5 Things to Know about ‘Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff’ Lifetime Movie Starring Heather Locklear
Actress Heather Locklear is one of the recognized faces in Hollywood. She is best known for her role as Amanda Woodward in the TV series Melrose Place, which won her consecutive Golden Globes nominations for Best Actress in Television Series Drama.
Her other prominent movies and TV show credits include Dynasty, T. J. Hooker, Spin City, Franklin & Bash, Money Talks, and The Perfect Man.
Now, after years of experience working on both big screen and television, Locklear is set to appear on the small screen playing the title role on Lifetime's television movie Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff: The Kristine Carlson Story.
Stay tuned as we unveil five things that you need to know about Locklear's upcoming film.
1. The Film Is Based on a Book Series
The made-for-television film Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff: The Kristine Carlson Story is based on Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, a book series co-authored by Kristine Carlson and her husband, Dr. Richard Carlson.
The book, as well as the film, follows the life of author Carlson as her world falls to pieces after the unexpected death of her late husband.
Faced with insurmountable grief, the 58-year-old single mother finds her voice and the strength to navigate and rebuild her life with her two daughters.
2. It Celebrates Locklear's Sobriety
While the film is based on Carlson's profound loss, it also celebrates actress Locklear's sobriety.
The 59-year-old star previously struggled with addiction but strongly came back as sober after her family's support. In April 2020, she even celebrated one year of sobriety.
"I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow," Locklear wrote on Instagram on that occasion.
3. Locklear Is Connecting With Her Role
Since signing the film, the actress has been doing her best to get the feel of her character. To do so, she even got herself a complete book series of Don't Sweat the Small Stuff.
On July 15, 2021, she took to Instagram to post a picture showing multiple books from the Don't Sweat the Small Stuff series that she had been reading the whole summer.
In the film, she will play the role of Carlson, who goes through an emotional and testing phase after her husband's death. She will share the screen with Jason MacDonald, Natasha Bure, and Emily Rose.
4. It Is Meghan McCain’s First Gig after 'The View'
The film project will also be a follow-up gig for Meghan McCain, a columnist, author, and television host, after announcing her exit from the ABC talk show The View.
McCain would be associated with the project as executive producer, along with Maura Dunbar and Mark Teitelbaum. The film will be produced for Lifetime by The Johnson Production Group and Teitelbaum Artists.
"I am beyond excited and honored to be partnering with @lifetimetv and @kristine_carlson to executive produce the legendary “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” book into a Lifetime film with icon @HeatherLocklear starring as Kristine," McCain wrote in a July 26 Instagram post.
As for the directing, Ellen S. Pressman serves in the position while Shannon Bradley-Colleary is the scriptwriter.
5. Author Carlson Is As Thrilled about the Adaptation as We Are
The project has definitely made everyone excited, including actress Locklear, executive producer McCain, and fans. In this race, author Carlson isn't far behind.
The renowned author is as thrilled about the adaption as everyone connected to the project is.
Expressing her excitement, she even took to Instagram on July 26 and wrote, "I am SO thrilled to announce that the NEW Lifetime Movie starring @heatherlocklear: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: The Kristine Carlson Story will be coming soon!!!"
The film looks promising with a strong script based on The New York Times bestselling book series.