Ricky Schroder directs his daughter in new Hallmark TV movie [Exclusive video]

Dave Nemetz
Jack Thomas (Ricky Schroder) reunites with her estranged daughter Willow Johnson (Cambrie Schroder), a young and sophisticated girl from Malibu who discovers herself falling in love with the rugged outdoors and a wild mustang named Bravo.

Three decades ago, Ricky Schroder was a child star on TV's "Silver Spoons." Today, he's back on the small screen... and he's bringing his family with him this time.

Schroder wrote, directed, and stars in "Our Wild Hearts," a family drama set to debut next month on Hallmark Movie Channel. And he already knows his lead actress pretty well: Ricky's 16-year-old daughter, Cambrie Schroder, makes her acting debut as Willow, a headstrong teen who moves from Malibu to a dusty horse ranch in the mountains to live with her father Jack (played by Ricky).

In the exclusive behind-the-scenes clip above, Ricky talks about stepping into the role of director: "I love being on set, because I've basically grown up on a set. And now I love to contribute as a director and help steer the ship, if you will." Plus, Cambrie credits her dad with helping her develop the role of Willow: "I'm learning how to get emotions out... I'm learning a lot from him."

The family connections don't stop with Cambrie. Ricky co-wrote the film with his wife of 22 years, Andrea, and she appears in the film along with their three other children: sons Holden, 21, and Luke, 19, and daughter Faith, 11. The non-Schroder supporting cast includes "Karate Kid" villain Martin Kove (Kreese!) as a rival horse wrangler and Chris Massaglia as a local farmhand who takes an interest in young Willow. Better watch out, Chris; her dad's keeping an eye on you.  

"Our Wild Hearts" premieres Saturday, 3/9 at 8 PM on Hallmark Movie Channel.