Over the weekend, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries aired the brand-new movie, Curious Caterer: Dying for Chocolate. The movie – based on the Goldy Schulz books by Diane Mott Davidson – focused on a murder investigation, and potentially kick-started a new series of mystery movies for Hallmark.
When the movie aired on Sunday, it was a hit with audiences, but prior to its debut screening, the film’s lead stars, Nikki DeLoach and Andrew Walker, took to social media to take part in an online chat session. The pair joined forces with Hallmark to talk about the new picture, and answer some all-important questions from fans.
And one of those questions led to a rather philosophical answer from Nikki DeLoach, relating to an important quality that she believes is inherent in her character. That quality is curiosity – something which is not only ingrained in the title of the movie, but also in the lead character Goldy, and in DeLoach herself.
The question that was posed to the actors was a simple one: What quality does each actor like about their characters? DeLoach was quick to answer by saying, “I love how curious (Goldy) is.”
She then went on to explain in greater detail, putting her answer into a much larger context. She said:
“I was reading this article where professors were talking about something they struggle with – like one of the biggest things they struggle with, with their college students these days. And a lot of them are saying it’s their lack of curiosity, right?
“Because we live in this world of social media where we are constantly being told the answers to everything, like what to wear, what to eat, how to think, all of these different things, so (the professors) keep bumping up against this kind of environment of kids going ‘I don’t know, just tell us the answer’. And it’s in high school too, and I think that what has been lost is curiosity, right?
“And I think that even in our dialogue with each other – you know, we’re so certain we know the answer to things, we’re so certain that we’re right. I fall privy to this, I fall privy to this a lot in my life.
“Well, what happens if we just put aside our certainty about anything, and then just get curious and ask, ‘yeah, but why?’, and ‘why do you think you did that?’, or ‘why do you think that happened?’, or ‘what made you make this decision?’”
“You know, once you get talking, you get curious about (a person’s) life and where they come from and why they believe the things that they do, (so) what might have in the beginning started off as being a conversation that could have been ‘you’re different from me, and that’s it, we’ll probably never be friends’, can be ‘oh, I understand you now more, and even though we’re very different in all these other ways, now we can be connected because I know who you are. And I know why you live your life the way that you do.’
“And I think we are really lacking that in our society, and it’s my favourite quality about Goldy hands down, and it just reminds me of my own life. She reminds me just to stay so curious.”
DeLoach’s response about remaining curious at all times, was met with agreement from her co-star, Andrew Walker.
He said: “It’s true, we do, we have Google at the tip of our fingers, which is actually an interesting tool, but you never want to lose that curiosity. You never want your children to lose that curiosity.”
He added: “I think acting is a thing where we have to be curious. You know, as actors we have to ask the questions. The more questions you ask, the more you’ll cover in the story and the roles you play.”
So, while we can all agree that curiosity killed the cat, it seems it is not a bad trait for characters appearing in mystery movies – and as far as DeLoach is concerned, having a bit of curiosity in life is very important too. It is something we should never lose sight of, and it may ultimately bring us all closer together.
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