When Calls The Heart ended season 9 with a big engagement in its finale: stars Erin Krakow and Chris McNally spill all the details!
During Sunday’s season 9 finale of When Calls the Heart, Lucas Bouchard finally popped the question to Elizabeth Thornton in a dreamy location. Actors Krakow and McNally spilled the details on the engagement!
Krakow reflects of her character’s proposal
“I think that everyone involved in a scene like this, cast and crew, understands the importance of it. There was a lot of care put into even just making sure that that road looked romantic and autumnal, and they decorated it with some beautiful leaves, and they just wanted to imbue it with that magical, romantic feeling. So there was a lot of care that went into it, and then, just so much time. It took a really long time, partially because they wanted to make the scene as enchanting as possible. And partially because it was just the nature of working with a toddler,” she says referring to her on-screen son, little Jack, who plays a key role in Lucas’ proposal.
McNally reflects on the proposal
“I think that we were all on the same page in that regard, and I also feel like we all thought it would be great, and by all, I mean Erin and I and John [Tinker], I feel like we wanted to include little Jack in there somewhere as well. And especially since this season, Elizabeth, who’s been helping Lucas grow as a person, and realize that not everything has to be done in a grand gesture,” McNally shares. “So this was his opportunity to acknowledge that that’s resonated with him. That he’s taken the biggest moment of his life so far and made it into the most intimate kind of special, personal and private way possible.”
Before asking Elizabeth to be his wife, Lucas asks if she’ll allow him to be a father to her son. McNally shared that the order Lucas asked the questions was on purpose.
“I think John definitely put that [question] first on purpose. I think that it’s a priority that little Jack is taken care of and has a father figure. And of course, both being a husband and a father are important things. But I feel that John wanted to lay down that Lucas is very, very serious about being a role model and a father figure to Jack, so that’s why it was prioritized.”
Krakow and McNally collaborated on selecting the engagement ring
“It had to make sense as a piece of jewelry that Lucas would select for Elizabeth, and so I think we all did a nice job creating that together.” McNally agrees, explaining, “We were all on the same page. We all wanted something that was elegant and classy and kind of timeless. Something that represented things that Lucas holds dear, and something that would suit Elizabeth as well, and it came together.”
Krakow on the wedding
Krakow marvels at the idea of filming a travel episode, where Elizabeth and Lucas tie the knot in Paris – a possibility that McNally is fully on board with. However, she elaborates that she could see the characters eloping or throwing a big Hope Valley affair.
“I can see it happening either way, really, and I don’t want to get too attached to any version of it in my imagination because we’ve got some amazing writers who are going to come up with something wonderful, assuming of course we get married in a season 10,” Krakow says with a smile. “But yeah, I could see it going either way. I don’t know if it would be in Jack’s church, maybe somewhere else.”
For McNally, he admits he hasn’t given the nuptials too much thought. “I just take things one thing at a time, so if we get a [season] 10, then I’ll consider it.”
Talking about them expanding the family…
“I think that Elizabeth and Lucas are on the right track for a really beautiful love story. And they have little Jack to focus on,” Krakow explains. “Whether their family is complete, the three of them, or if it grows, there’s just an awful lot of love there between them, and yeah, I’m excited to see where it could go.”
When McNally is asked if he wants to have more kids on set, he answers, “I’ll take more Hylands on set. Hyland’s a blast.”
You can watch the full interview here!
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