Interview with Heartland Stars: Amber Marshall and Graham Wardle

Heartland Stars Amber Marshall and Graham Wardle Talk Show's Success, Filming with Animals, and More

Amber Marshall and Graham Wardle: Reflecting on Heartland

In an interview with Brief Take, Amber Marshall and Graham Wardle, stars of CBC's long-running drama "Heartland," discussed the show's enduring appeal and their special connection.

Heartland's Longstanding Success:

Both actors attribute the show's longevity to several factors. They highlight the presence of animals and children, who bring a unique freshness and spontaneity to each scene. Additionally, the breathtaking Alberta landscape plays a significant role, offering viewers a glimpse into the beauty of Canada and providing a sense of escape.

Global Appeal:

Marshall emphasizes that "Heartland" resonates with viewers worldwide, not just Canadians. The show offers a window into different Canadian regions and cultures, which Wardle finds commendable. They share how fans from around the globe have been inspired to visit Canada after experiencing its beauty through the show.

Working with Animals:

Marshall, an experienced horsewoman who lives on a ranch, expresses her deep respect for the animal handlers and wranglers who ensure the safety and well-being of the animals on set. She acknowledges the challenges and rewards of working with animals, praising their ability to deliver exactly what's needed in a scene.

Show's Evolution:

Wardle acknowledges the show's development from focusing on their characters' initial traumas to exploring the next generation's stories and the cycle of healing that continues within the family. Marshall commends the writers for keeping the storylines relevant and relatable to audiences of all ages.

Finding Groundedness:

Both actors find solace and perspective in nature and their connection with animals. Marshall enjoys spending time with her horses and other animals, while Wardle emphasizes the importance of maintaining a grateful mindset and appreciating the beauty around him.

Building a Bond:

While they were strangers initially, Marshall and Wardle have developed a deep respect and trust for each other over the years. They acknowledge each other's growth and express gratitude for their supportive working relationship, which translates to an authentic on-screen dynamic.

A Cast Like Family:

Marshall emphasizes the genuine care and connection shared among the cast, which she believes contributes to the show's success. She shares how viewers often comment on feeling like they are part of the Heartland family, highlighting the show's ability to create a sense of warmth and connection.


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  1. Alanna says:

    I absolutely love Heartland and I think it’s the best show on television. I have cried, laughed and fell in love with all the characters. It’s honest true family values! I wish I could crawl into the tv into Heartland and be a character in that world. Every episode is full of family, love and laughter. Y’all are so talented and I would love to meet the characters one day. I’m a fan for life and will continue to watch this over and over. Thank you for making an absolutely beautiful show! I hate Ty is no longer on there and he will be missed! Graham is truly talented and I hope his life is full of love and happiness.

  2. Wendy Hawkes says:

    I love Heartland there are so many things that happen to Amber and Graham that I can remember in my relationship. Yes the scenery is fabulous and I will be there in June to witness it.

  3. Helen V. Amirault says:

    I came across Heartland 5 or 6 years ago! I have watched the shows series mat least 5 times1 through 16 many times and still think it is the very best thing on t.v. The writers and actors are all great! The love story between Ty and Amy is so very special! Talk about special, gramps Jack takes care of his whole family plus many that he takes into his home to help them!I know in real life we all have to deal with death but it was just to sad when Ty died!

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