So much love! The cast of Virgin River is used to drama on camera, but off screen the actors have a close bond — and lots of fun filming their Netflix show.
Fans were introduced to midwife and nurse practitioner Melinda “Mel” Monroe (Alexandra Breckenridge) in 2019 when she relocated to the small town of Virgin River, California, to give her life a refresh.
Throughout seasons 1 to 4, Mel discovers that the sleepy town she thought he was moving to is actually full of twists and turns. At the heart of the drama is her relationship with local bar owner Jack Sheridan (Martin Henderson).
While the twosome got engaged during season 4 of the show, which premiered in July 2022, their relationship has been anything but smooth. Mel’s pregnancy and the question of who the father is has been somewhat of a sore spot for the couple.
Season 5 of the show, which began filming in summer 2022, will hopefully put all the baby drama to rest as the duo prepare to become parents. (Mel previously thought that her late husband, Mark — played by Daniel Gillies — could be the father.)
As fans await the next chapter of the drama series, they can take a look back at the cast’s best moments behind-the-scenes. In fact, many of the show’s stars, including Henderson and Breckenridge often post pictures from set dating back to season 1.
The cast’s bond has become more apparat as the seasons have continued and Ben Hollingsworth, who plays Dan Brady, couldn’t help but gush over his Virgin River “family” in July 2022.
“That sense of community is what I think makes this show so great. It really does feel like the small town where everyone has each other’s back,” the Under the Olive Tree actor told Cosmopolitan U.K. ahead of filming season 5. “We’re like that when we get on set. When we shot season 4, we were in the middle of still the thick of the pandemic. We weren’t able to actually hang out on set as much as we’d like. We’re so tight that even the pandemic couldn’t keep us apart.”
Jenny Cooper, who plays Joey Barnes, agreed with her castmate but noted that the actors don’t always see each other a ton once they leave the Canadian shooting location.
“We hang out there. The days are so long that you really do get to know each other,” she told the outlet. “Then when the day is over we kind of have to get back to our lives.”
Colin Lawrence, for his part, revealed that some of the sweetest moments on set involve dance breaks.
“When you work with Alex, she always likes to have a dance party,” Lawrence, who plays John “Preacher” Middleton, said of Breckenridge. “Between takes … you’ll hear this music turn up and you’ll turn around and you’ll see Alex breaking out into a little dance. We love having a good time dancing.”
Scroll down to see some of the Virgin River cast’s coolest behind-the-scenes moments over the years:
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Clearing the air. Melissa Gorga addressed speculation that she’s leaving The Real Housewives of New Jersey amid her tense relationship with sister-in-law Teresa Giudice.
After she and her husband, Joe Gorga, discussed their decision to skip the 50-year-old Celebrity Apprentice alum’s wedding to Luis Ruelas, the 43-year-old Bravo personality took to her Instagram Story to dispel the rumors. “People are taking pieces from my podcast and assuming I’m leaving the show,” Melissa wrote on Thursday, August 11. “This is how rumors get started. I never said I was leaving the show. I was just clarifying how we felt after a difficult weekend. We have no plans on leaving. #RHONJ.”
Giudice and Ruelas exchanged vows on Saturday, August 6. While the rest of the RHONJ cast was on hand to witness the pair tie the knot — including Dolores Catania, Jennifer Aydin and more — the Gorgas didn’t attend.
“We have a laundry list right of reasons in our heads [of] why and I will let all my listeners know this — obviously, there was something that went down at the finale of filming The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” Melissa began on Thursday’s episode of her “On Display” podcast. “Those exact details, I obviously cannot say today. Anything that we have filmed is something that I am not able to talk about.”
The designer told listeners that the “full, entire story” has not yet been aired out, but she pointed out that there are some details emerging that are “obviously not coming from my camp.” She went on to confess that there has been some “crazy” family drama brewing.
“Yes, there was a little aggression from certain people that could have been a little scary,” the singer continued. “There definitely were moments. There was plenty of reasons for Joe and I to say it would be very strange — including everyone in that room, by the way — to look at Joe and I to say like, ‘Yes, it would be very strange for you guys to just be sitting in the pews tomorrow, like, wishing them well on their wedding day.’ It would be strange.”
Joe, 42, added that he tends to “disagree” with people who blame all the tension on the family’s involvement in RHONJ. “I know we’re on a reality show, but if you’re pure and you’re honest and you go in with open arms, why do you have to fight? Why are we fighting? Why is this going on? Is there a jealousy thing going on? Not with us. We’re not jealous,” he asserted.
The real estate developer said skipping his sister’s nuptials “was one of the hardest days of my life,” alleging much of the drama stems from what went down at the season 12 reunion.
“This is what she really wanted. She didn’t want you in the wedding. She didn’t want any of my children in the wedding. She barely wanted me,” he claimed. “I was asked after all this information went out to be in a wedding. And that’s what saddens me. … When I left that reunion, I looked at you in a car and I was like, ‘Wow, she hates us. I’ve never seen her like this.’ … And Melissa immediately texted her and said, ‘Listen, we’re all good. Let’s move forward.’ She never responded.”
As Housewives fans speculated about the couple’s absence from Giudice’s big day, a source exclusively told Us Weekly that it was “a last-minute decision” to skip the wedding “after a blowout fight” with the bride. “Melissa was blindsided by the ‘rumor’ that was revealed,” the insider added. “That’s when things escalated and got out of control.”
While the Standing Strong author has yet to publicly address the alleged feud, her husband shut down reports that the newlyweds asked Melissa and Joe to pay for bailing on the wedding. “We would never in a million years ask for money from Joe and Melissa – we are not petty. Joe and Melissa were missed,” Ruelas commented on an Instagram post earlier this week.
The explanation for that initial distribution trajectory might be as simple as the fact that the film was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, who has a long legacy of blockbusters. But everything else about the movie has a teen vibe and feels scaled toward a more modest venue and expectations.
The story easily boils down to a quick description that reflects the generic nature of the exercise: Teenage Charlie (Walker Scobell, recently featured in another so-so streaming sci-fi/comedy, “The Adam Project”) is irritated by his absentee dad (Owen Wilson), who has split from his mom and never seems to be around.
When dad takes off for “work” while Charlie’s visiting, the kid and a trio of his friends discover dad’s secret lair, the haven for a superhero known as the Guard, who regularly saves the world using an Iron Man-like suit that consists of alien technology.
The quartet first revels in playing with their new and very high-tech toys, before their snooping alerts a villain (Michael Peña, deserving better) who is after the Guard’s gadgetry to their location, setting off an extended skirmish over acquiring it. Almost all of that unfolds within the headquarters, giving the entire movie a claustrophobic feel, while the various teen crushes — including Charlie’s toward Maya (“The Baby-Sitter’s Club’s” Momona Tamada) — play out along the way.
Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (“Project Power”), who share script credit with Christopher Yost and Josh Koenigsberg, “Secret Headquarters” possesses obvious parallels to Marvel’s recent teen-superhero series “Ms. Marvel.” That said, the concept borrows liberally from the genre, including elements of “Jumanji” (the remake, not the original) and “Shazam!”
Granted, nobody has a monopoly on the durable fantasy of kids getting to save the world, but that template has been used often enough to warrant trying to at least bend the mold, even in a PG-rated live-action package, if not necessarily reinvent it.
Some of the elements in “Secret Headquarters” are mildly pleasant, but the film seems too content to color completely within the lines. The resulting picture might be enough of a diversion for younger kids, but even they won’t be missing much if what’s in the movie stays secret.
“Secret Headquarters” premieres Aug. 12 on Paramount+. It’s rated PG.