‘Groundswell’ on Hallmark: How Lacey Chabert wanted to make a 'career as a waitress’

‘Groundswell’ on Hallmark: How Lacey Chabert wanted to make a 'career as a waitress’
Lacey Chabert will play Ella in Hallmark's novel to film adaptation (Lacey Chabert and Ektor Rivera in a still from 'Groundswell' official poster/IMDb)

Hallmark is loved by global audiences for its diverse palette of intriguing and powerful movies. The channel is bringing to screens a novel to movie adaptation with ‘Groundswell’ - a romantic dramedy film. The film has been adapted from author Katie Lee Biegel’s 2011 debut novel of the same name. Biegel serves as executive producer on the project and will make a cameo appearance. The film stars Lacey Chabert in the leading role of Emma. The film has been helmed by Lee Friedlander. The screenplay of the film has been written by John-Eliot Jordan and Carlie Mantilla. The film is a part of ‘Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.’

The official movie synopsis reads, “It tells the story of Emma. She is a chef who travels to Hawaii and meets a surf instructor whose lessons help her to regain her footing after being on the heels of a personal and professional setback.”

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Who is Lacey Chabert?

The 39-year-old actress gained fame and recognition as a child actress on television for her exemplary performance as Claudia Salinger in the Fox television drama ‘Party of Five’, which aired between 1994 and 2000. She has also appeared in films like ‘Lost in Space,’ ‘Not Another Teen Movie,’ ‘Daddy Day Care,’ ‘Dirty Deeds’ and so on. But it was her performance as Gretchen Weiners in cult iconic teen comedy ‘Mean Girls’ (2004) that brought her recognition. Currently, she’s all set to appear in the leading role of Emma in the highly talked about romantic dramedy ‘Groundswell’ that premieres soon on Hallmark.


What was Lacey Chabert’s first ever appearance ?

She started her acting career in childhood itself by playing the role of Erica Kane’s daughter in The Online Network (TOLN) drama series ‘All My Children’. Not many people might know this but Chabert has also provided voice-over to the character of Eliza Thornberry in the Nickelodeon animated series ‘The Wild Thornberrys’ which aired between 1998 and 2004 alongside two feature films namely ‘The Wild Thornberrys Movie’ and ‘Rugrats Go Wild.’ She was also the voice of Meg Griffin’s character during the first season of the highly popular animated sitcom ‘Family Guy’; she also voiced superhero Zatanna Zatara in several parts of DC Comics-related media.

Lacey’s initial career choice was being a ‘waitress’

While many actresses wait tables during the initial days of their career, this was not the case for Lacey. In an interview with Seventeen Magazine dated May 2009, the young star had expressed how it had been her desire and ambition to wait tables during the formative years of her life even before acting came into the picture.

She had said, “When I was growing up I always wanted to be a waitress. My sister opened a restaurant in Mississippi, and I went down there and was a waitress for a few days. Let me tell you, I got it out of my system.”

What are Lacey Chabert’s social media handles?

Lacey has a presence on both Instagram and Twitter. Her instagram handle is @thereallacey. Her twitter handle is @iamlaceychabert.


The official teaser-trailer of the film is out now. You can also watch it here.


Besides Lacey Chabert, the film also stars Ektor Rivera, Darren Darnborough, Napoleon Tavele, Omar Bustamante amomg others. The movie ‘Groundswell’ premieres globally on August 22 at 9 pm ET on Hallmark.

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