prince or not, katie cassidy fell for Esteban Huszar while working side by side at the Hallmark Channel A royal Christmas crush.
The co-stars, who play architect Ava and Prince Harry respectively in the 2023 rom-com, knew there was no denying their connection after meeting in March 2023 on a set in Canada.
“Obviously (we were) professionals and we kept it that way. However, I felt like it was almost like there was this layer because he and I knew something secret that no one else knew,” Cassidy said exclusively. us weekly in June 2023 while promoting the film. “And we could let our guard down when our characters were supposed to and allow space to fall on each other. I almost feel like that added a certain kind of element to it. We just couldn’t help it.”
Despite having an instant attraction, Cassidy told him Us he was hesitant to work closely with another “quite Canadian (and) really attractive” actor “named Stephen”. He previously starred alongside the Canadian native stephen amellwhom he called “brother”, on The CW’s Arrow from 2012 to 2015 as Laurel Lance/Black Canary and then Black Siren from 2016 to 2020. (Huszar, for his part, is a Canadian actor known for his role as Luke Tatum in Hallmark’s Chesapeake Shores.)
Cassidy, however, pushed her reservations aside and found herself under Huszar’s spell in part due to their mutual connection to the crystals. The couple officially hit it off during one of their a real christmas He crushes the scenes before going public with the relationship in May 2023.
“I remember there’s a scene in the barn where I’m literally looking at him, and that was the moment for me. I’m not kidding you. I’m, like, leaning against the table and he’s saying his lines and I like it, I think I almost fell over,” Cassidy recalled to Ussharing that she and Huszar later realized they started falling in love “within 30 seconds of each other” while filming the “same scene”.
Scroll down to see Cassidy and Huszar’s love story from the beginning:
Cassidy and Huszar began filming Hallmark’s A royal Christmas crush. The couple documented their winter wonderland adventures via Instagram, with Cassidy sharing behind-the-scenes moments of the snowy surroundings.
Cassidy sparked speculation about the romance when she tagged Huszar in various vacation snaps around the world, including a photo of the full moon in Fiji and a solo photo standing on a pier in Monaco.
“Well, cats out of the bag…” Cassidy wrote via Instagram, confirming their relationship. “Happy Monday! 😂❤️😍.” Later that month, she teased her Hallmark project via social media, noting that Huszar is “so handsome” in the film.
The pair’s first Hallmark collaboration, A royal Christmas crushpremiered as part of the network’s “Christmas in July” programming.
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“When the chemistry is there, it’s just there,” Cassidy said exclusively. Us before the film’s release, noting that sparks flew early in filming. Huszar, for his part, explained to Us, “It’s certainly important to keep it professional. Like we did, but, you know, feelings come up.”