Hallmark 'Color My World with Love': How Lily D Moore crushes Down Syndrome with art, pets and passion
Hallmark's 'Color My World with Love' is as much a romantic movie as a moving drama about Down Syndrome. The movie comes with a promising cast, with Lily D Moore playing the role of Kendall, a 22-year-old with Down Syndrome who falls in love, much to the chagrin of her protective mother.
Hallmark's official synopsis for the movie reads: "Kendall is a talented artist with Down syndrome who creates beautiful paintings in the Impressionist style that reflect the reality of her subjects as she sees them. Thanks to the support of her mother, Emma, and grandmother, Bev, Kendall is happy and thriving. Her life takes an exciting turn when she meets Brad in a cooking class at the local center for diverse learners and romance blooms. Emma has spent the last 22 years trying to protect her daughter and has reservations about Kendall and Brad’s new relationship, especially when it quickly moves in a serious direction. Not wanting Kendall to experience heartbreak, Emma tries to slow things down. With the help of Nic, a longtime family friend of Brad’s, Emma slowly accepts that Kendall is ready to – and should – live her own life. In the process, Emma learns a lesson from Kendall about how to look beyond what’s in front of her and see the beauty that exists. And, just maybe, she finds herself ready to find love once again."
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Who is Lily D Moore?
Lily is an eighteen-year-old actress, model, and advocate for people with disabilities. Lily enjoys cooking, swimming, singing, cheering, and playing the ukulele, as well as traveling across the world, particularly in Asia and Europe. She is involved in her church as well as her youth group. She also likes playing with Charlie, her dog, and Lester and Hazel, her cats.
Lily was born with Down Syndrome, but it hasn't stopped her from achieving her goals. She has appeared in a number of films, TV shows, and national commercials. Lily has posed for photographers on both the east and west coasts of the US.
In an interview with Cliche Teen Journal, Lily discussed her Down Syndrome and how it has affected her life. "The most difficult thing is getting rejected. I don’t get invited to parties, to people’s houses, or ask to do things outside of school. Also, get rejected in acting. I really want to be on Disney!"
The role that made Lily a fan favorite
She soared to popularity after starring in Netflix's 'Never Have I Ever,' where she played Rebecca, Paxton's outspoken, tell-it-like-it-is adopted sister, quickly becoming a fan favorite. Lily was cast as Rebecca when her agent recommended her for the part. For the audition, Lily memorized her lines and had it filmed by her mother. She was hired after the agency forwarded it to the casting director. She later traveled to Los Angeles three times to film.
Lily was also seen in NBC's 'Dangerous Minds,' Freeform's 'Single Drunk Female,' Warner Bros. TV's 'Teenage Euthanasia,' TV Land's 'Teachers,' FOX's 'Gifted' and 'Sleepy Hollow,' and PBS' 'Hope Givers,' which is nominated for a regional Emmy. She has a long list of additional credits, including the feature films 'Holy Irresistible' and 'Lift,' as well as the television movie 'Pastors' Kids.' Moore also narrated Heather Avis' children's book 'Different, A Great Thing to Be!' as an audiobook.
Lily is also a sought-after model who has worked with photographers on both coasts, including Thomas Dodd and Elizaveta Porodina. She has also walked in Kornit's LA Fashion Week shows and was a member of the Radical Beauty Project, a creative group made up entirely of models with Down syndrome. She has appeared in national commercials and print campaigns for companies including TJ Maxx, Prudential, Procter & Gamble, Lulus, and Goodwill. Her most recent national ad for Summersalt, a female-owned swimwear company, was just unveiled.
Moore is eager to utilize her platform to fight for individuals from all walks of life, believing that everyone is unique, beautiful, and brave. She is presently a Special Olympics Champion Ambassador and is also associated with the organization Breaking Barriers and Extra Special. She also founded the "H.E.L.P. - Helping Everyone with Love and Passion" project for the homeless. H.E.L.P. provides homeless people with food and necessities in bags. Lily was selected into the ClemsonLIFE programme at Clemson University to enhance her independence. Moore will always model and act, and her ultimate long-term aim is to win an Oscar.
Catch Lily D Moore on Hallmark 'Color My World with Love' that premieres on Sunday, June 12, 9/8c on HMM.