Kimberly Elise talks 'Hannah's Law:' 3 people had to dress me (Video)
Kimberly Elise's physical transformation to become the gun-toting Stagecoach Mary in The Hallmark Movie Channel's upcoming film "Hannah's Law" was a team effort.
Her character is based on a real African-American cowgirl. She helps her best friend Hannah, played by Sara Canning, in her attempts to uphold the law in the fronteir town of Dodge City, Kansas. Billy Zane and Donald Glover also star in the Hallmark film, which premieres on Saturday, June 9.
"Stagecoach Mary carries a shotgun on her back, a rifle on her waist, and all these bullets," Elise told OnTheRedCarpet.com host Rachel Smith. "It took like three people to dress me every day - to put all of this ammo on, all of this gear, and her boots, and her vest, and her trench, and if I had to go to the bathroom I felt so bad, 'I was like oh you guys have to undress me again.'"
The actress, a 45-year-old native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is also known for her roles in the 2002 film "John Q," which also starred Denzel Washington as her husband, the 2005 romantic comedy "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" and the 2010 ensemble drama "For Colored Girls." The actress said she enjoyed playing more of a hardcore character in "Hannah's Law."
"I loved it," she told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "It's fun to glam up but it's also fun to go the complete opposite direction and just sort of be true to this character. It was shot in Calgary - It was so beautiful, and the people were so nice and there were horses, and stars, and it was just a fantastic experience."
"You love these two women together - they're like the only two women in town practically, holding their own against all these men," she added. "I love how our first scene is in the saloon, and all the guys move for us as we go up to the bar to have our chat. It's a great story, the characters are fantastic, the performances are just amazing. I think people will really enjoy it."
Watch the trailer for "Hannah's Law" on Hallmark's website.
Reporting by Rachel Smith, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).