The Unexpected Lesson I Learned from Filming 'Once I Was a Beehive'


Once I Was a Beehive opened this past weekend, and I am obsessed with it. It has taken over my life, in a good way, and as audiences go to see it, I am excited for them to see it in a Christmas Eve excitement way. Every time I talk or text about the movie, I want to add a million exclamation points (which makes the former English teacher in me cringe)! I can’t help it. I’m excited!

For the last two weeks, I have reunited with fellow producers and cast to promote the movie. As we get together and relive moments and talk about the making of the movie in different news outlets, I find that I have a deep love and respect for each player. It’s almost as I played the part of “Carrie Carrington,” Young Women president in the film, I wasn’t able to quite shake her. It’s almost like I feel I’m still these young women’s leader. For real. I know this sounds like some sort of intense method acting for which actors get a weird reputation, but I like to think it’s a byproduct of really liking who you work with.


I’ve had acting jobs where it was a paycheck. I’ve had acting jobs where I liked who I worked with, but it didn’t click like I wanted it to. And then I’ve had a rare acting job or two like this one where the work and play were so blurred that it doesn’t make much sense to distinguish between the two. And it’s nice to relive an experience like that.

As a Mormon, it makes me think about the different roles I’ve played in the Church with my callings. I’ve had callings that were difficult to get excited about. I’ve had callings where I worked hard, and I felt like it was hard. And then I’ve had callings where I knew that I was at the right time, in the right place, serving with the right people. And I’ve never forgotten those callings. Ironically, I was once a Beehive advisor in a small ward in Newton Abbot, England. I still keep track of those Beehives, now grown women, thanks to Facebook and mutual friends. I still think about them and love them, and as this movie opens, I think about them a lot.

I think good art makes you feel something and offers you a perspective you hadn’t considered before. I think our movie Once I Was a Beehive does both. I don’t expect my fellow cast members to come to me for spiritual wisdom or insight or life advice, but if they do, I’m totally ready!  More than that, for me, personally, making this movie has, among other things, made me love more and appreciate the role that fulfilling callings plays in others’ lives. And so it has changed my life for the better. It’s easy to promote a movie that does that.

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