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‘2 Hearts’ Movie: Sometimes Our Purpose is Larger Than We Imagine

Chris Carpenter - Director of Internet Programming

Every once in a while an opportunity comes along that you just can’t say no to.  Perhaps it is a new job or the moment you find yourself hopelessly in love.  Maybe it’s the chance to reconnect and regain the love of your family.  Whatever it may be, we are all just one connection away from creating remarkable moments in our lives.

Based on a true story, 2 Hearts, a new movie releasing in 1,600 theaters this weekend, explores why sometimes our purpose is larger than we ever imagined. Starring Jacob Elordi (Euphoria tv series), Radha Mitchell (Man on Fire), Adan Canto (X-Men: Days of Future Past), and Tiera Skovbe (Riverdale tv series), this movie demonstrates that miracles are still quite possible today even in a world riddled by the coronavirus pandemic.

Following the lives of two couples very much in love from two different eras, the movie unfolds in two different decades and in different places, but a mysterious, hidden connection brings them together in a way audiences could never imagine.  2 Hearts is a film that celebrates life even in the most trying of circumstances.

Watch a Bonus Interview with Tiera Skovbe from 2 Hearts:

I recently spoke to 2 Hearts director Lance Hool about finding love through a connection and purpose, why he chose to be understated in the many faith themes that can be found throughout the movie, and how it can encourage a world rocked by COVID-19.

As we start, in your words, could you please give a thumbnail overview for the film 2 Hearts?

It's a movie that celebrates life. It is very emotional and very loving. It's got a lot of love in it. It's got a lot more romance in it. It's basically making the viewer aware of how precious life is and the advantage of it, and be very thankful with this life and to do good.

What is significant about the two love stories to take it to this level? In other words, why a full length feature film?

It's basically the two love stories that we tell and how they come together and in a very mysterious way. It's about connectivity. It's about people doing the right thing for each other. It’s about persevering through hard times, with the optic of one must be doing everything possible in their life to just be a good individual and to really be so aware that this is a gift that only is given to a few. Even though the world numbers in billions, it's only given to very of us in what a God-given gift this is to be alive.

At a really high level, this movie seems to demonstrate finding love through a connection and purpose.  Your thoughts?

I totally agree. So many times we think this door is closed, but I'll hit keep hitting my head on it. But wait a second, that door over there is open. Why am I doing this? Why am I insisting on this? And then you find out that if you open that other door, good things happen. It's about love and it's about two couples that really persevere. They go and follow through with love. The one scene where the father says, ‘Chris, put your hand in God's hand,’ you’ve got to do that. It’s not just that we need to have faith. We are here for a purpose and we've been given this great gift that is life.

Are there any faith themes that you feel are vital to the film?

We purposely didn't want to hit too hard because we want to send a message to people that are not necessarily people of faith. Life is really a miracle. You should be living it fully and you should be an agent of goodness. We purposely strayed from and refrained ourselves from giving it too much of an overt faith angle. If you watch my earlier film One Man’s Hero you'll see that I hit that pretty hard because that's really what happened. Here, I didn't want to go overboard and then scare some people that really need (this message). It was calculated. The rosary for instance, is something that's subtle for us.

It's very meaningful, especially for the Catholic faith. It's little things like that, that we do throughout the whole movie that are not blatant. We're trying to get people that don't have the Golden Rule as their compass. We want to suggest that you do good things, love people and uphold the sanctity of the family. That's probably one of the big things that attracted me to this project.  These families (in the film) are so closely knit, and they really support each other. Where do you see it in the movies? I think family values have lost their way and as a result so has society.

From your perspective, how will 2 Hearts, by all accounts an uplifting film, speak to a world rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic?

Even with COVID-19, there are very inspiring things that are happening, and we should be part of that. I hear a lot of people complaining about being trapped in their homes. For those people, what's wrong with painting a canvas? What's wrong with doing something where maybe you can put some emotion into some form of art. Maybe call some friends you haven't talked to in a long time to cheer them up. There's always something we can do that makes us better. This movie is about how five different people live. But it’s the little details. I just heard from a friend that their daughter went to university for the first year and was told that she had to stay in the dorm because (of coronavirus). So she stayed there. And then, there was another student there complaining all the time about their circumstances. He ended up committing suicide. That should not happen. You should realize what you have in life and make it your goal to do well and to enjoy it.

Watch a movie trailer for 2 Hearts:

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