She may allegedly be involved in the college admissions scandal that swept the nation after tens of parents were arrested in mid-March, but Lori Loughlin‘s costars are standing by her side no matter what. Most recently, the actress’ When Calls the Heart costar Paul Greene opened up about how the cast and crew of the Hallmark Channel show — which announced that Lori would no longer be a part of — are rallying behind their former colleague.
“Adversity brings family together. It really does,” says Paul, 44, in a recent interview with Popcorn Talk Network’s I Could Never Be series. “I’m talking about the whole thing — between the characters and the actors, between, the fans and the relationship and the love they have for the show.”
Lori and husband Mossimo Giannulli are just two of more than 50 people charged last month for their alleged involvement in the college admissions cheating scandal. Among the dozens of others were athletic coaches, admissions counselors and other extremely wealthy parents — including actress Felicity Huffman — who supposedly had the means to pay off those who would help assist in falsifying their child’s SAT scores or athletic ability.
Paul, who has starred with Lori on the show since it premiered in 2014, notes that while When Calls the Heart underwent a “retooling” hiatus after cutting ties with the Fuller House star, the cast won’t turn their back on their pal.
“I feel like everyone’s really pulling together now and doing the very best that they can with what they’ve been given,” he continues. “And still time will tell. Things are going to continue to unravel and I think we’ll look back on this as a moment that everybody was very generous — especially the Hearties, they’ve been generous and patiently waiting. It really does speak to the loyalty of our fans.”
The news of Lori and her clothing designer husband’s arrest shocked fans around the world when prosecutors for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts announced that the couple — who recently pled not guilty to their charges of fraud and money laundering — allegedly paid $500,000 to admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer’s nonprofit organization, Key Worldwide Foundation.
With his scheme, Singer was apparently accepting money as bribes so that Lori’s daughters, Isabella Rose, 20, and Olivia Jade, 19 could be accepted in the school after being designated as a recruit to the University of Southern California crew team — despite having no involvement with the team once they arrived at school or prior experience with the sport.
Paul admits that the situation is a sticky one for all of those involved and dished how the Hallmark cast is reaping the effects. “Everybody has really been very, very careful because it’s a very sensitive time,” he shares. “Everybody is trying to collect themselves and pull it all together, make a statement that doesn’t offend, but still supports, that’s loving.”
“But also everyone’s dotting their i’s and crossing their t’s on the corporate side,” he continues. “Every angle you could look at this [from] has had to have been handled very carefully.”
It looks like we’re going to have to stay tuned!