Have you visited the picturesque New Zealand town of Kingsvale? Before you start racking your brains, the place doesn’t actually exist.
Yet it is the framework of A thread of love, a romantic television comedy starring New Zealand actors Anna Hutchison and Simon Arblaster as Sophie and Samuel.
Other castmates include Olivia Tennet (800 words), Annie Whittle (The fastest Indian in the world) and some pretty cute lambs.
Shot around Auckland, and just outside of town, A thread of love is a Canada-New Zealand co-production with a feel-good factor.
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* Anna Hutchison gives birth to a baby girl, Joanie Pearl
“Sophie comes to New Zealand with a legacy for her grandmother’s knitting store,” says Hutchison (Go Girls), who now lives in Los Angeles with her American husband and granddaughter, Joanie.
“She absolutely falls in love with the place and like so many Americans I know in real life, it’s kind of like ‘Woah, this place is magic.’
“So she falls in love with the city, the people and what she does. And then, sort of, she gets the rug pulled from under her feet by one of the suppliers saying, “We’re not going to produce your best-selling yarn anymore.”
“So it’s kind of like a problem for her. So she has to find the best way to solve this problem. And during that time, she also finds love, which is wonderful.
The trailer features an idyllic New Zealand with lush green fields, coastal areas, and friendly locals.
“We filmed from Matakana to Clevedon,” Hutchison explains. “Some were filmed in Kumeu and others in the Howick region around certain farms. All of us Kiwis have been able to discover beautiful places that we may not have visited or been in for quite some time.
A thread of love also delves into the art of knitting, which Hutchison experienced firsthand.
She remembers her mother teaching her to knit when she was six and says she can still knit, but downplays her skills.
“But I’m not amazing,” she said. “I could make you a million scarves or a million little square blankets.” But it’s like the extent of it.
“My mother has been making all types of knitting for my daughter since she was born.”
Hutchison’s daughter Joanie babbles in the background as the actor talks to Things from his Los Angeles home.
She talks about how much she enjoys interacting with her toddler.
“I feel like you can only really chat with your partner or your mom or someone really close to you because you don’t want to bother anyone else,” Hutchison explains.
“That’s all I would talk about all day – just her and how much I love her and what she does.” She can do the craziest things and I think that’s so smart.
Hutchison is probably best known in New Zealand for her role as Amy in the comedy-drama. Go girls.
His work abroad includes a horror film The cabin in the woods, which also features Thorby Chris Hemsworth and Grey’s anatomy actor Jesse Williams. She had a recurring guest role on the Charlie Sheen sitcom Anger management and a few years ago Hutchison appeared in the Australian sketch show Kinne tonight.
Her television career began as a teenager, the Shortland Street play Delphi Greenlaw.
She is grateful for what the soap has taught her.
“I think for learning the script, speed and professionalism, this is the place to go,” she says.
“There are so many times that it comes back over and over again in your career – those things that you learn about Shorty.
“They help you so much. Whether it’s the ability to learn a ton of scripts in no time or just flexibility, the schedule is constantly changing.
“And also, there is some fantastic New Zealand talent to come. Shorty.
“I was working on a Lucy Lawless TV show a few weeks ago. She was like, ‘Oh I saw that person on Shortland Street‘and I was like,’ No way. You look Shorty? ‘
“And she said to me ‘Yeah, there was this person who really stood out’, so I was like ‘This is amazing’.
“There is really good talent out there right now. “
A Love Yarn, TVNZ 1, screening Sunday June 6 at 8:30 p.m.