Hallmark’s Keesha Sharp Talks New Film ‘Spring Breakthrough’

Keesha Sharp, Demetrius Grosse in Spring Breakthrough
Courtesy of Hallmark

It’s by no means too late! Keesha Sharp believes find happiness at any age — which is why her new movie Spring Breakthrough felt like the proper match.

“I cherished the story as an individual wanting in. Studying the script, I cherished that it was about ladies of a sure age, irrespective of in the event you’re 30, 40, 50 and above, you recognize, there’s time. There’s time and we’re all right here for our breakthrough,” Sharp, 49, advised Us Weekly completely whereas discussing the romantic comedy. “I’m obsessive about folks attempting one thing new and they’re thriving. As a result of life isn’t over at 40 [or 50]. It’s over after we cease respiratory.”

Spring Breakthrough, which premieres Sunday, April 30, on Hallmark Films & Mysteries, follows single mom Monica Rollins (Sharp) after she loses her job and discovers her daughter, Vivian (Rhyon Nicole Brown), has gotten engaged to school sweetheart Shawn (Akono Dixon). Whereas celebrating the engagement in paradise, Monica varieties an surprising reference to Shawn’s godfather, Clark Randall (Demetrius Grosse), and he or she realizes that when one door closes, one other one opens.

“I like the thought of this lady who thought she was OK — she cherished her job and her daughter, and her daughter was doing the issues {that a} daughter ought to do — however what occurs when the rug is pulled from beneath you?” the New York native defined of what drew her to the function. “I like the concept that they wished to inform this story of discovering herself. She doesn’t know she’s going to seek out herself, however she does. She has this breakthrough.”

Sharp shared that she “knew” instantly who Monica was when she learn the script and appreciated how the character wasn’t merely “one dimensional,” however “many” issues directly. “I like that they let me discover along with her,” she added. “You see this lady of this age be all the pieces. It was about discovering the character inside me and discovering all these nuances in her.”

One other draw to becoming a member of the solid of Spring Breakthrough — which is written by Samantha Herman and directed by Mykelti Williamson — was being underneath the Hallmark Mahogany banner. The slate of films are rooted within the iconic 30-year-old Hallmark greeting card line of the identical identify and exemplify household, neighborhood, human connection, positivity and the transformational energy of affection by the distinctive lens of Black tradition.

“I like that Hallmark Mahogany is so various and everybody will get to see themselves in these completely satisfied ending tales,” Sharp, who’s each an actor and a director, advised Us, noting that she could be thrilled to leap behind the digital camera for one of many community’s movies sooner or later.

“It might be loopy for me to not direct a extremely good feel-good film,” the Deadly Weapon alum gushed. “Hallmark is displaying us that there’s love and pleasure and positivity [in life]. We’d like it. And with Hallmark together with Mahogany and variety, I feel it’s essential. And I like that they knew that, too. So everybody can take a look at a Hallmark film and see themselves. All of us deserve a cheerful ending.”

Spring Breakthrough, Keesha Sharp, Demetrius Grosse
Courtesy of Hallmark

Whereas Spring Breakthrough definitely options Monica’s journey towards romantic love — “she might possibly have discovered the love of her life,” Sharp teased — the movie additionally zeroes in on feminine friendship.

“It’s so essential to indicate [platonic love] on display screen but in addition the way you present it. I like that these ladies [are] supporting one another,” the Girlfriends alum stated of the dynamic between Monica and her onscreen BFF Denise (Laticia A. King). “There’s a time the place your finest pal has to let you know that what you might be doing shouldn’t be OK. That’s essential to have a pal who is ready to let you know, ‘It’s essential suppose otherwise.’”

Taking part in somebody folks can relate to is of the utmost significance for Sharp, who finally immerses herself absolutely into no matter character she portrays.

“Everybody can see themselves in [Monica],” she defined. “Bringing a personality to life, that’s certainly one of my favourite a part of being an actor. You get to step into one other life. You undergo it and really feel all that issues. That’s thrilling. To make a distinction to folks watching, getting them to really feel one thing — that’s thrilling too.”

Spring Breakthrough airs on Hallmark Films & Mysteries Sunday, April 30, at 7 p.m. ET.