Remember When Families Were Rooted in Faith? Watch New Easter Film ‘Just in Time’ Starring Broadway’s Laura Osnes

Laura Osnes, Just in Time, Great American Family
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Great American Family continues to develop feel-good films with messages of faith, family and hope as a backdrop. Their new Easter original, Just in Time, premiering Tuesday, March 26 at 8pmET (and re-airing Friday, March 29 at 6pmET) sees Broadway’s Laura Osnes in the lead role.

Osnes, who many remember from winning NBC’s title role as Sandy in the 2006 reality TV competition series Grease: You’re the One That I Want, is a two-time Tony award nominee for her roles in Cinderella and Bonnie & Clyde. Off Broadway she’s made recent TV appearances on FX’s Fosse/Verdon and Elementary, as well as major TV performances for A Capitol Fourth and The Kennedy Center Jolly Holiday honoring Dick Van Dyke, among others. You can follow her socials @lauraosnes

In Just in Time Osnes stars as Hannah, a woman struggling to conceive a baby with her husband Rowan (Greyston Holt), whose relationship is strained under the pressure. When the couple starts questioning if having a child is the right thing to do and if they are indeed still right for one another, Hannah receives a call from a stranger who has a special message for them. Osnes shares a bit more on her roots and the film.

Could you start by speaking to the film’s theme and share what really resonated with you on the message of this film?

Laura Osnes: There are so many themes of redemption and restoration in this movie. We see different relationships being healed through forgiveness, surrendering control, intentional communication, and ultimately finding a firm foundation of faith. I resonated with the way my character, Hannah, has to go through her most difficult season to truly realize her need for something greater.

The film is being marketed as an Easter original, how does faith and God play into your character’s life?

When Hannah and her husband, Rowan, hit a near-breaking point in their marriage, Hannah is forced to reexamine her priorities and her intrinsic need for control. Along the way, she meets an eclectic cast of characters who share their stories, experiences, and testimonies, which begin to soften her heart. By the end, she learns that surrendering and trusting God’s perfect timing may be the only way toward hope and restoration.

Being a multi-Tony Award nominee and singer, will we hear any music from you in this original? 

I do not get to sing in this movie, though there is a beautifully powerful, original worship song featured in the film, written and performed by Luke Stones and Megan Mondigo. I do have two original songs I’m releasing independently later this spring and summer though!

What was Candice Cameron Bure’s role in the film and how did the two of you interact?

I cannot say enough wonderful things about Candace, our kind and courageous executive producer. She was always very present and approachable, handling work details with wisdom and ease, while also making herself so available for more personal connections behind the scenes and beyond. She carried such joy, professionalism, and expertise to set, which made me feel welcome and confident, and her humble way of empowering this cast and crew, brought out the best in everyone. After being acquaintances from afar the past few years, I was so honored Candace trusted and invited me to lead this movie, and I hope we get to do many many more together.

Growing up just outside of St. Paul, Minnesota, how has your midwestern roots shaped your life in terms of what is important to you? 

I definitely grew up hearing all about the “Minnesota-nice” mentality. My midwestern roots certainly helped shape my values, but even more so, I grew up in a family rooted in faith. My family wasn’t perfect, but they instilled in me at a young age the importance of living with a love for Jesus and people — a value that has guided my life since through every season, from Minnesota, New York City and now Tennessee.

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