables. However, thanks to the legion of fans and their online support, that changed. "All of the credit for this happening goes to them," beamed Booth. "Truly! Any show, or film, survives because there's a need and a want for it. But with this show in particular, our fans are so dedicated, so generous and so giving. They have become such a part of the show. We interact on social media, and they send the most beautiful cards and letters telling us what the show means to them. Then they continuously demand more! Our fan base is truly a gift, and they're an incredible group of people.
"It wasn't until COVID I started going, ‘You know, maybe this [movie] won't happen,'" she added. "COVID sort of did that to all of us with everything outside of our homes. Still, there was always a little piece of me, and a little voice inside, that kept saying, 'It's going to happen.' At the risk of sounding cheesy, that little voice was saying, ‘Just trust the timing.' That's something Martha Williamson has beautifully written into our script, especially with the character of Oliver. So, it was always like, 'Just trust the timing and it'll happen.'"
According to Booth, who read the script long before going into production, reuniting the gang was an emotional experience. "At our table read-through, we were all around a massive table in Vancouver, where we shoot, and were able to have that moment to see one another again and catch up," she recalled." Hearing the script read aloud in the character's voices, saying these lines, and telling this story -- I had goosebumps. It was quite an incredible experience!"
Part of the joy for Booth in filming The Vows We Have Made was exploring Shane's relationship with her mother. "I loved the way Martha wrote [that] relationship," she explained. "It isn't wrapped in a perfect little bow and isn't this perfect [thing] where mom shows up and all is well. They're very dissimilar people who don't see eye to eye -- they challenge one another. But underlying is this mutual love and adoration. That dynamic was so much fun to play an actor, and I think is going to be so much fun for the fans to watch because it's not a tidy relationship."
After playing Shane for so long, Booth feels proud of her growth. "I've loved [her] from the beginning," she shared. "But wow, has she really evolved as a person! Becoming a part of the DLO (Dead Letter Office), you see the influence her colleagues, now friends, have had and how they've made her more accepting of people's differences and uniqueness. In the first film, she said something like, 'You guys are the weirdest people I have ever met, and not in a good way.' Now she's marrying Oliver. Rita is her maid of honor, and Norman is the best man. I love that these weirdos have become a family."
When it came to being a bride, the behind-the-scenes family Booth has formed played an important part, too. "I love that I got pick Shane's wedding dress and the accessories," Booth beamed. "We were trying to figure out what earrings Shane should wear, and I looked up at [the earrings] Sandy, my make-up person [was wearing], and I said, 'Those earrings!' Her husband had had these gold and amethyst earrings made for her. I don't know how many fans know this, but the necklace Shane always wears is an amethyst. Sandy was honored to loan her earrings, then our property master brought in a family heirloom. It was all so collaborative, and I felt the love all around that day."
With news of another Signed, Sealed, Delivered installment still to be announced, Booth is hopeful this won't be the final POstables adventure. "Everyone who loves these movies, and works on them, doesn't want this to be the last one," she shared. "However, if it is, I can't stress enough how grateful I am to have been a part of this. It's changed my life for the better. I have lifelong friends, and thanks to Martha's immense [writing] talent, should this be the last one, it is satisfying enough that fans will feel like there's closure and these characters can live on in their imaginations.
"But that being said, it's written in a way that could go on for years," she added in closing. "Hallmark has shot movies in Africa, and Europe, and I could really see the POstables go international. Imagine the different cultures they could explore, and the diversity we could bring in. Let's make #InternationalPOstables a thing, as it could be quite incredible!"
Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Vows We Have Made will be telecast Sunday, October 17 at 9 p.m. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
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