He may have recently embarked on an exciting new career as a news anchor, but daytime alum Kyle Lowder still has one more acting performance on the way: He will star as Scott Marshall in the romantic drama Heart For The Holidays, debuting on streaming service BET+ starting Thursday, Nov. 2!
The film stars Erica Peeples as a hardworking businesswoman named Rachel who travels to the small town of Cheverly for a life-saving heart transplant. While recovering, Rachel befriends Amy, who also received an organ from the same donor, and unexpectedly falls in love with her new friend’s brother, Scott. But when it comes time for Rachel to leave Cheverly and return to her real life, an inexplicable force keeps her bound to the town and she discovers a deep affection for the charming community.
In addition to starring in the movie, Peeples co-wrote, produced, and cast the film! “This moment was one of the biggest accomplishments in my career thus far,” she wrote on Instagram in late April, captioning a carousel of photos from the movie’s wrap party that included Lowder, her leading man.
Lowder, whom soap fans know best for his roles as Brady Black and Rex Brady on DAYS OF OUR LIVES and Rick Forrester on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, revealed in a recent interview why he was inspired to make such a huge move from acting to presenting the morning news for CBS affiliate KTVN in Reno, Nevada. The career change came about after Isabella, his daughter with ex Ari Zucker (Nicole, DAYS), wanted to live with her mother and her fiancé, Shawn Christian (ex-Daniel, DAYS), at their Lake Tahoe home full-time. “Immediately, the wheels started to turn in my head about, ‘Okay, she’s got five years left before she graduates high school and then becomes an adult and decides what she wants to do,’” he explained to Soap Opera Digest. “‘I don’t want to spend those five years driving up or flying in as much as I can and being a visitor in her life.’”
Based on the timing of Peeples’ post, production on Heart For The Holidays concluded just a few weeks before Lowder inked a contract in May with Reno’s CBS affiliate to be the station’s new morning news anchor
Heart For The Holidays kicks off a slate of 12 new seasonal films and specials for BET’s streaming platform, with a new title dropping every Thursday.