We’re getting closer and closer to Chesapeake Shores series finale, and according to Mariesa Crouse, who plays Margaret Keller, a fun, smart and sweet lawyer who’s building a very special relationship with Connor O’Brien, Chessies should really hold on tight, ’cause the series finale is going to make you so emotional!
We at Survived The Shows had the pleasure of chatting with Mariesa Crouse about her character’s journey on Chesapeake Shores and what’s next in Season 6. Check out full interview in the video below!
What’s the main element in Margaret’s character and the show in general that fascinates you the most and drew you to join Chesapeake Shores?
MARIESA CROUSE: When I first got the audition to do the show, I watched all of Season 5 first, because I wanted to see how Margaret’s character was from her first episode all the way ’til the end of the season. But as I was watching it, I almost felt like I wasn’t even staring anymore and I was just like ‘This show is awesome’ and I felt like I was glowing inside. So it made me wanna watch from Season 1 to see how the whole show just developped. But it was full of smile and all of that. And when I did the audition, I just had my fingers crossed because it felt like it was me, it felt good.
Just like many other Hallmark productions, Chesapeake Shores is so loved by fans also because of its well shaped characters and relatable storylines. Is there something in Margaret’s character that you see in yourself? Where are you two most similar and where are you two most different?
MC: Yeah, I feel like I am Margaret and Margaret is me. I feel like we’re kind of just one because Margaret’s character is super confident. Super hard-working, very passionate and that’s how I try to live my day-to-day as just myself. So, when I first started playing Margaret, that’s what it was. But as it kept going on, it got easier and easier because it felt like me. So, we are similar in those characteristics. And the way that we’re different, I’d probably say the style because her wardrobe was the coolest and I wanted her closet to be my closet.
What’s been for you the biggest challenge in portraying Margaret?
MC: I think just playing her was so fun for me to do. So as always showing up to work like every day was my favourite day. What was hard for me was coming in to a set that was already established for five seasons full, and a character that was established for all of Season 5. I wanted to come in and do the best job that I could so that the fans still love this Margaret Keller but with a different face. […] But everyone kind of supported me through it, so ended up being okay, but that was definitely the most challenging.
Since we’re getting closer and closer to the series finale, what can fans expect from it and what can you tease about Margaret’s journey throughout the season?
MC: All I know I can say is that you guys are going to be so emotional in the best way possible. Your hearts are going to explode. I think that every hour that you’re going to continue watching for the rest of the season is going to feel like it went by in like 5 minutes. And that’s when you know it’s really good.
How was it like for you to build the relationship between Margaret and Connor with Andrew Francis on set?
MC: He’s awesome. He’s so amazing, like he supported me through every step of the way, the entire like three and a half months time that we’ve been filming. We had an immediate connection and friendship. So, I met him through my second audtion, which was a chemistry read but over Zoom, which is so hard to get to know each other. The physical presence, I mean you always need that but over Zoom it was like, it was immediate. We were just laughing, we’re getting it off, the scenes that we were doing just flown.
So then when we met in person, like I said how other characters on set I felt like I’ve known then for a while, and Andrew was definitely one of them. He’d always make me laugh on set, so there was never a dull moment with him. Having scenes with just him, it made the time fly by so quick because we had so much fun together.
The couple itself, I felt like we were sparkling each scene, the writing was so strong. [From Margaret and Connor’s relationship, fans can expect] still a lot of love. I think Connor and Margaret just adore each other, but there’s also two different people at the same time trying to navigate life apart. So, all that you can expect is just two people trying to work things out and see how they can also come together.
If you had the chance to play any other character on Chesapeake Shores, apart from Margaret, which character would you have loved to play and why?
MC: I’ve actually thought about this multiple times and I would absolutely choose to play Jess O’Brien. Because, first off, Laci is amazing and what she brings to that character is just hilarious, she’s just so full of life and fun and I laugh at every facial expression she does. But also, I’d pick that character because the air-b&B location is just absolutely beautiful. Like when I was there filming something, I was just – I wanted to stay there as long as I could. So, anyway, if I could I’d pick that because showing up to work everyday would feel like, you just feel beautiful. Or I’d pick Mandrake because he’s hilarious.
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