Since Courtney died just after Spencer was born on GENERAL HOSPITAL, Alicia Leigh Willis never got to play mom to her troublemaking son on the soap. But fans can watch her playing another mother, this time to a very troubled little girl in the new movie, Mommy’s Little Princess, premiering Sunday, March 17, at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime! “Lifetime is notorious for bringing the drama,” Willis teased to Soaps In Depth. “We all know that. It’s definitely a good movie for soap fans.”
In the film, Willis plays Julianna, who welcomes adopted daughter Lizzy into her family that already consists of her husband, Greg, and his daughter, Allie. Hoping to give the little girl a look into her family tree, Julianna buys her an online genetics test, but when the results indicate Lizzy is descended from German royalty, the kid becomes obsessed with claiming her “crown.” “She’s on the journey of learning how to be a mother,” the actress said of her beleaguered character. “She’s not only got her adopted daughter, but her stepdaughter, and it’s just really interesting to watch. Because I think she’s doing the best she can with a really difficult situation… to say the least!”
Willis laughed as she admitted that her real-life daughter wouldn’t get away with half of what Lizzy gets away with in the movie! “I can’t really give anything away,” she confided, “but when she realizes that Lizzy is behind some of the really bad things that are going on, I think that’s when it all kind of clicks and she realizes that she’s got some… real problems. Real problems!”
The GH alum also had nothing but praise for her young co-star. “Sarah Abbott is by far the most professional person I’ve ever worked with,” Willis declared. “And she’s a kid! It’s amazing. She showed up, she knew her stuff, she grasped the emotions that went with it and gave stellar performances. And at the end of the day, no matter how long a day it had been, no matter how exhausted she was, she wanted to meet at the little diner at our hotel and run lines to make sure that she was ready for the next day. And there were times when I had to remind her, I’m like, ‘You need to get out and go play! Just unwind a little bit!’”
You can check out a preview for Mommy’s Little Princess at this link, and join Willis on Sunday night to watch the premiere. That’s right — she hasn’t seen it yet, either! “I’m so excited to see it,” she exclaimed, “because just being a part of it was so much fun to shoot. I can’t wait to see how it turns out. I’m gonna see it with everyone else!”
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