The idea of jumping from an action-packed Marvel series to a romantic Hallmark film may seem like a big shift, but Brett Dalton has managed to pull it off. The actor credits the Hallmark channel with making the transition so easy, Media Village reports.

“I was doing Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which was a remarkable experience, and playing a villain who was still likable,” said Dalton, who plays Hive and Grant Ward in the series. “For people to connect [with the character], you can’t just twirl your mustache the entire time.  I was looking for something different and ‘Cooking with Love’ came along. The script had two people coming together who you wouldn’t necessarily think were meant to be with each other and I found their path to so interesting. That’s why I got involved, and it’s pretty hard not to fall in love with the Hallmark family because they take such good care of everyone and make you feel super welcome.”

Dalton’s latest Hallmark film, “Just My Type” premieres on Saturday at 9 p.m as a part of Hallmark’s Spring Fling. The actor claims the role of Martin Clayborne, “an illustrious, elusive and reclusive mystery author,” who takes an interest in Vanessa Sills, a pop culture writer and aspiring novelist played by Bethany Joy Lenz.

“It’s a great story,” the 37-year-old explained.“They’re very different characters, but both share a passion for writing. As jaded as my character might be about his career, he sees a spark in her.  It’s that passion that connects people. Martin was a lonely kid and started writing as a great source of self-expression. For me as a kid, it was art and drawing. That never went away, and now I get the same passion from acting. It’s something that never goes away. While you could have a bad experience career-wise, the passion’s still there somewhere.”



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Aside from “Cooking With Love” and “Just My Type”, Dalton has also starred in one of Hallmark Movies and Mysteries beloved Christmas movies. In “Once Upon A Christmas Miracle,” the actor starred as Chris Dempsey, an organ donor, who begins to fall for Aimee Teegarden’s character, Heather Krueger, who received half his liver. And the star would happily accept another role for one of the network’s holiday productions.

“If Hallmark knocks on my door around Christmas I’m not saying no,” he added.  “I can’t think of a single household that doesn’t have Hallmark Channel playing from Thanksgiving through Christmas, so even if I’m not in one of the new movies, I’m in one of the replays and they’re always enjoyable.”

The network will kick off a second Christmas movie marathon this month (in addition to its scheduled Spring Fling programming) on Friday at noon. The television event is meant to bring a little holiday cheer to viewers stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’m always happy to be able to provide a distraction and some enjoyment,” Dalton said of “Just My Type” which will still premiere as planned. “But particularly in these crazy times, it’s even more important.  I’m not sure if the world will ever be the same, but at least for two hours we can enjoy a world where love wins, and I’d like to think it will continue to after this. In some ways last December, when we shot this, [it] was a simpler time.”

Brett Dalton Brett Dalton stars in Hallmark Channel's "Just My Type." Photo: Crown Media LLC/Eike Schroter