Interview: Lorraine Bracco talks about her new Hallmark movie “Welcome to Mama’s”
Lorraine Bracco in “Welcome to Mom”. Photo courtesy of Crown Media
Oscar nominee Lorraine Bracco (“Goodfellas”) chatted with Digital Journal’s Markos Papadatos about her upcoming Hallmark film “Welcome to Mama’s.”
“Welcome to Mama’s” will premiere on Saturday, February 26 as part of the network’s “Loveuary” programming event. Actors Melanie Scrofano, Daniel di Tomasso, and Lorraine Bracco star in this new Hallmark Original movie. “It was fun,” she admitted. “I hadn’t worked in a long time, so it was fun to be back on set and hear ‘lights, camera, action’. It was great fun.”
Allan Harmon directed “Welcome to Mama’s” from a script by William Penick. “It was a sweet script,” she said. “There are so many bad things going on in the world that it left me walking away from it all for a while.”
Synopsis of the movie
Amy (Melanie Scrofano) inherits a restaurant in Brooklyn, New York, after the unexpected death of “Mama” (Lorraine Bracco), Amy’s owner and dear friend. Amy, who is trained as a restaurant manager, teams up with a charming but slightly selfish chef named Frank (Daniel di Tomasso), who is looking for a second chance.
They hope to honor Mama by relaunching the restaurant for the community that loves her so much.
Despite Amy and Frank’s personal and professional differences, they discover that the most important ingredient in any recipe is always love.
Lorraine as ‘Mom’
Bracco was drawn to her character, Mama, for many reasons. “I loved that mom cared about everyone, she wanted community and she brought this adorable young girl into her life. She didn’t have kids so it was very emotional and touching for me. This woman was able to have this extended family for so long, they spent years together, and I loved that. It’s a beautiful thing in life to see that,” she said.
“I loved that she was caring for this young girl who lost her mother,” she said. “I love how they’ve created this lifelong relationship with its ups and downs like everyone else.”
Working with Daniel di Tomasso and Mélanie Scrofano
She had good words about her work with her co-stars Melanie Scrofano and Daniel di Tomasso. “Oh my God. I loved working with Daniel. He’s a handsome, lovely guy,” she said. “Melanie was great too. They were both great fun.
“When we shoot the movie, we don’t know how people will react to it,” she said.
The Felix organization
Bracco helps a girl scout group where all the girls are all from a shelter. She raises funds for them and donates cookies to her favorite charity, The Felix Organization, which sends foster children to camp. “I love doing this, it makes me so happy,” she said. “I love having the Girl Scouts on my side. I am honorary president of the Felix Organization, I was there from the beginning. Unfortunately, we have a lot of foster kids here in New York , too much.
“It was around Valentine’s Day, so I thought it was nice to give boxes of cookies to the kids,” she added.
The digital age
On being an actress in the digital age, Bracco said, “Things are happening and it’s good. I was just in South Carolina shooting a movie called “Boys of Summer” with a bunch of kids and Mel Gibson was in it. Again, it was so much fun being on set, I loved it. There are a bunch of kids who are well known.
Regarding the title of the current chapter of his life, Bracco said, “Glad to still be here.”
On the key to longevity in the entertainment business, she said, “Pick the right hardware and enjoy it.”
If she were to have a superpower, she revealed, “I think I would like to fly.” “Just so I can stop and go. I want to fly,” she said with a soft laugh.
Bracco defined the word success as “being able to do whatever I want to do and go where I want to go. Success is freedom for me.
For her fans and supporters, she concluded about “Welcome to Mama’s”, “I hope they have a good meal before they watch the movie. It’s all about family and food, and during the pandemic , we were able to explore family and food a lot more.