Tyler Hynes: The Hallmark Heartthrob with a Coronary heart of Gold


It’s generally arduous to think about that actors you see on display are identical to you and me, however it’s actually true, and no person is a greater instance of normalcy in extraordinary circumstances than Tyler Hynes.

For those who’re already a fan, this isn’t information to you. You could be part of his social media circle, which incorporates frequent visits from the gifted man, as he not solely connects with those that maintain him expensive but additionally enjoys it.

Many gifted professionals within the leisure subject will let you know that bringing pleasure to others is why they do the work, however Tyler takes it a step additional by being so extremely related.

When he says, “I simply wish to reside a very good life with good individuals, see if I can do some good and make some of us probably a little bit completely happy,” he couldn’t be extra honest.

With that angle, it’s no shock that Tyler jumped on the alternative to work with Hallmark along with the Make Her Mark Girls’s Directing Program to deliver to life Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe’s dream to direct a movie.

Crystal from one among Hallmark’s most profitable franchises: Signed, Sealed, Delivered, the place she performed Rita, an absolute gem of a personality working with the postal service to reunite misplaced mail with its meant recipients.

Previous to directing Shifting Gears, Crystal bought her ft moist with a number of brief movies, however engaged on a feature-length film with the complete help of the Hallmark community of pros behind her is an actual enhance.

Tyler and Crystal had labored collectively earlier than for one more manufacturing firm on a film with the same really feel to Shifting Gears, and Tyler was honored to have the chance to be there for her function directorial debut.

“One of many first issues I might stated to her was, ‘Simply attempt to get pleasure from this second since you’ll by no means get to have it once more. That is the primary movie that you simply’re ever making, and I do know there’s most likely a whole lot of stress that you simply may really feel,’ however what I knew throughout the first dialog that we had is that she would simply do a beautiful job.

“My want was that she would simply actually get pleasure from herself and attempt to take as a lot of the expertise along with her in order that she has that reminiscence as a result of she’ll by no means have that one once more,” Tyler tells TV Fanatic.

Tyler loved watching her work, which she did “gracefully and with a whole lot of enthusiasm,” one thing he attributes to spending her life in entrance of the digital camera. “Her superpower was being a performer herself.”

Speaking about his time on set, Tyler stated he didn’t get behind the cameras a lot to see the way it was going, however his mom visited the set to “add some chaos to the combo.” He laughed, “I’m positive they had been heckling and judging me again there.”

Having so many Hallmark veterans concerned with making Shifting Gears was useful to the method, and it additionally allowed everybody to chill out and have some enjoyable.

“It appeared prefer it was a beautiful enjoyable atmosphere the place everyone was simply kind of rigidity and lending ideas, however being respectful of Crystal having her house to have the ability to really be the captain of the ship, and simply being a help system wherever wanted as she goes by this kind of first expertise.”

“It appeared like they had been having a celebration again there. It appeared like that scene in The Muppets the place there are individuals up within the tower, and there are two of them, they usually’re bickering and stuff. It is sort of like that the place you’ll do a scene, after which it will simply be silent, and also you would not know what’s occurring.

“After which, in some unspecified time in the future somebody would go, ‘Oh, yeah, minimize,’ as a result of they’re sitting there, yimmer-yammering about no matter we had simply performed.” These of us who watch TV and movie really feel that magic, as entertainers and behind-the-scenes expertise deliver us countless hours of pleasure by their arduous work.

One other factor that makes Tyler so relatable is his work-life ethic.

He’s been performing since he was a baby, and in 2023, he captured consideration together with his experimental movie expertise Chimera, however he doesn’t have aspirations to direct. “I believe actually the world doesn’t want extra Tyler,” he quipped. “We’ve fairly sufficient as it’s, maybe an excessive amount of.”

After I bedded to vary, he defined, “I believe there are beautiful individuals who already do that job. If I had been to ever do this, it will be hopefully to serve some kind of goal and elevate one thing or maybe supply one thing and never simply be indulgent into my very own narcissism.

“I believe it will be one thing that, after people have their alternative and everyone who’s already so gifted who’s doing it will probably have their crack at it, possibly sometime.

“However for now, I am very completely happy to be the contributor, if not the anvil that’s sinking individuals all the way down to the underside of the ocean as they attempt to make stunning films. I will simply be of service for now.”

The place does Tyler’s coronary heart lie on the subject of his work? Similar to you and me, he doesn’t reside and breathe the work, coming to life solely when somebody calls ‘Motion’!

“That is by no means actually been my factor. I get pleasure from life. I get pleasure from individuals. I benefit from the little issues, and I believe being an artist is one thing I do love. And I do love artwork, and I am actually a cinephile. I’m an enormous fan of movie. I watch a whole lot of them.

“I do know fairly a bit about it once I’m listening to podcasts. For those who had been in my family, you’ll most likely go to sleep listening to director spherical tables and cinematographers describing particular photographs and inspirations throughout storyboards.

“That is simply what pursuits me, however I do not suppose that I’ve to be part of it. I do not know that I like to be part of it, however I simply wish to reside a very good life with good individuals, see if I can do some good and make some of us probably a little bit completely happy, and simply attempt to pay my respects to one thing that I like a lot.

“However yeah, I’ll most likely do it for so long as I can and positively do not waste any time placing thought, vitality, and fervour into what I am doing. However yeah, I’m not essentially someone who must have eyeballs on him. This isn’t what floats my boat. So, performing is a humorous occupation I ended up doing, is not it?”

That revelation was fascinating. On the one hand, he spends his free time studying about numerous points of movie and critiquing work, however however, he’s completely happy for it to be a way to an finish — his personal happiness and bringing pleasure to others.

He is aware of the painstaking efforts that go into making movies, which could possibly be why he was out there to assist a fellow actor safe their goals.

He’s spent many hours in numerous sides of the trade, from “enhancing, colour correcting, colour grading, sound design, the entire numerous sides that go into creating this expertise of movie.”

“It is an endeavor. It is a whole lot of work and positively totally different when you’ve everyone who’s excellent at their jobs, and everyone performs their half. It is sort of what it’s, however I understand how a lot of an endeavor it’s, and I do actually love good cinema or artistic endeavors that I actually admire and I like watching them.”

He enjoys making and watching films, positive, however he wouldn’t be heartbroken if his life took a flip.

“I do not know that I might be tremendous heartbroken if I gained the lottery tomorrow, they usually’re identical to, ‘Hey, man, simply go make everyone in your life completely happy and watch a bunch of films eternally and trip off into the sundown.’ I do not know that I might be that upset about that.”

As a result of there it’s once more. Making others completely happy is on the core of Tyler’s happiness, and proper now, that appears to incorporate making films. However it’s additionally not arduous to think about that if he had one other approach to do it whereas nonetheless sustaining a detailed connection to his supporters, he’d take it.

That’s not one thing you usually hear on this trade, however it’s key to Tyler’s attraction and accessibility.

“Clearly, there are alternatives to make these items and simply have individuals react to them and have interaction with them — that is all extremely enriching. And yeah, I imply, it is an evolution.

“I did a lot of that, and now I am kind of on this different iteration of issues the place I am making these films rather a lot and actually having fun with this steady dialog I am having with these audiences. That’ll evolve into one thing extra.

“We’ll see how that’s with the subsequent iteration; you guys will most likely see quickly, and the place it goes subsequent, we’ll see. However I am additionally lazy, Carissa, in order little I can do whereas with the ability to take part.”

In fact, Tyler is something however lazy, however it’s extremely endearing that what drives him isn’t the work itself or being seen however his zest for all times and his supporters that encourage him. He has no need to be transferring so quick that he forgets why he’s right here within the first place.

“If you cannot stroll slowly and go searching and maybe be a little bit naughty and do some issues that possibly you should not do simply because the temper strikes you in a scene or throughout your day, then what is the level? what I imply? If all the things is so structured and so fast, it loses the spark of the magic of all of it.”

As you’ll be able to most likely inform, speaking with Tyler isn’t a traditional ten-minute interview. It’s a dialog. And it’s not by chance or as a result of he doesn’t prefer to reply powerful questions; he simply likes to see the place the dialog goes.

“If I used to be so busy that I need to specific the concise quantity of public relations data to you with the intention to provide you with an article and to advertise the film so I can go on the subsequent one, I do not know that there can be no enjoyable anymore.

“So, it is looking for a stability with all of it. That’s undoubtedly the duty and the problem, and we’ll see how that evolves.”

Nonetheless surprised by his declare of laziness, we shifted the dialogue to the period of time he spends with all of us, whether or not chatting by his numerous teams on social media or by making appearances at numerous fan occasions.

Tyler is a bodily hanging man and really gifted, however what attracts individuals to him most is his persona, which shines by all the things he does. If being on the street and being so in tune looks like work to you and me, it’s undoubtedly not for Tyler.

“It actually does not actually really feel like work in these particular moments. Different occasions, it will probably, however not in that exact aspect of the expertise. Anytime I am talking to real of us who’re simply on this world, it’s at all times a pleasure. “

By no means one to simply accept a praise with out, ahem, shifting gears, Tyler appreciates that his persona is his defining issue. He laughed, “I am getting uglier by the second, so appears will fade. They’re barely there as it’s, and so it is solely going to worsen. So I higher begin engaged on my persona, is mainly what I am saying.”

There may be some concern about his communication with followers due to the numerous nefarious actors pushing their manner into unsuspecting social media customers utilizing his identify and face. It’s such a priority to him that he’s now working with somebody to assist him put an finish to it.

“I report individuals, I attempt to discover methods to be really efficient in combating it. And I believe, as of now, I’ve had conversations with Hallmark, and there is an intention to kind of assist flip the tides on this factor,” he instructed us.

“It appears to be a specific amount of logistical stuff on our finish to be performed, in addition to an consciousness to be permeating the teams and the individuals on the market in order that they’ll take care of one another and they are often imbued with the accountability to have the ability to assist one another in order that.

“It appears to be the one resolution till, ultimately, we create such a firewall that the people who find themselves making an attempt to get cash or do this sort of scamming exercise will cease having success in any doable manner and can transfer on, hopefully to a extra noble trigger.”

Along with his love of movie and the Oscars within the rear-view mirror, we shifted gears once more to debate what lit his fuse this previous 12 months.

“I watched Poor Issues the opposite day, and I used to be simply so in love with this film, the feel, the manufacturing design, the cinematography, the colour grade, the movie inventory that they shot, and the performances, in fact. The costumes and the make-up is such a wealthy, stunning factor.

“Oppenheimer, I watched a number of occasions in IMAX within the theater. And correct IMAX, which, if you do not know, there’s improper, and there is correct IMAX. And mainly, the straightforward manner is that if the picture appears like an Instagram video the place it is taller than it’s wider, you then’re in the precise IMAX theater.”

For those who had no thought there was “correct IMAX,” you’re not alone. Go away it to somebody with a pure love for movie and its strategies to show you a factor or two. For these of you who additionally had no thought, Tyler defined that it’s a display taller than it’s extensive, utilizing a double-laster projector. Fancy!

It’s no surprise he noticed Oppenheimer a number of occasions. However he additionally noticed Barbie greater than as soon as. Tyler stated, “It’s completely unimaginable,” and he needs Greta Gerwig had been nominated.

He was additionally disillusioned that Bradley Cooper wasn’t nominated for Maestro, which Tyler known as “Such an unimaginable authentic — simply the feel and the rhythm and the model and the tone of that film was simply one thing I might by no means seen earlier than.”

There’s additionally a enjoyable Hallmark-related story behind him seeing Maestro. When in New York Metropolis for an occasion, he snuck right into a theater to take a peek whereas all of his Hallmark cohorts tried reaching him for a dinner occasion he was attending.

It places into perspective how intertwined his love of cinema is together with his personal involvement in it, which brings the dialog nearly full circle.

Tyler helps the trade he loves, even when he can’t bodily make the time to do it. He’ll purchase tickets to a movie even when he solely needs he might go as a result of it advantages cinema general.

“It is identical to issues blossom the place you set your vitality and thought and love into it. So, should you love films and you want these experiences, you simply must put your consideration there, and that can be felt, and they’ll persist and get higher.”

Are cinema function movies in Tyler’s future? “No person’s requested me to hitch the ranks of the dance individuals fairly but,” he laughed. “And that day might by no means come, or possibly it’ll.”

He’s not bothered by that chance being out of his grasp for now. He’s cognizant of how the trade has modified because it started and the way, at one time, there have been about 20 pure film stars blazing trails.

“Now we’re on this period the place it is like you’ve small factions of devoted individuals they usually actually get pleasure from sure experiences and sure artists, and people are their kind of people who they admire. And proper subsequent to them, everyone might don’t know who you might be or what you are doing.

“And so, we sort of created a little bit mini Hollywood function movie kind system in these [Hallmark] films. They arrive out, you’ve got seen the identical kind of faces, just a few of them, and the viewers has a little bit of a belief with these faces when it comes to what they could ship.”

Tyler says it is a little bit more difficult in gentle of the way in which Hallmark films are produced to decide on movies based mostly on costars and who’s behind the scenes if you’re diligently working to construct a relationship together with your viewers. As an alternative of selecting who he’ll work with, it’s how he works that creates new paths.

“I’m making use of common cinema rules to those little films on Hallmark as a result of I can,” he revealed.

Whereas he’d be prepared to step exterior of his zone of curiosity to work in options, he’s unsure he’d be prepared to take a job on a Hallmark sequence until the position was too good to cross up.

“It’s important to shoot for a lot of months. I imply, it must be the precise one as a result of that is one thing you are tied to, after which you will get right into a rhythm of taking part in the identical character.

“So it must be the precise factor to do as a result of I believe there’s nearly like an undervalue of how a lot doing these movies that Hallmark does sort of mirrors outdated Hollywood when it comes to with the ability to reinvent your self, always be evolving what it’s that you simply’re doing, making an attempt to be considerate with each endeavor, displaying a little bit of variety and vary and character a little bit bit.

“And if you’re taking part in the identical character, you need to sort of service consistency for that narrative as a result of it is a continued narrative, and there is a whole lot of alternative within the particular person films and extra enjoyable available, not less than in the intervening time.

“However yeah, there’s undoubtedly most likely a sequence model of issues that could possibly be a very worthwhile endeavor. And even should you did that, possibly nonetheless do a film or just a few right here and there to additionally do this as properly.”

Proper now, Tyler is happiest making different individuals completely happy and having fun with the life his work affords him.

His basic way of thinking is that he’ll be right here for us so long as we’ll have him, and when individuals have had sufficient of him, he’ll go elsewhere, quietly using off into the sundown. Tyler does love a very good sundown.

There isn’t a greater feeling on the planet than supporting somebody who’s so thinking about supporting others, and you may catch him tonight at 8/7c in Shifting Gears, from first-time function director Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe and costarring Katherine Barrell and Kristin Sales space.

Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and a employees author and critic for TV Fanatic. She’s a member of the Critic’s Selection Affiliation, enjoys mentoring writers, conversing with cats, and passionately discussing the nuances of tv and movie with anybody who will hear. Comply with her on X and e-mail her right here at TV Fanatic.


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