Andrew Walker calls Nikki DeLoach a “witch” in an interview.

Nikki DeLoach, Andrew Walker


Nikki DeLoach and Andrew Walker Star in Hallmark’s Curious Caterer: Grilling Season

Andrew Walker believes his Hallmark colleague and longtime friend Nikki DeLoach has special powers. So much so that he dubbed his co-star a “witch” during a new interview while promoting her latest movie, Curious Caterer: Grilling Season, which premieres on February 5, 2023. Walker revealed that DeLoach was given a vision of her secret films before they became a reality, which is part of an intuitive gift the actress, writer, and producer said she pays close attention to and acknowledges her blossoming career at Hallmark.

Nikki DeLoach says she intuitively knew she belonged with Hallmark

Luke Macfarlane, Nikki Deloach

MarkLuke Macfarlane and Nikki Deloach in their first Hallmark film, Christmas Land

DeLoach told US magazine Last week, in late 2019 or early 2020, she began brainstorming an idea for the Curious Caterer movies after feeling inspired to create a mysterious “wheel” for her and Walker. He pointed out that once DeLoach has a vision for a new project, it’s bound to happen.

“Your visions are coming true,” Walker said, then jokingly added, “Nikki Deloach is a witch. She is a witch living among us.”

DeLoach did not disagree with Walker’s assessment. Visions of projects, partnerships and film scenes come to her intuitively and she knows to pursue them, she said.

“When it falls into me, it’s almost like something is being channeled and I have sort of a flash of an image of something — or I’m going to dream a scene or something coming to me,” DeLoach told the magazine. “And that was something that came to me and I was like, ‘I think you and I need to do a mystery wheel together. I don’t know exactly what it is yet, but I’ve seen it. I saw how we did it.’”

DeLoach previously attributed her successful career at Hallmark to trusting her intuition. In an appearance in December 2022 on The Jesus Calling Podcast., she recalled the gut feeling she had after her first Hallmark film, which her grandma encouraged her to do. Christmas Land, starring Luke Macfarlane, aired just before Christmas 2015 while she was visiting family in her hometown of Blackshear, Georgia.

“And let me tell you, the reaction after that night when that movie aired, the reaction I got from the people of my hometown, I had never had a reaction like that,” she recalled. “The joy and the happiness and the warmth and the love and the hope just flowed out of them. And I was like, ‘Whoa. Something happens in these films that makes people feel a certain way. And I want to help make people feel that way.’”

However, DeLoach was deeply committed to not only continuing to serve the network, but also contributing to the development and writing of the stories it tells. So she did an internship at a friend’s production company, she said on the podcast, and was promoted to a creative leadership position, where she learned more about producing and fell in love with it. DeLoach said she then got a meeting with Hallmark executives and that they loved the ideas they came up with.

“We pushed the development forward. They kept hiring me,” she shared. “And you know what? It’s great that I had that instinct and followed that. It’s so divine, like really listening to yourself.”

She continued, “It’s like that part of you that says, ‘Wake up and take care. I’m whispering the direction you should go.’”

Andrew Walker says working with Nikki DeLoach ‘doesn’t feel like work’

Andrew Walker, Nikki DeLoach

MarkAndrew Walker and Nikki DeLoach in Curious Caterer: Grilling Season

Curious Caterer: Grilling Season is DeLoach and Walker’s sixth film together. The duo appeared in four rom-coms together before appearing in 2022’s Curious Caterer: Dying for Chocolate, in which Walker played detective Tom Schultz and Deloach played amateur detective Goldy Berry.

during one joint Facebook live session On February 3, DeLoach said the film was one of Hallmark’s top 5 non-Christmas movies of 2022, which convinced the network to let her make another. They reprise their roles in the second episode, which they believe contains a lot of action scenes as they search for a local realtor’s killer.

“The only reason we’re coming back and doing this is because you all tuned in to see the first one,” she said. “So, from both of our hearts … thank you for the love, for the support, for tuning in.”

Walker said he’s particularly fortunate because no other Hallmark star has worked with DeLoach as often.

“Hallmark is so lucky to have her,” he said. “And then I get this opportunity to work with Nikki the most, which is just such a great place. She challenges me. She is there for me and supports me. It is great. We have the same work ethic. It is a beautiful thing that we have put together.”

And during her Facebook Live, he said, “It doesn’t feel like work when I work with you. It’s just always so much fun.”

The feeling is mutual, DeLoach told Us Weekly.

“I really love Andrew Walker as much as family,” DeLoach said. “The fact that we’re doing this and working together and making these films is so cool.”

Curious Caterer: Grilling Season premieres February 5, 2023 on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries at 7:00 p.m. Eastern / 6:00 p.m. Central. Andrew Walker calls Nikki DeLoach a “witch” in an interview.

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