Paolo Bernardini and Autumn Reeser in ‘The Wedding Veil Unveiled.’ Photo courtesy of Crown Media
Actor Paolo Bernardini chatted with Digital Journal’s Markos Papadatos about his role in “The Wedding Veil Unveiled” on Hallmark Channel.
This new original film premiered Saturday, February 12 on Hallmark, as part of the network’s “Loveuary” programming event.
On being part of this movie, he said, “It was amazing. It was a big surprise. I received the script a week before. The technical team was amazing in Bulgaria. When I met Autumn Reeser on the first day, we had instant chemistry.
Bernardini stars alongside Autumn Reeser, as well as Alison Sweeney and Lacey Chabert, who both make appearances in this film. “Autumn was very easy to work with and talk to her, she was amazing and natural. Autumn is a very generous actress, and it was great to work with the director, Terry Ingram as well,” he said. .
“The Wedding Veil Unveiled” is the second installment in an enchanting new trilogy about three college friends who share a 19th-century wedding veil that’s supposed to bring true love to whoever owns it. The film was shot in Bulgaria and Italy.
Synopsis of “The Bridal Veil Unveiled”
A few months after Avery’s (Lacey Chabert) wedding, Chicago-based teacher Emma (Autumn Reeser) travels to Italy to teach American art history. While there, she uses her free time to research the provenance of the veil, which leads her to the colorful island town of Burano, famous for its exquisite handcrafted lace.
On her way to the island, she meets a handsome man (Paolo Bernardini) who offers to help her but Emma, who has not finished experiencing the end of a long-distance relationship, refuses.
Emma’s search leads to the oldest shop on the island, where the owner meets
with exuberance to the veil. She doesn’t understand Italian but luckily the man she met earlier shows up and can translate. She learns that his name is Paolo and that his grandmother is the owner of the store. He explains that the veil shares a special bond with his family, who thought it was destroyed.
Paolo and Emma decide to work together to unravel the century-old mystery of how the long-lost veil made its way from Italy to a store in San Francisco, California. As they spend time together and Paolo helps Emma let go and embrace the beauty of Italy, they begin to fall in love.
As Emma prepares to return to Chicago, she’s not sure she can handle another long-distance relationship, but the Veil and her legend might have other plans.
Bernardini is attracted to his character, Paolo, for several reasons. “It was very strange to play a character who has the same name as me, but I was happy because everyone on set wouldn’t miss my name,” he said with a soft laugh. “Most of the time you have different names of your characters. As a person, myself, I’m romantic and I like being romantic because I feel like people lose that a bit.
On the title of the current chapter of his life, Bernardini said: “Happiness”.
For young and aspiring actors, he said, “Study, study, study a lot. Be really patient because nowadays everything goes very fast. People want to get to their destination quickly and they have no patience.
“They have to persevere and they have to love the job because it’s not easy,” he said. “I decided to become an actor at 19 and I studied a lot. So tap into your influences and listen to others and take what you need and customize it for yourself”
The digital age
As an actor in the digital age, Bernardini said, “Before, in the days of analogue, there was only film and television. Now you have a chance to see movies with a low budget, which they can put on streaming services. There are more opportunities for filmmakers to make films and release their content on streaming services.
“When there’s a lot of content out there, sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s not so good, it depends. You have a lot of choices,” he added.
“I love analog,” he admitted. “Now, with streaming, you can access movies from around the world that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to watch.”
Regarding his definition of success, he said, “Success, for me, is accomplishing what I wanted to achieve since I was little, and that was doing what I love to do for a living.”
For his fans, Bernardini concluded of “The Wedding Veil Unveiled,” “Sometimes you don’t pay attention to the little detail and that little detail can change your life. In our case, it was the wedding veil, and it led to love and romance. So try your luck.
Read more: “The Wedding Veil Unveiled” received a favorable review from Digital Journal.