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Trevor Donovan Says People Should ‘Be and Believe What They Wantamid Great American Family Controversy

UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA - 4 월 26: Actor Trevor Donovan visits Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family" at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 26, 2021 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images); 유니버설 시티, CALIFORNIA - 구월 17: Actress Candace Cameron Bure visit Hallmark Channel's "Home & Fam가족ot; 9월 유니버설 스튜디오 할리우드에서 17, 20유니버설 시티캘리포니아 CaliforniaPaul Archuleta/Getty 이미지의 사진ges)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA - 4 월 26: Actor Trevor Donovan visits Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family" at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 26, 2021 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images); 유니버설 시티, CALIFORNIA - 구월 17: Actress Candace Cameron Bure visit Hallmark Channel's "Home & Fam가족ot; 9월 유니버설 스튜디오 할리우드에서 17, 20유니버설 시티캘리포니아 CaliforniaPaul Archuleta/Getty 이미지의 사진ges)

Trevor Donovan and Candace Cameron Bure.
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Trevor Donovan is opening up about his work with the Great American Family network following 캔디스 카메론 부레'NS controversial comments made earlier this month.

Over a week since 월스트리트 저널 published an interview in which Bure, 46, said she intends tokeep traditional marriage at the coreof her partnership with the Christian faith-based GAF network, NS 90210 배우, 44, 에게 말을 걸었다 다양성 about the remarks and how he’s approaching his projects with the company.

Following his run on season 31 NS 별과 춤, Donovan spoke about chasing the Mirror Ball Trophy before addressing Bure’s comments and the backlash that followed.

I feel people should be and believe what they want, as long as they are kind and accepting of others. For those of you who have followed me since 90210, you know my heart and character. No matter who you love, no matter what your race or religion is, you matter,” 그는 말했다 다양성.

Donovan signed an overall deal with Great American Media last year to appear in several of the company’s series and films.

Donovan continued: “Through mutual respect and acceptance, coexistence is possible. Based on the few months I have known Candace, I have found her to be kind, and passionate about her faith.

One of the actor’s main focuses in working with GAF is his anti-bullying program Team Upstanders, which he told 다양성 received support from the network’s CEO Bill Abbott, whom Donovan previously worked with on several Hallmark Channel projects.

Abbott was previously the president and CEO of Crown Media Family Networks, Hallmark Channel’s parent company, before stepping down in January 2020 — about a month after the network apologized for removing commercials featuring same-sex couples.

Tremendous progress is being made. There has never been a more important time to stand up for those who feel voiceless,” said Donovan of the anti-bullying program, noting that in addition to Abbott’s support of the initiative, the ability to produce his own films led the actor to join GAF.

It has always been my goal to create films that bring people together without being overtly political or religious, and I will continue to do so,” added Donovan. “And sometimes, in future rom-coms, I’ll play the naive country boy who finds love in the big city or saves his family’s farm. Stay tuned!”

유니버설 시티, CALIFORNIA - 구월 17: Actress Candace Cameron Bure visit Hallmark Channel's "Home & 가족" 9월 유니버설 스튜디오 할리우드에서 17, 2020 유니버설 시캘리포니아 California. (Paul Archuleta/Getty 이미지의 사진)

유니버설 시티, CALIFORNIA - 구월 17: Actress Candace Cameron Bure visit Hallmark Channel's "Home & 가족" 9월 유니버설 스튜디오 할리우드에서 17, 2020 유니버설 시캘리포니아 California. (Paul Archuleta/Getty 이미지의 사진)

캔디스 카메론 부레.
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말하기 WSJ 이번달 초, Bure said that her projects with GAF will differ from the increasingly inclusive content seen on her former network, 홀마크 채널.

The conservative actress later responded to the criticism she faced with in a statement to PEOPLE on Nov. 16. “저를 아시는 여러분, 내가 모든 사람에 대한 큰 사랑과 애정을 가지고 있음을 의심할 여지 없이 알고 있습니다.. 내가 고의로 누군가를 화나게 하고 상처를 주고 싶다고 생각하는 사람이 있다는 것은 정말 가슴이 찢어지는 일입니다.,” 그녀는 시작했다.

The mother of three explained, “나는 독실한 기독교인입니다. 그것은 모든 인간이 하나님의 형상을 지니고 있음을 믿는다는 것을 의미합니다.. 그것 덕분에, 나는 모든 사람을 사랑하도록 부름 받았습니다, 그리고 나는. … 내 마음은 다리를 놓아 사람들을 하나님께 한 걸음 더 가까이 데려가기를 간절히 원합니다., 남을 잘 사랑하기, 그리고 단순히 우리 모두에 대한 하나님의 크신 사랑을 반영하는 것입니다.”

Bure는 그녀가 또한 WSJ 그 인터뷰 “모든 민족과 정체성을 가진 사람들이 카메라 앞과 뒤에서 훌륭한 방식으로 네트워크에 기여하고 있으며 앞으로도 계속 기여할 것입니다.,” which she added is something she will “격려하고 전폭적으로 지원합니다.” 하지만 Bure는 이 부분이 “포함되지” in the final story based on her interview.

Following the initial WSJ interview’s publication, disapproval quickly bubbled up online, with members and allies of Hollywood’s LGBTQ community speaking out, 포함 조조시와 — who had a high-profile back-and-forth with Bure over the summer.

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조조시와.
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“솔직히, I can’t believe after everything that went down just a few months ago, that she would not only create a movie with intention of excluding LGBTQIA+, 그러나 언론에서도 그것에 대해 이야기,” wrote Siwa, 19, who has identified as queer since January 2021. “이는 전체 커뮤니티에 무례하고 상처를 주는 행위입니다.”

홀마크 스타 조나단 베넷 also spoke with PEOPLE about his network’s move toward more inclusive storytelling during an appearance on the 사람들은 매일 이달 초 팟캐스트.

“내가 Hallmark Channel에 대해 너무 좋아하는 것은 그들이 이야기를 전달하는 품질에 신경을 쓰는 것입니다., 특히 LGBTQ+ 사람들과 관련된 경우, 그것은 매우 존경심으로 처리됩니다,” NS 못된 소녀들 배우, 41, 말했다.

카메라와 비하인드 씬 모두에서 모든 목소리를 높이겠다는 Hallmark의 약속 강조, Bennett 님이 추가했습니다, “이야기를 전하고 전하고 싶고 우리가 원하는 방식으로 할 수 있도록 하는 데 네트워크의 변함없는 지원이었습니다.”