Kristin Hannah is one of the best selling authors in North America. So it’s no surprise that many of her beloved books have been adapted for the big and small screens.
Kristin Hannah is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than 20 novels. Her work includes the international blockbusters The Nightingale, Winter Garden, Night Road, and Firefly Lane.
Hannah’s 2008 novel Firefly Lane was such a hit with her readers. Netflix jumped at the opportunity to turn it into a full fledged series starring Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke.
Firefly Lane follows Tallulah “Tully” Hart (Heigl) and Kate Mularkey (Chalke) over 30 years of friendship and falling outs. We first meet the girls as polar-opposite teens in the Seattle suburbs. The cool and beautiful Tully (Ali Skovbye) moves on to the titular street right next to bookish and awkward Kate (Roan Curtis).
Both girls are lost in their own ways but find solace in each other. Tully’s mom (Beau Garrett) is a spaced-out alcoholic hippie who calls herself “Cloud.” Kate feels like a nobody at home and at school. Soon, the girls are inseparable.
Through thick and thin the girls remain friends for more than 30 years, sharing their adventures in work, love, triumphs and tragedies.
Canadian actresses Roan Curtis and Ali Skovbye undestand this great opportunity. They play the younger versions of Kate and Tully, a dream come true for both. They actually spent time with Sarah Chalke and Katherine Heigl so that the older actresses could mimic their mannerisms.
Our Bonnie Laufer spoke with Roan and Ali about working on the series, getting into their 70’s wardrobe and their hopes that we will see a Season 2.
Firefly Lane premieres Wednesday on Netflix,
- Rated: TV-MA
- Genre: Drama
- Release Date: 2/3/2021
- Directed by: Anne Wheeler, Lee Rose, Peter O'Fallon, Vanessa Parise
- Starring: Ali Skovbye, Ben Lawson, Katherine Heigl, Roan Curtis, Sarah Chalke
- Produced by: Aaron Au, Kristin Hannah
- Written by: James R. Ford Jr., Maggie Friedman, Savannah Dooley
- Studio: Netflix