When Calls The Heart Analysis

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If you are a zealous fan of “When Calls the Heart,” you may have seen the hashtag #HickamsHearties and marveled about the man who plays this docile but stalwart character. Seriously, I didn’t even fully notice Hickam until this season. It was with great joy that I discovered the dashing man who breathes life into this small but integral character--Ben Rosenbaum. He has been incredibly supportive of my work this season, and I was so honored when he took some time from his busy schedule to answer some questions about his work with WCTH and provide some insight into the particularly intriguing man he has played for three seasons.

What inspired you to become an actor?

When I was 6 years old, my parents took me to see a play in Minnesota that
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So when Hickam came around, I auditioned for the role, and he quickly became a character I loved for his helpful and earnest nature. I saw potential for comedy in the man the writers created, and they kept giving me more of those fun lines/scenes to play with!

How is Hickam like you? How is he different?

Hickam is a great guy--he’s honest, loyal, kind, and helpful—he’s the kind of guy who wouldn’t hurt a fly but would never run from danger. His only flaw is that he is at times too generous with his time and too selfless in his pursuits. I can’t say enough good things about him. In conclusion we are exactly the same person...okay so obviously that’s not the whole story…

What’s great about WCTH is that in Hope Valley people can be the best versions of themselves if they choose to be. So I think Hickam is the kind of man I would aspire to be in a less complicated world—hopefully while being just a bit more assertive.

What is the atmosphere like on the
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I think the question is can Hallmark, and can you the Hallmark fans, see me as a lead in a Hallmark film?! I, of course, would love to dive into a romantic lead!

What is the best part of working for Hallmark? And what do you think of the Hearties?

I think the Hearties are a force to be reckoned with, and a major part of what makes this show such a rewarding experience. They really help to bridge the gap between live theatre and TV by giving us their energy and reactions and support when we air each episode! And the fact that Hallmark listens to its fans and consistently delivers such high quality family-friendly content for them exemplifies what is special about Hallmark Channel. It feels like a family at Hallmark.

And I’d like to give a special shoutout to #HickamsHearties for being perhaps the most dedicated of all the Hearties—only matched by Brownie supporters as the biggest fans of the smallest

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