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Will exposed at last…

July 24, 2009

Well, I’ve finally come down to Earth – almost – after our two-week trip to Canada to see the filming of 12 Men of Christmas – the TV movie version of my debut novel, Decent Exposure. My daughter and husband (who will kill me for saying that the director asked me if he’d inspired Will!) came with me. In fact, it was they (who know me better than I’ll ever know myself) who persuaded me to cancel our trip to Greece at the last minute to jet off to Canada. I am so glad they did as we’ve all had the time of our lives.

I’m going to post some pictures and a report of our day on the set – and of the awe-inspiring Canadian Rockies – over the next few days but first, I’ll tell you who Will is.

By delaying telling you about Will, I haven’t been teasing anyone deliberately (would I?) as it wasn’t posted anywhere on the Internet and I only found out myself a couple of weeks ago. But I’ve been reassured that it’s now okay to reveal that Will is being played by the rugged, brooding and jaw-droppingly handsome US actor…

Josh Hopkins

Josh has been in (among other TV shows and movies) The Perfect Storm, Ally McBeal, Brothers and Sisters, Swingtown, Private Practice and Cougartown.

This may sound strange, but a fictional hero – especially a debut hero – is always dear to a romance novelist’s heart. I think I have been amazingly fortunate as Josh is so close to how I imagine Will, it’s uncanny. As an ‘American’ Will, I’d say he’s perfect. It’s as if the production team read my mind.

Just watch this YouTube clip from Private Practice and you’ll see exactly what I mean. 🙂

We met him, the fabulous Kristin Chenoweth and nine of the 12 men on the set – and everyone, including the producer, director and crew – was incredibly warm and welcoming, especially since we must have got under their feet more than once!

I’ll be posting more pictures over the next few days – I’m also going to start a special web page for the movie.

Thank you for following the blog and indulging me – and for all the messages. You can see more pictures on my Facebook page too.

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  1. liz Says:


    What a fab experience to boot. And in one of my fav parts of the world. Lived in Calgary for almost 2 years and ds2 was born in the Rockyview Hospital. The helped to keep your mind off the pain 🙂

    Can’t wait for more details – it’s just so exciting!!!

  2. Liz Hanbury Says:

    P, I’m so pleased for you! Well done to your OH and daughter for persuading you to jet off to Canada and visit the set. Thrill of a lifetime! Josh will be a fabulous Will *thud*

  3. Nell Dixon Says:

    How exciting! I think he’s a fabulous Will!

  4. Rosy Thornton Says:

    I’m so glad you had a great time – and so jealous! ‘Will’ is indeed gorgeous – and, as you say, very much right for the part. Looking forwrd to more details, photos, etc, when you have time to post them.


  5. Debs Says:

    Oh YUM! Love the photos, and so jealous of you meeting all these fab people. Glad your trip went so well, and looking forward to more photos.

  6. Charlotte Says:

    Liz – oh,lucky you! We are still reeling from the scenery – we drove along the Icefields Parkway to Jasper and I will post photos.

    Debs, Nell, Rosy, Liz – I am *so* glad you approve 🙂

  7. Fiona Harper Says:

    This is fab, Phillipa! Having a film made of your book is a dream come true! If you weren’t such good fun I might have to hate you…

    (who is hoping the NWS winner mojo might rub off on her a little bit)

  8. Christina Phillips Says:

    Oh wow, major YUM!! Josh Hopkins will make a fantastic Will!!!

  9. Lorraine Powell Says:

    Mmmmm, wow he’s gorgeous!! I think they’ve casted very well! I’m glad you’ve had such a wonderful trip, it really sounds like a dream moment!

  10. Tam Says:

    Oooooooooh, now he’s lovely. How very exciting 🙂 Looking forward to more pics.

  11. Liz Fielding Says:

    Oh, yummy!

  12. Toni Sands Says:

    Can’t wait to see this! I loved the book.

  13. Sally Lawton Says:

    He is GORGEOUS. So pleased you had a wonderful time x

  14. Phillipa Says:

    Fiona – thanks. Actually, I hope some of your mojo rubs off on me, oh multi-award garnering person.

    Lori, Tam, Christina, Liz, Sally – glad you all like him!

    Toni – welcome to the blog and thanks for reading DE.

  15. Michelle Styles Says:

    Oh he’s very good isn’t he?
    Looking forward to seeing your pictures. I went to a ranch near Calgary/Baniff for my honeymoon so have fond memories of the area.

  16. Jude Says:

    Oh Pip this is so fabulous! A dream come true, and so well deserved. Enjoy, enjoy! Can’t wait to see it on the screen. Absolutely thrills and spills! jude x

  17. tiegregebance Says:

    Hello, it really interesting, thanks

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