Talking to Heartland stars Amber Marshall and Graham Wardle can make you hungry.
“It’s like a home-cooked meal as opposed to a fast-food fix,” says Wardle (pictured above left) when asked to explain the longevity of Heartland. The series begins its seventh season Sunday, Oct. 6 on CBC.
“It’s a very simple formula,” Wardle says. “There aren’t a lot of shows that are focusing on family, or the horse culture for that matter, and those are two areas of life that work so well together.
“What the characters are going through is relevant. It’s not just pretty things to look at. There are some nutrients in that home-cooked meal.”
Heartland is a multi-generational drama, set and shot in Alberta ranch country, that stars Marshall as Amy Fleming and Wardle as Ty Borden. While Amy and Ty will grow closer in season seven, they also will face some serious questions about their future.
In the seventh-season premiere, Amy works to heal a traumatized horse from the Saudi equestrian team who was injured on a turbulent flight to Calgary.
“There’s a character for everyone, there’s a story for everyone and there are life lessons for everyone,” says Marshall (pictured above centre). “You can watch it with your children and it will bring to light issues that might be going on in their lives, or in your lives, and it opens up that opportunity to talk about things.
“CBC says this, but really, we’re a show that brings your family closer. You can have dinner together and then watch a show that has something for everyone in the family, whether it’s an 85-year-old grandmother or a three-year-old toddler, and everyone in the middle.”
What was that, Amber, something about a grandma and a kid? You had me at “dinner.”
More talk about food. For the body and the soul. Maybe that’s the Heartland way.