Up close with actress Daphne Zuniga

November 6, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Ever wanted to run from your past? In the upcoming Hallmark Channel movie, "Mail Order Bride," one woman is running as fast as she can, but it always seems to be catching up with her. Actress and Bay Area native, Daphne Zuniga, talked to us about her new movie.

"Mail Order Bride" premieres on the Hallmark Channel on Saturday, November 8.

About the movie:
Diana McQueen, a con woman fleeing from her handler, ends up posing as her recently-deceased friend, Jen, in order to move out West to marry a man neither woman has ever met. But Diana's lies begin to crumble when her new "fiancé" becomes suspicious and her violent past suddenly shows up on her doorstep in "Mail Order Bride," a Hallmark Channel Original Movie premiering Saturday, November 8 (9/8c). Daphne Zuniga ("Melrose Place") and Greg Evigan ("My Two Dads") star in the story of the divisiveness of deceit and the liberating power of truth.

Diana McQueen (Zuniga) has been working, against her will, for Boston conman Tom Rourke (Evigan) since she was 12, running scams, stealing and lying. Now, she's had enough, and one good haul is all she needs to get out of this life.

Diana's friend Jen, ill with tuberculosis, has been corresponding with Beau (Cameron Bancroft, "Beautiful People") a Wyoming rancher she's never met, but plans to marry. When Jen dies, Diana seizes the opportunity to start her life over by stealing Rourke's money. Pretending to be Jen, she moves out West to marry Beau. As Beau battles against the local Cattleman's Association, Diana falls back on her old ways, and jumps at the chance to get enough cash to run away again. Just when Beau figures out who Diana really is, Rourke discovers where she's hiding, and the ensuing showdown turns the town upside-down, changing the future for all of them.

About Daphne Zuniga:
Daphne Zuniga began her film career with Rob Reiner's "The Sure Thing" opposite John Cusack and Tim Robbins. Then, a childhood dream came true when she was cast opposite Lucille Ball in Ball's final performance, "Stone Pillow." Zuniga went on to star in feature films such as Mel Brooks' "Spaceballs," "Vision Quest," "Gross Anatomy" with Christine Lahti and Matthew Modine, and "Staying Together" with Stockard Channing, directed by Lee Grant. Other films include, "Last Rights," and "Stand Ins."

Zuniga became a familiar face to millions of viewers when she appeared for four years as Jo Beth Reynolds on the hit series "Melrose Place." Other television credits include the highly rated NBC miniseries' "Pandora's Clock" and "Degree of Guilt," both based on best- selling novels, and guest spots on "Spin City," "Stark Raving Mad," "Eve" and "Law and Order." Zuniga recently starred in the ABC Family Channel's series "Beautiful People" as well as "One Tree Hill" and will guest star on the critically acclaimed "Nip/Tuck."

Born and raised in Northern California and Vermont, with delightful stints in Canada and Guatemala, Zuniga is the eldest daughter of a Unitarian minister mother and a philosophy professor father. Daphne studied a year at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, and performed in theater in New England before enrolling in the theater program at UCLA. She also studied with renowned acting teacher Peggy Feury at the Loft Studio, with Larry Moss and Penny Allen.

Currently she can be seen in a documentary co-created with Chris Anderson called "ConnecTED," about the TED convention. The TED convention is the annual conference held in Monterey that brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers. She enjoys meditation and is a supporter of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California, and Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts. Zuniga divides her time between Los Angeles and New York.


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