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Lea Thompson Happy to Get Her First Crack at Romantic Comedy Movie

Lea Thompson Hallmark Channel photo

Lea Thompson says she didn’t have to think twice about the prospect of making the Hallmark Movie Channel’s “The Cabin” movie that premieres Saturday (7/30).  The actress of “Back to the Future,” “Caroline in the City” and her current “Switched at Birth” series fame points out, “I’ve done so many movies, and so many TV movies, but oddly enough, never a romantic comedy.  So to get one in my late forties is kind of appealing.”

The movie has her as a divorcee who takes her children to a gathering of the clan and sporting competition event in Scotland — only to find that her cabin has been double booked with a family headed by handsome-but-difficult single dad Steven Brand.  Lea found the Dundee, Scotland-born actor to be “really funny, and really sweet” — and their interaction fun to play.  There were, however, unexpected challenges on the production, which actually took place in Ireland, Scottish tartans notwithstanding.

“There’s a good reason why Ireland is not Hollywood; the weather is so uncooperative,” Lea observes.  “It was really cold and really wet.  They were like, ‘It’s a vacation movie.  It’s summer vacation.’  And I was like, ‘These leaves are pretty orange.  Can we put on a sweater?'”

“The Cabin” also demanded a great deal of physicality.  “They must have said, ‘We need someone to toss the caber.  Let’s get Lea!’  Crazy, huh?  I wondered how much they were going to let us do, but we did all that crazy stuff.  I was so amazed that no one got hurt.”  The one-time ballerina also got to show off her footwork in a dance sequence.  She notes, “The crew always appreciates it when you do something physical.  It brings everyone together.”

It was a special family time for Lea herself.  “I brought my sisters along — Colleen and Shannon.  All my life I thought they had Irish names, and now we find out that they’re fake Irish names.  Real Irish names are much more interesting.  We are Irish, so it was really a dream come true to be there together.”

Lea Thompson Surprised by Size of ‘Switched at Birth’ Success

Lea Thompson in "The Cabin" Hallmark Movie Channel photo

Lea Thompson, just wrapping the first 10 episode season of her hit ABC Family Channel “Switched at Birth” series, reports she’s going to get in some quality rest and relaxation time before diving back into work.

“My daughters and I going to rush off to Europe.  I’ve been planning it for hours and hours,” says Lea, whose 20-year-old daughter, Madeline, just graduated with honors from The New School university in New York.  “We’re going to Spain, France and England.  We’re really excited,” she says.

It’s been an intense stretch of work for Lea over the last couple of years.  She’s done a string of big and small screen movies — including a role in Clint Eastwood’s forthcoming “J. Edgar” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, and her own Hallmark Movie Channel original, “The Cabin,” a romantic comedy coming up July 30.

And then there’s “Switched at Birth,” with its record-breaking premiere and subsequent high ratings.  “We were really surprised by how well it did,” she admits.  Despite what could have been a campy or cheesy premise — rich and poor teenage girls discover they were given to the wrong parents when they were born — Lea stresses, “It’s not pandering.  There’s a class struggle.  There’s a racial struggle.  There’s a struggle with a child who has a disability, who is deaf — and people are really signing on the show.  People have to think a little bit more than they might have expected.”  And they must like it.  Fancy that.

About the finale segment they’re just finishing now — she says it’s a cliffhanger.

MEANWHILE:  Lea also has her “Mayor Cupcake” comedy coming out on DVD next month.  She executive produced the romp, in which she plays a homemaker who becomes the mayor of her small town.  “It really is cute.  My daughter Maddie gets to sing in it, a song from ‘The Breakfast Club,’ actually.”  The scene became an unplanned tribute to late “Breakfast Club” creator John Hughes, she says.  Lea’s leading man is none other than “Breakfast Club” alumnus Judd Nelson.  She and her husband, director Howard Deutch, met on another Hughes movie, “Some Kind of Wonderful.”   The day of Maddie had to sing the song, Hughes had just died, “and we were all crying,” Lea recounts.  Lea’s 16-year-old daughter, Zoey, is in the movie as well.