Hallmark star Jill Wagner has been dreaming of creating Lioness for several years. This is the new Paramount+ series that she has co-created with Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan. Now, the recent news that two stars have signed on with the series is making the series a big deal. All of her hard work and hustle have come to fruition.
The Teen Wolf star went to social media to share a pivotal moment from the early part of her career, and how everything has come full circle. Just recently, Zoe Saldaña and Nicole Kidman have signed on to both star and executive produce the new Paramount+ series along with Jill Wagner.
Jill Wagner Shared Emotional Post About Lioness Co-Star Zoe Saldaña
The Hallmark star shared on Instagram about working with Zoe Saldaña early in her career. How the Avatar star conducted herself inspired Wagner to become “a class act like her.” Moreover, she is not taking anything for granted. She is remaining present, and grateful for this incredible opportunity.
To say that this is a dream come true is not nearly enough. I remember one of my first jobs in Hollywood was working on a movie with Zoe Saldaña. However, I didn’t have a large role, in fact my part didn’t even make it in the movie. That wasn’t what I remembered about her and that point in time though.
I remember we did a table read for that film and she walked in the room and spoke to everyone around the table and said hello including me. I was an absolute nobody to her but she looked at me in the eye and gave me a minute of her time which I thought was so kind of her as I was a bag of nerves. I thought to myself, …. that’s how I want to be. I want to be a class act like her.
I am over the moon about Taylor’s choice in casting her. I feel like I need to pinch myself. To think now that I am even mentioned in the same article as her is a watershed moment for me. You guys have to understand how hard this business is and how much I have hustled for 20 years. I will never forget this even if its gone in the blink of an eye. This is awesome and I am soaking in every single minute of it.
Kristoffer Polaha’s Comment Reveals Long Journey For Hallmark Star
Kristoffer Polaha, Jill Wagner’s Mystery 101 co-star immediately expressed his congratulations. In addition, he gave us a little insight into how long The Angel Tree star had to persevere to make this dream happen. The pair were filming Pearl In Paradise in Fiji when she told him about her idea for Lioness.
Congratulations Jill! This is big, beautiful news! I remember you talking about this idea while we were in Fiji back in 2018! You have persevered and pressed on and I can’t wait to watch your TV show! It’s gonna be AMAZING!
Dreams do come true. ❤️❤️❤️
Polaha may be experiencing his own dreams coming true. Although the Dickens Of A Holiday star is well known in the Hallmark community, he has fans running to movie theaters to see his high-profile silver screen appearances.
He was an important part of 2020’s Wonder Woman 1984. In addition, he is in the upcoming Jurassic World: Dominion movie.
That is not all. Kristoffer has a rather mysterious role in Lifetime’s Buried In Barstow, starring along with another gritty actress, Angie Harmon. That will premiere on June 4, at 8 p.m., Eastern. Moreover, Lifetime has already ordered up a second movie in this action series.
What is Lioness About?
Lioness is about a real-life CIA program. The Paramount+ series follows a Marine who is recruited specifically to befriend the daughter of a terrorist. The intention is to take down the terror organization from within.
Although there is no information on Nicole Kidman’s role, Zoe Saldaña will portray Joe, the Lioness program station chief. She is “strong-willed, and hard-nosed” as the leader of the female undercover operatives. She manages and trains these elite women whose job is to assassinate “the world’s most dangerous terrorists.”
Lioness will start production in June.