It's no secret that Jane Seymour is one Hollywood's most iconic and
dynamic actors, and tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT, she'll star in
Hallmark Channel's highly anticipated premiere of Perfectly
Filmed almost entirely at a Grand Rapids-area home once owned by
the co-founder of Amway, Seymour plays a British Martha Stewart
type asked to make changes to her successful television show.
Naturally, she's resistant to the idea and concocts a plan to keep
her show "a good thing."
The movie is a sequel to her highly rated 2008 Hallmark Channel
Original Movie, Dear Prudence.
Real-life husband James Keach and daughter Katie Flynn co-star
alongside Seymour, as does her former Dr. Quinn, Medicine
Woman flame, Joe Lando, giving the movie a uniquely intimate
She was kind enough to join me for a second interview (read the
first interview here) to talk about Mackinaw Island, a
real-life romance with Joe Lando, and how she finds balance in her
busy family life.
Your blog has really come alive overnight! How did you
come up with the idea to answer fan questions via
It was really cool. We emailed people we knew that had web sites
dedicated to us in different ways, and we just said if any of the
fans had any questions for Joe and I then this was their
We got all these wonderful questions, so what we did was sit
down together in front of the Christmas tree and this is our gift
to the fans.
The thing that occurred to me was that Joe and I in this setting
is really good! He's looser and better than he's ever been on
anything! So I laughingly said to Joe, 'What happens if we end up
doing a talk show?'
I mean, we're kind of like Regis and Kelly.
Agreed! Joe was very relaxed, which is very unlike
Very unlike Joe. He's notoriously uncomfortable doing any of
those things or even having his photograph taken, and he loved
doing this and he said he's keen on it, he enjoyed it.
Did your son Sean Flynn film the videos?
He did! He's a filmmaker and I thought he made us look rather
He's a professional. He's hoping to direct a movie fairly soon,
but he's filmed things for me for Kay Jewelers and things that are
on the web site. He shoots for other people obviously, he gets
hired, but he's a great photographer, too. He's now showing in
You have four children all involved in something
There's a step-daughter Jenni Flynn that I've known since birth
so I call her my daughter. She's a year older than Katie and she
works in a major fashion business n branding and marketing.
I think she saw me doing design and decided it was cool. She
helped me design some t-shirts for the rock
band PT5, which is my son's rock band.
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It's all in the family with you Jane.
It is all in the family. And then of course, Kris is
all about the sports, and he likes hop hop and DJing, and he plays
three or four instruments, but Johnny wont let him in his band
because Johnny's band is Johnny's.
Kris' life is Kris'. But I did see them playing acoustic guitar
together the other day and it was really cool. They were in the
kitchen, and there's guitars all over the house, you have to
undersand, this house is all about music. Everywhere you go there's
a piano or a guitar, or a harmonica somewhere.
Are you musically inclined?
I was. A long time ago I used to play classical guitar, the
violin, piano and I sang madrigals and learned some opera. I don't
sing anymore because I damaged my vocal chords when I played Maria
Callas, but I won the Emmy so there you go.
A fair trade off?
Yes. I'm musical enough that I can hear and listen and know when
it's right and when it isn't, and appreciate it on a level as
someone that used to play.
I took piano lessons and had a piano teacher that would hit my
knuckles when I hadn't practiced enough, and I begged to get away
from the piano, and then I got into the violin, and then I became a
teenager so getting callouses on my fingers was not really high on
my list of things I wanted to do. That's what happened to the
guitar as well.
I used to be a classically trained competitive pianist,
but I also don't play anymore.
Perhaps when my kids are older I can get them started
with lessons and get back into it.
I'll tell you a trick.
Getting a teacher that teaches them what they want to play is
key, so we told our piano teacher, if they want to play Star Wars,
if they want to play Rag Time, if they want to play something they
hear on the radio, teach them how to play that. And once you've got
them doing that, then it's cool. Then they play the other stuff as
Playing Prudence again… was it difficult to get back
into the mindset considering the storyline was a little bit
different than it was the first time?
It's the same character. The same woman. So playing Prudence,
I'd already created who that charcter was, and it was the same
director and the same writer, so I found it very easy, and great
And it was particularly fun because I was playing
mother/daughter scenes with my real daughter, and I was playing
love scenes and engaging in bantering argumetns with Joe Lando who
I've spent seven years acting with, and we actually even dated at
one point. I don't think people are aware of that.
The secret's out!
Oh yeah. We went out together when we did the the Dr.
Quinn pilot. It was a crazy rainstorm that happened and we
were flooded out of the location, and then somehow or other, we
definitely had feelings for one another, and we were definitely
single at the time, and we definitely became an item for a
Well, we were together long enough to know what we're missing,
and long enough to know why we're married to who we're married
I think the unique part about it is that his wife and I are very
good friends. He and James are really close, and all our families,
his boys and my boys, it's a wonderful relationship we all have.
We're really close and we have a lot of miles under our belts.
We've been through a lot, through thick and thin together, and I
think that's why that blog is so special. Joe and I really get
The chemisty between both of you really shines
It's so rare. You can't make that happen. It either happens or
it doesn't. It happened with me and Christopher Reeve, and it
definitely happened with me and Joe Lando, and I think the
producers and director of Perfectly Prudence saw that chemistry.
Not just on screen but saw us socially at the house ,and that's
where they got the idea for Perfectly Prudence. They said, 'We need
to unite Jane and Joe.'
It was also Joe's wife's idea. She said to Joe, 'You've made
lots of movies without Jane, but you're by far hotter when you're
We've been looking for a vehicle and didn't really find
anything, or anyone that wanted to something with the two of us,
but now we did and we've been told that if it does well we'll do
That would be fantastic!
That's why we're drumming up as much interest as we can.
It occurred to me that instead of writing something and putting
a couple of stills up, that we're filmmakers around here, I have a
son that's perfectly capable of pointing a camera at me, so I'm
thinking of doing this and talking about other things in the future
with other people because I just think it's cool. It's like I have
my own Perfectly Prudence talk show.
You should, especially considering the positive response
you had on your blog.
If the fans like it I will, and they can come up with ideas of
who they'd like me to talk to.
In the meantime, you can continue to get Joe to let his
guard down a little bit.
I know! I'm so thrilled by that.
I've never understood why he gets nervous. He's an amazing guy,
he's fun and funny. But, if I'm the one who can loosen him up, then
I'll do it.
I invited your Facebook fans to ask you a question, and
unanimously, they wanted to know what it was like to slap Joe.
Actually, Joe wanted me to slap him for real.
And did you?
Yes, I did. I mean, there's a fake slap you can do in movies,
but he actually wanted me to slap him. He's mister He-Man… I guess
he likes to be slapped. In movies anyway.
Well that answered that!
Since we made the movie in something like twelve days, we didn't
do that many takes, so everything you see was done in one or two
takes. It was done very quickly.
Genuine slap. Genuine kiss.
Was this your first time working with James, Katie and
Joe all at once?
Katie wrote and starred in Quitters, so she wrote that
for me, so she was in charge and I was just showing up. I believe
she's written a pilot now for a proper series based on
Quitters. I'm looking forward to reading it. She's a
fantastic writer, especially in comedy.
She was on Dr. Quinn once but I was not in the scene,
and she was in The Revolution, in which she plays Marie
Antoinette's daughter when I was Marie Antoinette. Sean was a
little four year old at the time, and he was in that. She was
What I might do, if the fans are interested, is find some
photographs and share them on the blog. I've got candids. I'll put
James and I have worked together consistently since we met. I'm
not in his newest film, I'm just a producer for that, which I think
is one of the best things he's ever done, but we've acted together
in a number of things. We were in Dr. Quinn together.
I did not and he did not ask to be in Prudence. That
was something that the diector decided. I asked him why James, and
he said, 'It's really hard to find actor's in his age group, who
have the kind of character to pull off playing a mogul.'
There are actors his age, but not too many that can play the
business magnate. Since James does all our business for us, I think
he knows how to play that role rather well.
He is the mogul.
He lives it.
His nickname is Mogey Bear.
When he puts his business hat on anyway, which is pretty much
After working with different family members, is it
difficult to separate yourselves when you have down time or is it a
We just rehearse with one another, and then we play it, and when
we play it, we're all in very professional mode, and the rest of
the time we're just being family. We just flip the switch
How did you like filming in Michigan again?
Grand Rapids was so beautiful! We had no idea. When we heard
that we were shooting there, we kind of went, 'Oh… is that
I arrived right after Joe and we both looked around and went,
'Oh my God, this is such a beautiful place.' And we went out for
dinner and we're walking around, and there's people fly fishing
right outside the hotel, there was live music on every street
corner, beautiful restaurants everywhere, people buzzing around. It
was just a wonderful place. The weekend before we left, they had
their art competition.
We checked that out a bit when heading to the set. It
It was fantastic. We loved it so much in fact that Joe on one
day, on our day off, wanted to go and look at real estate. I think
he just wanted to see what he could get there that he couldn't buy
I'd hear that you and the cast made a trip to Mackinaw
Island as well. That must have been very nostalgic for
That was the other really fun thing that we did while we were
there. Katie's boyfriend showed up to visit, and she'd always
wanted to go to Mackinaw island, and she said 'Mom, we're in
Michigan, why don't we just go viist Mackinaw island?'
I said, 'Because it's almost impossible to get to.'
Especially from Grand Rapids unless you have a private plane.
Then at the last minute I thought I'd splurge for a private plane
and see how much it is anyway, and the rest of the cast really
wanted to go, too since they'd never been. So I called up the hotel
and asked how do I go about doing it, and to my great surprise and
thrill, Mr. Musser of the Grand Hotel sent his plane.
There were so many of us, then sent two planes and we spent the
day at the Grand Hotel and took millions of photographs and did
everything we could possibly do in one day. We did a signing for
fans that happened to be there, and hundreds and hundreds of people
showed up. Katie and her boyfriend loved it so much that they asked
if they could come back to the 30th Anniverary, which
was the Somewhere in Time weekend that they do. And they
came there, and were all dressed up and they pretended tobe me and
We found a suit for Katie's boyfriend that was just like Chris',
and he wore the real waistcoast that Chris had given me. We found
things in my closet that fit the bill for Katie, and they had the
What can we expect form you in the coming year? What
will you be working on?
Well, I've got a lot of films in the can.
The film that we produced, Waiting for Forever, that is an
incredible movie, it's a great, great movie and I'm so proud of it.
My husband directed and his co-producer did Groundhog
It stars Tom Sturridge, who just made a movie with the girl from
Twilight, Kristen Stewart, and happens to also be best
friends with Robbie Pattison. They'd been living in the same
apartment for I don't know how long. They're old friends.
Sounds like the Twilighters will be intereted in that
Yes! And I also did a movie called Love, Wedding,
Marriage, which starred me, James Brolin, Mandy Moore, Kellan
Lutz and Jessica Star.
I just talked to Mandy Moore a little!
She's wonderful. She played my daughter, Jim Brolin played my
husband, and this is the second movie I've done with Jim Brolin.
It's going to be a great movie. It's a romantic comedy.
I also did a movie with Adam Duritz called Freeloaders.
I have another movie in the can called The Lake Effect,
which I shot straight after Prudence. It was shot in,
again another place I'd never head of, called Smith Mountain Lake
in Virginia, and it was just beautiful.
After Prudence is out I'll start posting some stuff
about that. It was just spectacular. Jeff Fahey who was in
Lost, he's in it, so it's a terrific movie, too.
How do you do it all Jane?
It's kind of hard. I'm actually going to be perfoming live in
Hollywood on Feb. 4, 5 and 6. I'm doing Ballroom With A
Twist, and I'm doing two new ballroom dances with Jonathan
There's a bunch of other people from Dancing With The
Stars of course, and American Idol, and people from So You
Think you can Dance. I will be the guest host for that
The good news is that I'm now getting back in shape.
I don't know how you find the time to do it all Jane,
but I'm glad you do.
Well, I've been covered in oil paint recently. I had some
commissions that were due for Christmas, and then Jonathan and I
have been practicing, but there's a little break now, and then of
course we have our Open Hearts Foundation and we've got our first
major event on Feb. 19. We're doing it at our home. We haven't
announced yet who will be honored, but it will be some big
We support charities and organizations that really make a
difference. That really open your hearts and have gone through
adversity and have come out helping others.
Maria Pilar Clark is a mom times two and Windy City-based writer.
See more of Pilar's stories here.
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