Richard Harmon Says Rom-Com ‘Sport, Set, Love’ Was a ‘Marriage of Every part I Love in Life’

Richard Harmon Says Rom-Com ‘Sport, Set, Love’ Was a ‘Marriage of Every part I Love in Life’
Richard Harmon Says Rom-Com ‘Sport, Set, Love’ Was a ‘Marriage of Every part I Love in Life’

With Richard Harmon’s new Hallmark film, he strikes into the world of romantic comedies for the primary time and steps right into a world he cherished (and would’ve been in if he didn’t turn out to be an actor).

Alongside Davida Williams, Harmon stars in Sport, Set, Love, premiering on Saturday, August 27, as a hotheaded tennis participant who wants assist along with his fame and profession. Enter Williams’ Taylor, who retired from the game and is now educating youngsters on the native membership. The 2, in fact, conflict, and find yourself as doubles companions for a match after Will’s companion (Jennifer Khoe’s Ashley) is sidelined by an damage. Tennis champion Venus Williams serves as government producer, whereas former No. 1 ranked professional tennis participant Tracy Austin serves as a sideline commentator within the film taking part in herself.

Right here, Harmon talks getting into the world of rom-coms and sports activities in Sport, Set, Love.

What appealed to you about this film?

Richard Harmon: It’s my first-ever romantic comedy, so this was recent territory for me as an actor. I’ve all the time needed to do a rom-com and I’ve all the time needed to do a sports activities film, so it was a phenomenal cross-section that I really like. I’m secretly a really large fan of romantic comedies in my day-to-day life, and I really like sports activities, grew up loving sports activities. It was what I needed to do as a baby however I wasn’t actually blessed with the physique to professionally make sports activities occur, so I went with performing. It was a pleasant little marriage of every little thing I really like in life. It was very, very enjoyable.

How are your tennis abilities?

[Laughs] They improved all through the taking pictures of the movie, however there’s nonetheless most likely room for me to get higher. I’m actually not on my boss’ stage so far as Venus Williams is anxious.

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Hotheaded antics apart, how’s Will’s profession going after we meet him?

His profession has form of taken a little bit of a success. He hasn’t been successful an excessive amount of, and I feel an enormous a part of that’s he’s misplaced the explanations and the love for the sport that he all the time had and he’s feeling the stress as these losses pile up in his life and form of the sensation of being unwelcome on this world that he helped create for himself.

And the way about his private life? Extra wins or losses?

I’m assuming there’s extra losses there in his private life as effectively. His greatest good friend is his agent, so I feel that ought to most likely let you know every little thing you must find out about him — not that an agent can’t be your greatest good friend, there’s nothing mistaken with that, however that’s his solely good friend. He doesn’t actually have loads of prospects in his love life or his private friendship life and he hasn’t spoken to his household in a really very long time, so every little thing’s form of falling aside for Will after we meet him.

Speak about Will and Taylor’s dynamic. How does assembly her change him?

It’s an enormous a part of altering him. Will and Taylor are related in some ways, however they’re so totally different in some methods. Will simply likes to run headstrong into issues and he’s used to taking these possibilities in life. He’s guess on himself continually. And for Taylor to be the one to take issues a bit slower, have to consider issues, perhaps to the overthinking a part of all of it, which is why they work so effectively collectively: He’s prepared to run right into a brick wall just about and she or he’s the one telling him perhaps there’s a door via that brick wall we are able to take into consideration. I feel they’re superb for one another in that manner. They complement one another.

Richard Harmon, Davida Williams in Game, Set, Love

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How does that translate to their dynamic as doubles on the court docket?

It interprets very effectively as a result of she will get him to relax — as everyone knows, Will generally is a little bit of a hothead — when he must be calmed down and simply play the sport the best way it’s imagined to be performed and generally she, I feel, wants William to amp her up a bit bit and never get in her head about sure issues and simply play with ardour and aggression when the temper requires it within the sport of tennis.

What is going to make viewers fall in love with their relationship?

I hope there’s many issues that make them fall in love with our relationship. I’m hoping that they’ll fall in love with the 2 characters and their dynamic the identical manner that I did, which was they’re truly each good individuals, however in very other ways. And I hope they fall in love with the chemistry that Davida and I’ve as a result of we actually clicked and simply turned actually quick buddies and hopefully that onscreen can translate to one thing greater than friendship. However I actually loved the chemistry of working with Davida. She’s simply such a expertise. So I actually hope they fall in love with each of us the best way that we did with our characters.

I really feel like one of many largest surprises of whenever you appeared in The 100 was that folks did begin to actually care about Murphy at occasions. And now you’re once more taking part in this dangerous boy character, albeit one that folks can begin to root for lots sooner. Speak about taking part in that a part of Will.

Once I bought the decision in regards to the function, I used to be like, effectively, that is smart. I can try this. [Laughs] As a result of I by no means thought I’d get a name for romantic comedy, however then once I learn it and I cherished it a lot and I simply actually appreciated that it is a sturdy swimsuit of mine, taking part in that form of dangerous boy character, however I get to do it in a manner that I’ve by no means gotten to do it earlier than. And I used to be actually, actually grateful for that chance.

Richard Harmon, Davida Williams in Game, Set, Love

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You talked about Will’s relationship along with his mother and father isn’t the best, and I really feel like that’s the place we see a extra weak facet of him.

Yeah. And I feel that’s additionally why a part of him is form of that baby nonetheless on the within. He hasn’t absolutely grown up as a result of he’s been by himself for therefore lengthy and has deserted all the non-public life that he grew up with — he simply form of left it behind him as a result of he didn’t really feel like they permitted to him and whether or not or not that’s true, individuals should watch the film and discover out. However I feel that’s such an enormous a part of, what’s going on inside him, what makes him hotheaded, and all that stuff. It’s this must show one thing to everyone, that he’s ok, that he’s that individual that may accomplish all these items. And I do assume that’s what makes him weak as effectively is as a result of it’s a flaw within him, however it’s additionally a flaw that makes him lovely in my very own view of him.

And also you had Venus Williams as an government producer and Tracy Austin as a sideline commentator. How did that allow you to when it got here to the tennis components of the film?

Nicely, it made me very nervous to do the tennis components of the film, that’s for certain. [Laughs] I didn’t need to let both of them down. We have been fortunate sufficient to have Tracy on set with us. She was undoubtedly taking us via some pointers — I’ve to say I’ll communicate for Davida and I each — and once I say it was invaluable, it was fairly implausible when you’ve a former world primary providing you with suggestions in one thing that Davida and I have been nonetheless studying at that time and making an attempt to make look skilled. So I feel that was like I stated a useful form of state of affairs for us and really nerve-wracking.

And your sister, Jessica Harmon, directed you on this. Speak about working collectively. How did it differ from when she directed The 100?

So totally different. To begin with, I’ll say it was simply an absolute pleasure working with my sister. And yeah, we did get to work collectively together with her as a director on an episode of The 100, however that was within the last season of seven seasons. In order that at that time, that’s my character actually. I’ve probably the most say over that character, as a result of I’ve performed him for seven years. So at that time, she simply has to do her directing job and form of permit the actors to do what they assume is true for the characters as a result of we’ve been doing it for therefore lengthy. Whereas on this movie, I feel it was undoubtedly extra so a collaboration of character between my sister and I, which was fairly cool. It’s a reasonably uncommon, uncommon event, I feel, on this enterprise, for brother and sister to get the chance to try this.

What have been your favourite scenes to movie?

I favored doing the photoshoot scene the place it’s simply my character being very uncomfortable doing a photoshoot. That was enjoyable for me. And I actually loved doing the scenes out within the lake home the place it’s Davida and I lastly bonding.

Such as you stated, that is your first rom-com normally, however you probably did do a Storage Sale Mysteries for Hallmark. Would you reasonably do one other rom-com or thriller film for Hallmark subsequent?

I feel I wish to most likely do at the very least another rom-com in my life, so if Hallmark could be glad sufficient to have me again, I feel I might like to do one other one.

A Christmas one or no?

I may do Christmas as a result of I really like Christmas, or perhaps they may do like a Halloween spooky rom-com. That will be proper up my alley.

Sport, Set, Love, Film Premiere, Saturday, August 27, 8/7c, Hallmark Channel