Set Life: The Trouble With Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis


Last September I got the chance to visit the set of PassionFlix‘s original movie The Trouble With Mistletoe . If you are unaware of PassionFlix it’s a subscription streaming service (think Netflix or Hulu) that has exclusively romance movies. Along with older movies they are also making their own content exclusively for the PassionFlix site. All of their original movies are adaptations of romance novels.

Back in the fall they were filming their third original movie, The Trouble With Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis (that was released in December). Because I am a PassionFlix Founding Member I was given the opportunity to have a walk on role. I was contacted two days before and told to expect a email the night before I was going to be on set telling me where and when to show up.

Our call time was for 9am at the Ports O’ Call Restaurant in San Pedro (about a forty-five minute drive from my apartment). When I arrived right before 9am they were already filming. I found the other PassionFlix Founding Members and we hung out in the restaurants ballroom which served as production hq.

We sat around with nothing to do for a some time while they were filming scenes that took place inside the main character’s, Willa, pet shop, Bay Side Bark. When they finally did need us we served as background, walking back and forth to make it seem like they were on a busy San Fransisco street. It was a lot of fun, if extremely repetitive.

At one point the PassionFlix founders, Joany, Tosca and Jina showed up and it was so great getting the opportunity to talk to them.

One of the great things about the movie was that the main character, Willa Davis, owned her own pet shop so there were a ton of animals, from bunnies to dogs to cats, on set. (I was even allowed to hold one of the bunnies). While the cast and crew broke for lunch I took the opportunity to check out the interior of Bay Side Bark.

Towards the end of the shooting day (around 8pm) we got to meet the two main leads, Rachel Melvin and Thomas Beaudoin. Because I brought my copy of The Trouble with Mistletoe I was able to get both Rachel and Melvin to sign.


Director Ashley Avis and Rachel Melvin (Willa Davis)


PassionFlix founders Joany Kane, Tosca Musk and Jina Panebianco


Rachel Melvin (Willa), Jordan Birkland (Elle), Alexandra Weaver (Rory)


Frankie (Petunia aka PITA)


Rachel and Thomas filming


playing around in Bay Side Bark during a break in filming


The interior of Bay Side Bark


Thomas Beaudion (Keane Winters)

If you are wondering if I made it into the movie…



While on set I filmed a fun VLOG of my visit.

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Caitlin Leahy Interview

If your a Sylvia Day fan like I am you too are anxiously awaiting the release of Afterburn/Aftershock on PassionFlix. In anticipation of Afterburn/Aftershock coming to PassionFlix this Friday (November 3) I wanted to share my interview with Caitlin Leahy (Gia).

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How did you get into acting? I like to say I was born acting. There wasn’t a single
moment that I decided to become an actor. Doing something else never crossed my mind. As the middle of five children I had typical “Middle Child Syndrome”. I was always full of energy and putting on some sort of show for my family. My mother put me in acting classes around the age of twelve. I performed in school plays in grade school and high school, which ultimately led me to study theater in college.

Along with acting you also model. Leahy_CaitlinHow did you get into that? I moved to Los Angeles shortly after theater school, and fell into modeling. It’s a fun way to earn a living, and it’s allowed me to travel to beautiful places. I’mfortunate to have the opportunity to model, but my passion lies with acting.

You play Gia in the PassionFlix adaptation of Sylvia Day’s Afterburn/Aftershock. How did you get involved? I first got the audition for Afterburn/Aftershock when I was out of town on a modeling job. I put the audition on tape in my hotel room and then had a couple follow up auditions with our director, Tosca Musk.


Did you read Afterburn/Aftershock before filming? Yes, I read Afterburn/Aftershock once I officially booked the role of Gia.

What was your favorite part of filming Afterburn/Aftershock? The fans. Before we even started filming, there

FullSizeRender 44was so much excitement from the fans for this film. It gave us a lot of energy on set, and we knew we couldn’t let them down.

What is your favorite scene from Afterburn/Aftershock? Tyler and I had a lot of laughs while filming all of our scenes, but I particularly loved filming with the Rossi brothers. They added a lot of humor to the family dynamic, and made our long days a breeze.

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If you could play any role in a book to film adaptation who would you choose? Nothing comes to mind because I tend to read books after it has already been adapted into a film. I’m on the hunt for a good book. Suggestions are welcome.


What is your favorite social media app (Facebook, Instagram, etc)? I prefer Snapchat, because the filters are so fun.
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What do you do when you’re not working? If I’m not on set, I’m usually working on auditions. Being a working actor is a privilege. I enjoy what I do so much that it doesn’t feel like work. I’m happiest when I’m on set or surrounded by my family.

What other projects (beside Afterburn/Aftershock) do you have coming out or are currently working on? I recently wrapped on another film called Samson that we shot in South Africa. It will be in theaters sometime in 2018.

If you were a Bravo Housewife what would your tagline be? Ooooh I steer clear of the housewives shows. I think someone else will have to come up with a tagline for me.

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Heels or Flats? Booties or mules. I like a little height, but can’t commit to a full heel.
City or Country? City….Definitely.
Cat or Dog? Dog
Makeup or Natural? Natural, but on occasion a little winged liner and a red lip doesn’t hurt.


Be Sure To Follow Caitlin on Social Media:

Instagram: @ciatlinleahy

Twitter: @thecaitlinleahy

Snapchat: @caitlinleahy

and be sure to watch Afterburn/Aftershock this Friday on PassionFlix