Lisa Whelchel Talks New Hallmark Movie
Ellisha Rader Mannering
You may remember Lisa Whelchel as Blair Warner from The Facts Of Life. Whelchel appeared on the show from the time it aired in 1979 until it was canceled in 1988.
Whelchel recently talked about the show and one of her cast mates, George Clooney, who made several appearances on the show as well.
“The truth is, he was kind of in his twenties, he was young, he was gawky, he was so much fun!” she said of Clooney. “He’s really aged quite well. Back then, it was kinda fun to have a big brother around.”
Many people wondered why Whelchel never tried to date Clooney, but she claims that she had no idea that he would grow into the heartthrob he is today.
“I don’t know, maybe I was just not smart, or not thinking ahead, because I did not anticipate what he would grow into,” Whelchel added. “I think if I had, I would’ve worn makeup to rehearsal a little bit more often.”
While Whelchel may have let Clooney go, she has still hung on to acting and is working on her new Hallmark Channel movie For Better or For Worse. Whelchel’s new movie also stars another Facts Of Life star, Kim Fields, who played Tootie.
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Both actresses are excited to work on the movie and with each other again.
“I am pitched a lot of scripts that are family-friendly, and I hate to say it, but a lot of them are really, really cheesy. Either that or they’re just trying to hit you over the head with a message. So when I got this one, I thought it was a great script, a delightful comedy that happened to have a nice message. I was enamored by it, so I signed on,” Whelchel said about the movie.
“They sent me the script and said that Lisa was attached, and I thought it was a great story. And after all the directing and producing, I loved not having those responsibilities. I could show up, get to work with someone I adore, and then go home! And I got to be comfortable in my post-baby skin,” said Fields.
What do you think of Lisa Whelchel as an actress?
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