On May 6, 2019, residents and associates at Life Care Center of Auburn, Massachusetts, were starstruck and full of excitement.
Lifetime, a TV network that produces its own films, used Life Care Center of Auburn to help film its newest Christmas movie, “A Sweet Romance.”
The actual filming took place across the street from the facility at an ice cream parlor, but Life Care Center of Auburn was used for meetings, wardrobe and makeup.
“Robbie’s Place is an ice cream business across from us, and they were filming a portion of the movie there,” said Carrie Cross, admissions director. “Their location is small, so the owner came over with the film’s director and asked if they could use a room in our facility for wardrobe. We let the movie’s producers use the conference room, and the actors and actresses used rooms for wardrobe and makeup.”
The film crew did not cause any disruptions, but Life Care associates and residents were still excited to see actors wearing winter coats in May and producers discussing their newest project. One associate was particularly excited when she was asked to be an extra in the film and walk across the street in a scene.
Overall, Life Care Center of Auburn was glad to help with the movie, and Lifetime associates appreciated the four days they spent at the facility.
“I want to thank you very much for the use of your beautiful rehab center,” said Jennifer Chisolm, executive assistant for the film. “We appreciated all your hospitality during our week of filming in Auburn. We enjoyed meeting everyone and are grateful for the opportunity we had to use your terrific facilities.”
Lifetime also expressed their appreciation with a donation to the resident’s activity fund, an invitation to a local premier of the movie and the inclusion of Life Care in the movie’s credits.
The movie, which is expected to come out this December, stars Katie Leclerc and Ryan Cooper.
Leclerc is best known for her lead role in “Switched at Birth,” in which she plays Daphne Vasquez, a deaf teenager who was given to the wrong family after birth. She has also appeared on TV shows like, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Community,” and “The Big Bang Theory.”
Cooper has been in movies and TV shows with the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon and Victoria Justice. He is well known for his role in “Day 5,” in which he plays an Australian pilot in a post-apocalyptic world.
Associates and residents loved having movie and TV stars in their facility, but now that the filming is over, life has returned to normal. However, Life Care Center of Auburn is proof that everyday life can still be extraordinary.
“Well, we may not be in the movie business,” said Beecher Hunter, president of Life Care Centers of America, “but we have our own staff of stars at Auburn that leaves me starstruck.”