Former Chicagoan Joe Lando might be most recognized for playing
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman's Byron Sully, but after
tonight's highly anticipated Perfectly Prudence premiere
on the Hallmark Channel (8 p.m. ET/PT), we'll see him channel some
chauvinistic acting chops (ahem, at first) as Jack Jameson,
Prudence McIntyre's (played by Jane Seymour) handsome producer.
The movie is a sequel to the highly rated 2008 Hallmark Channel
Original Movie, Dear Prudence.
Joe was kind enough to join me for a laid-back second interview
full of laughs (read the first interview here), to talk about being reunited with Jane
Seymour, rekindling their famous on-screen chemistry, and the
projects he has in the works.
I've been checking out these videos you've both been
posting on Jane's blog and they're great. You're so relaxed, which
is so unlike you.
Thanks! Are they working out ok?
They are. From what I've heard via fan feedback, they're
Well then I guess I have a regular, non-paying gig at Jane's
You know, Jane was talking about starting up her own
talk show. You could be her co-host.
That would be great. I know she'd love to have a talk show.
I would be more of her Jerry Lewis.
The comic relief?
Yeah… comic relief. It's funny you say that. I can make fun of
Jane sometimes, and she doesn't even take a second, she just keeps
I know! I think that's what's so funny about you two.
You have a natural, easy friendship and it shows. She just shoots
you a look and moves on.
I know. 'Shut up Joe,' she's probably thinking.
Lucky for me.
So let's talk about Dear Prudence or Perfectly Prudence
as it's now called.
Or At Home With Prudence or Prudence II, we were like… whatever
Prudence. Yes, let's speak about that.
It's like Prince. It needs a symbol at this
While I'm sure you've been asked some of these questions
before, I know that you and Jane obviously have a lot of history.
Your families know each other. Based on all of that, is it hard to
separate your friendship from your professional life when working
on a project?
We act pretty professional in my opinion, but I think it's also,
too, how can you not let your private life or your personal life
come into play to a certain degree when you're working together? I
mean, you know each other.
It's not that much different when we walk off the set, and we're
just walking around talking. It's not that crazy different, and
once we get to the set, we have a bunch of different tasks we have
I think that's kind of the feeling of it. You have a certain
amount of stuff you have to do… it would be like if you went into
the office, and you had to get out a story, and you give it to your
editor and your editor's your buddy, your friend outside of work.
But when you're at work, you're working. And that's just the way it
goes. That's the way we work together.
That's great. You always hear about actors that don't
get along on set…
We don't quarrel. But then again, I think our biggest fights are
way behind us, and that kind of ties in with Prudence and
reality. There are a lot of different layers to this story, and
some of them are very obvious and some of them aren't.
I think the ones that aren't obvious are inside jokes, or just
things for Jane and I, but for the most part, there are parts of
the story that parallel our lives because the writer watched us
interact together at Jane's house on a couple occasions, saw me
cooking in the kitchen, saw me relating to Jane and her kids, her
other family, her sister and all of us were there together.
Picture Jane's house, too, which rivals the house we shot in,
with similar views, and you saw the house we shot in in Grand
Rapids. It's like that but with a view of the ocean. Rob saw us
working together so it mimics a lot of aspects of our real life.
Art imitating life or life imitating art.
Jane hinted that you were looking at some real estate in
I look at real estate all the time, especially now in this down
market. Sometimes my eyes are bigger than my stomach, but I just
try to kind of gauge what's going on in an area, and I know how
depressed the Michigan economy was in general. In looking at Grand
Rapids, I can't help but think that it's a place that in ten years
will be great. Good schools, beautiful scenery, there's lots to do…
it has winters though.
You're a midwestern boy originally, so you should be
used to that.
So, yeah, I like to look at places, and to look at that house
and that piece of property, and know it goes for what a piece of
dirt goes in my neighborhood makes you stop and think, 'That
wouldn't be such a bad quality of life.' A smaller piece of
property paid for in Michigan, wow!
I have to confess, when I first heard you were filming
in Michigan, I immediately thought of Detroit. And nothing against
the good folks from there of course, but you know, it was a huge
surprise to see how gorgeous Grand Rapids really is.
Funny, too that now that we visited, my son has been
asking to vacation in Grand Rapids this summer.
I'm going to take my kids, too! Next summer, we're doing the
long road trip to Chicago and then up to Saugatuck and that area of
Michigan, so I might get my kids up as far as Grand Rapids and show
them the town and everything. It's so close to Chicago.
We drove up the night before and it wasn't too bad,
especially with the John Ball Park Zoo and the art show that was
Oh yeah, you have to time it for that. Otherwise, the town is
kind of empty.
It's such a vibrant place with the art
When we first got there it was Gay Pride Week, then when they
left, it was really quiet. The hotel was quiet, the town was quiet.
Then some conventions passed through, the art show started, and
then it was how you saw it, with people in the streets, food, live
music, it was really fun. But that was solely from the art
festival, and next year I think it'll be even bigger. This is only
the second year they've had it.
It got a lot of great press so we'll have to shoot for that.
Tell me about working with Jane. Obviously, it's not the
first time you've worked together. Do you feel it's easy to drum up
the old chemistry and fall into whatever roles are required of
Well, it's funny you asked that, Pilar.
You know, you think about it before you go on the set, and we'd
been rehearsing, and got a feel for how it was going to play, even
at Jane's house before we went to Michigan. And that eased us right
back into it.
Maybe Jane was more nervous about it, wondering if it would
click and work in this context and this show, with these
characters, and we really didn't' know how it would go until we
were doing it, and in my opinion, it worked out just like we used
to work together.
The chemistry is still there, and on a show like this when
you're not doing it week after week for years and years, it's more
light and fun for us, because we're not thinking we'll be here
tomorrow and we can just do it again. That can get kind of
Doing a movie like this it's like, 'Hey! If we do one of these
once in a while, it would be fun!'
It's a fun, mini reunion.
Exactly. It's our Ocean's Eleven. So if we do it again it'll be
We'll call it Prudence Twelve or Team
Yes, and we'll shoot Prudence in Vegas, it would be a heist we
get involved in.
No, but I think we're thinking amore along the lines of
I would definitely have to visit that set and tell my
editor that it's very important to immerse myself in the culture
and surroundings in order to prepare for the
That's right! The history and the tradition. All very important
to a writer. We'll work on that for you then, Pilar.
Sounds good to me. Just to be clear, I'm open to a heist
in Vegas and a shoot in Hawaii. You could do both!
It might be a booking dilemma. It would have to be some place in
Hawaii where we stay in a hut on the beach. Wouldn't that be
It would be like Lost, and you could take over some
remote area for Prudence.
So tell me what we can expect from you in
I just finished another film with William Shockley who was on
Dr. Quinn with Jane and I. William wrote, produced and
starred in this movie called Thriftstore Cowboy, and it
has the guys from Brooks & Dunn in it. It's an urban cowboy
kind of story, and I play a really not very likable redneck cop. I
shaved my head for that one.
Ooh, I was thinking mullet.
I went to a local barber and there was a boxing/martial arts gym
next door, and I saw all these guys coming out with these tough guy
hairdos, so I just told the guy to give me a haircut like that.
So he basically put the one attachment on the razor and just
shaved my head. That was a look. I came home and my wife was like,
'Oh my God.' You could see my scalp. The hair was all gone.
Have you ever done that before?
Not to that extent. The only way I could have gotten less hair
was if he'd shaved it with a straight razor. But it was kind of
liberating. It was cool. It's not an attractive look but I liked it
for the role.
When you walk around in character looking like that, and you put
on the cop sunglasses and uniform, and think of all those cops that
pulled you over...
So that is what I did with William just a few weeks ago.
Then there's another project called Spotlight I have
coming up. I just finished it when I saw you in Michigan. After
that, I'm just in line looking for more gigs. I have something I'm
trying to develop myself, but hopefully Prudence does well
and we'll have an opportunity again to speak about it, and have a
chance to work together again.
That would be great! And now that
you've had appearances on Melrose Place and The
Bay, will we see more roles like that, too?
The Bay is just a little project, an experiment some
people I know are doing, so I pitched in. But, I'm looking for
paying jobs. That one was just for fun. I like doing all that
stuff, but I would love to get back on a series on a regular basis,
but we'll see. I'm feeling positive about 2011.
I did promise your Facebook fans that I would ask you
one question from them, and they unanimously voted to know about
the scene when Jane slaps you in the movie.
It was a real slap and it was fun for her.
And for you?
At first she was hesitant. She didn't want to do it, but I said,
'You really have to let go and slap me,' and it gives you a
different reaction and so she did. It didn't hurt. Ok, well maybe
one hurt. There were a few.
Jane did call you quite the He-Man for going whole hog
Well, I wouldn't have it any other way. I have to tell you
though, there was one time when I was in a movie with Nicolette
Sheridan when I said, 'Go ahead and slap me, and she was like, 'Are
you sure?' and I said, 'Yeah! Go ahead,' and that's what she did.
And it was like, 'Oh my goodness. Is that a bell ringing?'
It got a great reaction out of me, that I couldn't have acted,
it just worked out great.
Well, no pain no gain as they say.
Jane didn't look like she was trying to take my head off and she
hit the same spot every time, so I wasn't worried I was going to
get poked in the eye or anything. Some actors are just so
uncoordinated. I've been punched in the mouth so many times by guys
where I'm like, 'Did you have to do that? You couldn't have just
Joe, as always, thank you. Wishing you and your family a
Thanks, dear. I'll see you Hawaii.
Maria Pilar Clark is a mom times two and Windy City-based writer.
See more of Pilar's stories here.
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