Mix Up in the Mediterranean

Jessica Lowndes talks Mix Up In The Mediterranean, music & food

by W. Andrew Powell

If you’re looking for a virtual getaway this weekend, pull out your favourite sun wear and get ready for Jessica Lowndes’ new Hallmark movie, Mix Up In The Mediterranean.

The new romantic comedy–set in the sunny locale of Malta–is on W Network in Canada tonight, and on the Hallmark Channel in the U.S., and also stars Jeremy Jordan in a dual role as a small-town cook impersonating his twin brother during a high-stakes culinary contest.

Lowndes plays Meg, one of the competition organizers who starts falling for the chef, but doesn’t realize he’s playing the part of his gay brother.

Best known as Adrianna on The CW’s 90210, and a singer and songwriter, Lowndes has starred in a number of films and TV shows, plus Hallmark Channel original films Merry Matrimony, A December Bride, Christmas at Pemberley Manor, and Yes, I Do.

Sitting down with me to chat about the film, Lowndes said that she was “blown away” by Jordan and his two roles in the film. “That just added to all the playfulness of the whole movie, and it was really fun.”

Set amidst the stunning locations in Malta, and the sun-draped vistas, Lowndes has been telling her friends to watch and make it a little fake sun holiday.

“Put on your favourite Mediterranean outfit–even though it’s snowing out and it’s cold–and have your favourite Mediterranean snack… and tune in. And just go on this little vacation in your living room. It’s so fun.”

Lowndes was also really impressed with the film’s message.

“It’s all about really harnessing your ambition and following your dreams and your goals and doing things your own way. It’s about acceptance, I think, in so many different ways, and it’s not even just about acceptance from other people, but also self-acceptance, which I think is more important.”

There was also a whole scene where Lowndes had to eat the most delicious burger, and like her character, she’s a big fan of burgers. “They had to keep replacing the burger on my plate. I just love food,” she said.

The cherry on top of the whole story is that Lowndes convinced Jordan to record his first single with her to celebrate the film. Listen to “Alive” on Spotify, or find it on Apple Music and iTunes.

Watch the video interview with Jessica Lowndes below, and tune in to Mix Up in the Mediterranean on W Network, February 20th at 9 PM (ET/PT). The movie is also available on demand via StackTV.

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