This Sunday, ABC will air Hallmark Hall of Fame's Remember Sunday, a new TV movie starring Zachary Levi and Alexis Bledel. But you should be warned that save for the title (and an inherent wholesomeness), Remember Sunday is not your average Hallmark movie.
Written by Oscar-winning Rain Man screenwriter Barry Morrow, Remember Sunday feels totally contemporary as it chronicles the blossoming and wilting relationship between free-spirit Molly and Gus, a handsome jeweler with a big secret: an accident rendered him incapable of forming new memories. So Gus is forced to rely on some frustratingly unreliable means to keep Molly fresh in his mind. ETonline caught up with Alexis and Zachary at last night's premiere for a quick round of Five Questions!
ETonline: Alexis, what attracted you to this character?
Alexis Bledel: I really cared about what happened to the characters, and that's rare with any script. I instantly felt a connection to Molly and was invested in her outcome, so that was good. I thought she would be a fun character to play for a period of time. Some characters are ... less fun.
ETonline: Zachary, how important is it to like the character you're playing?
Zachary Levi: I think for a series, it's incredibly important. For a film, less so. I'm looking forward to playing some really despicable characters at some point in my career so I can branch out and stretch those acting muscles. But I wouldn't want to do that on a regular basis. It would be hard on a show -- and those hours are tough enough already. Alexis and I would sit on set and commiserate about working on Gilmore Girls and Chuck. The schedules we have are an intense battle that you fight alongside the cast and crew. So if you had to play some schmuck day in and day out in the minds of America ... it would be terrible.
ETonline: How challenging was this character for you Zach?
Levi: He's still a pretty normal guy, it's just that he forgets every morning, so in some ways it made the job easier because I didn't have to worry about continuity [laughs]. But then in other ways, it was tougher because I had to think about the moments where he keeps meeting Molly for the first time -- again and again and again. What does his face look like each time he falls in love with her? That was a fun puzzle to put together.
ETonline: Speaking of TV, Alexis you're potentially returning with a new series this fall, co-starring Jason Ritter, who played Lauren Graham's Parenthood love interest. What was your reaction to that?
Bledel: [laughs] How funny is that? We're just trying to keep it all in the family. But it was amazing to work with Jason, he's the best.
ETonline: Zach, a lot of people are now talking about a Chuck movie given the success of the Veronica Mars Kickstarter. Are you looking into that, or is it just something the fans are talking about?
Levi: Honestly, I really believe in the new model of content and development and production and distribution and marketing. I think the power is shifting and artists can control their own destinies now. I think a Chuck movie would be a fun way to go into that since we already have an existing fanbase that loves the show. A lot of them are really into the idea, but I'm not rushing it. There are a few reasons why we can't rush the movie -- for example, internationally, the show hasn't run its course yet. Japan is only on season three or four right now, so if we were to make a movie and send it out to the world right now, some people would be like, "We haven't even seen the finale yet!" So I think we should wait until its run its course globally, but of course I think it would be fun. I'd love to do one.
Hallmark Hall of Fame's Remember Sunday airs April 21 at 9 p.m. on ABC.