Two young prominent television actors are currently in town shooting a film for the Lifetime Movie Network, titled “A Mother’s Nightmare.” Jessica Lowndes, (pronounced Lounds) who plays Adrianna on the CW’s revised 90210, and Grant Gustin, who appears as Sebastian Smythe on Fox’s Glee, are the main stars of the film.
Gustin, who was born in Virginia and studied music at Elon University in North Carolina, had never set foot in Canada before this Kelowna visit. “This is my first time in Canada,” he admits. “I’m lovin’ it! I think this is a good first taste of Canada.”
When not filming, the film’s main actors are staying at The Cove in West Kelowna. “It’s really nice there,” Gustin says. “When I’m not filming I’m pretty much being pretty lazy at The Cove.”
Lowndes, originally from Vancouver, is also enjoying her time in the Okanagan. “I’m loving it here,” she says. “Kelowna was a go-to spot for family vacations growing up. I just love being back in BC… it’s so much fun.”
As fun as being in the Okanagan can be, the primary reason for being here is to work, and the cast and crew have been rocking a very busy schedule since filming began. “We’ve been working 6-day weeks, working through weekends… we have one day off a week. It’s been a hectic schedule but it’s been fun,” Lowndes says.
And Gustin agrees. “The crew has been pretty awesome as well. We had a month to do about 200 scenes, so it’s been a crazy month,” he says.
The main house in the film will be “played” by a home near Quail's Gate Winery, while Mount Boucherie Secondary School will also be a key set location.
A Mother's Nightmare is directed by multiple Emmy and Genie-nominated Vic Sarin, and is written by Shelly Gillen. It is scheduled to debut on the Lifetime network in December of this year.
Castanet’s Kelly Hayes paid a visit to the set, and interviewed the film’s main stars.