In the Hallmark Channel’s latest romantic drama, Love Under the Olive Tree, grandchildren of two competing oil ranchers discover they have to work together in order to get ahead. Set on beautiful ranches and sprawling fields, the trailer for the movie is already making people wonder where exactly this movie was filmed.

Who plays Jake Bandini and Nicole Cabella in ‘Love Under the Olive Tree’?

The movie’s competitive couple consists of Benjamin Hollingsworth as Jake Bandini and Nicole Cabella as Tori Anderson. In a classic Romeo and Juliet-esque twist, the two come from rival families who own competing oil ranches — Cabella Oil and Brandini’s. 

The Cabella family focuses on creating olive oil the old fashioned way, while the Brandini family uses state-of-the-art machinery to produce their olive oil in mass amounts, focusing on business and revenue. The two rekindle a relationship while competing in the town’s annual Sunset Valley Olive Oil Competition, for which the winner wins a strip of land set on the border between their family ranches.

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“I’ve played lawyers, computer programmers, and advertising specialists. But playing an oil magnet, or [olive] oil producer, was the most unique one and a lot of fun. I learned a lot about olive oil and to be honest related to both the farmer and lawyer aspects of hi,” Benjamin said in an interview with MediaVillage. “But I come from a small town in Canada and was around a lot of farmers as a kid, so I guess it related more to the olive oil production, ranch style, part of his life.”

Benjamin said he enjoyed the duality of playing the love interest and the rival at the same time. 

“I like to think in every character there’s a darker side. An honest character has faults and in those is humanity and that’s always fun for me,” he said.

Benjamin continued, “A lot of the characters I’ve played tight rope that walk and balance a little bit of the bad boy or troublemaker, but at the same time keeps it light and allow the audience to see it’s a misconception — it is tricky,” he continued in his interview with MediaVillage. “We had to find a balance of guy-next-door, a rival, and someone who could blossom into the love interest for Nicole.”

What did you think of Love Under the Olive Tree? Do you have the urge to fly to British Columbia and taste-test olive oil from a fancy glass, too? (Or is that just us?)


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