Premieres Saturday, January 28 at 9 PM ET/PT on Hallmark Channel
The newest original film in the revered Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise, “Love Locks,” starring Rebecca Romijn (“The Librarians,” “Skin Wars”) and Jerry O’Connell (“Scream Queens,” “Mistresses”) is set to premiere exclusively on Hallmark Channel, Saturday, January 28 (9 p.m. ET/PT) as part of the network’s highly-rated COUNTDOWN TO VALENTINE’S programming event. Crown Media Productions shot "Love Locks" on location in Paris, France, and Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
In “Love Locks,” Lindsay Phillips (Romijn) and her teenaged daughter Alexa travel to Paris so the girl can enroll in art school with the same teacher Lindsay had as a young woman. Lindsay is a gifted painter, however, after a broken promise with a boyfriend, she ends up back in New York, not as an artist, but as the editor of an art magazine. Lindsay cannot imagine that her journey to Paris with her daughter will result in an unplanned encounter with her former boyfriend, Jack Burrows (O’Connell), a hotelier, or that the pair will reignite their passionate love affair.
“ 'Love Locks' is a film about love that won't let go no matter how much time has passed, and it will be a great addition to the revered Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise," said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming and Publicity, Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
The custom of attaching padlocks onto famous bridges began around 2008 and is traced to Italian author Frederico Moccia's novel, I Want You, which features couples writing their names on padlocks and attaching those to Rome’s Milvian bridge and then throwing the key into the river as a sign of eternal love. While the phenomenon originated in Italy, the Pont Des Arts bridge in Paris became the defacto worldwide landmark for millions of lovers yearning to display eternal love. Here where the bridge connects the Left Bank and the Right Bank over the river Seine, couples have placed multiple millions of pounds of love locks, enough to cause damage to the structure which dates back to the time of Napoleon. The City of Paris, while reclaiming the integrity of its bridges, has gone to great lengths not to destroy the locks, but to repurpose them into one-of-kind metal sculptures along the passerelles and river.