Bruce Boxleitner currently co-stars with Andie MacDowell on Hallmark Channel’s first-ever primetime series, “Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove” the #1 rated series airing on Saturday evenings. Boxleitner’s character, Bob Beldon is the owner of the Cedar Cove Inn, Thyme and Tide. The series is based on the popular book series CEDAR COVE by #1 NY Times best-selling author Debbie Macomber. The series has been renewed for a second season.
Bruce is a longtime favorite with sci-fi and western fans worldwide. He starred with Jeff Bridges in TRON:LEGACY, the popular motion picture sequel to Disney’s cult film TRON. In addition, he co-starred with Lindsay Wagner in Hallmark’s THE THANKSGIVING HOUSE special which premiered on November 2, 2013 and co-stars in the Christmas movie SILVER BELLS which premiered on the UP Network and is now available on DVD.
Jennifer Williams: How did you get started in acting?
Bruce Boxleitner: Oh my gosh! That is a hundred years ago! I started in high school. I didn’t make the basketball team, even as tall as I am. I just sort of wandered into an audition for the fall play [during] my sophomore year. I loved movies and television, but I wasn’t really exposed to a lot of theatre where I lived. It was just something that I got into. I started to love it and I’ve wanted to do it ever since then. I had that dream and there is very few people who can say that they succeeded in living that dream. After I started, I went to drama school out of high school and one thing led to another with auditions over the years. I started out in Chicago, then I moved onto New York and finally I came out here to Hollywood in the 1970s. I am a very fortunate and lucky man.
Jennifer Williams: What do you enjoy most about acting?
Bruce Boxleitner: It is a creative outlet… I can’t intellectualize or explain it. It is just something I do. I enjoy living other lives I guess or exploring themes in the human experience. I never really thought about it… except it is a ball to do and I can’t believe that they actually pay me to do it.
Jennifer Williams: You are well worth what they are paying you! Well, what attracted you to Silver Bells?
Bruce Boxleitner: It was just a good script and [it had] a good lead character in Bruce Dalt. I got the script and then was watching the evening news and I saw our local sportscaster… and I thought “This could be lots of fun.” The message of “Silver Bells” is an appealing message and it is a universal one about redemption, finding out the important things in life and the true meaning of the Christmas season. It was well written and I thought it was going to be a lot of fun.
Jennifer Williams: It sure was to watch you play him in “Silver Bells.”
Bruce Boxleitner: [Bruce Dalt] was a fun character to do and as a more seasoned veteran now, [one of the] things that appealed to me to… that he didn’t need to take the credit any more. He was such a competitive guy. Over-the-top competitiveness. And he learned even at that age, it isn’t the most important thing in life. There was also the father-son storyline there that I am always a sucker for. I raised three boys and they are all wonderful, young men now and I’m always tearing up at stories like that. I think that is just something that is a very natural thing for men. Our fathers are such important characters. That is an important theme in contemporary America right now… how important a father is in the household as a role model. Bruce didn’t start out as such a good father in “Silver Bells” and ultimately, it is his son who teaches him a lesson. I think we have to listen to our kids sometimes.
Jennifer Williams: Is it hard to make a Christmas film so far in advance of the Christmas season it is going to be released in?
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