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

UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA - 四月 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); UNIVERSAL CITY,加州A - 九月 17: Actress Candace Cameron Bure visit Hallmark Channel's "Home & Fam家庭ot; at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 17, 2020 in 在环球城al加利福尼亚州Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA - 四月 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); UNIVERSAL CITY,加州A - 九月 17: Actress Candace Cameron Bure visit Hallmark Channel's "Home & Fam家庭ot; at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 17, 2020 in 在环球城al加利福尼亚州Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)

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Trevor Donovan is opening up about his work with the Great American Family network following 坎迪斯·卡梅隆·布雷controversial comments made earlier this month.

Over a week since 华尔街日报 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, 这 90210 演员, 44, 对...说 种类 about the remarks and how he’s approaching his projects with the company.

Following his run on season 31 的 与星共舞, 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,” 他说 种类.

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 种类 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. “而有时, in future rom-coms, I’ll play the naive country boy who finds love in the big city or saves his family’s farm. 敬请关注!”

UNIVERSAL CITY, 加州 - 九月 17: Actress Candace Cameron Bure visit Hallmark Channel's "Home & 家庭" at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 17, 2020 在环球城, 加利福尼亚州. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, 加州 - 九月 17: Actress Candace Cameron Bure visit Hallmark Channel's "Home & 家庭" at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 17, 2020 在环球城, 加利福尼亚州. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)

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说话 华尔街日报 本月初, Bure said that her projects with GAF will differ from the increasingly inclusive content seen on her former network, the Hallmark Channel.

The conservative actress later responded to the criticism she faced with in a statement to PEOPLE on Nov. 16. “All of you who know me, know beyond question that I have great love and affection for all people. It absolutely breaks my heart that anyone would ever think I intentionally would want to offend and hurt anyone,” 她开始了.

The mother of three explained, “I am a devoted Christian. Which means that I believe that every human being bears the image of God. 因为那个, I am called to love all people, and I do. … My heart yearns to build bridges and bring people one step closer to God, to love others well, and to simply be a reflection of God’s huge love for all of us.

Bure said she also expressed in the 华尔街日报 interview thatpeople of all ethnicities and identities have and will continue to contribute to the network in great ways both in front of and behind the camera,” which she added is something she willencourage and fully support.But Bure said this part wasnot includedin the final story based on her interview.

Following the initial 华尔街日报 interview’s publication, disapproval quickly bubbled up online, with members and allies of Hollywood’s LGBTQ community speaking out, 包含 乔乔·西瓦 — who had a high-profile back-and-forth with Bure over the summer.

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“诚实地, 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+, but then also talk about it in the press,” wrote Siwa, 19, who has identified as queer since January 2021. “This is rude and hurtful to a whole community of people.

Hallmark star Jonathan Bennett also spoke with PEOPLE about his network’s move toward more inclusive storytelling during an appearance on the 人们每天 本月早些时候的播客.

What I love so much about Hallmark Channel is the care they take in the quality of telling the story, especially when it involves LGBTQ+ people, it’s handled with so much respect,” 这 贱女孩 演员, 41, 说过.

Emphasizing Hallmark’s commitment to elevating all voices both on camera and behind the scenes, Bennett added, “It’s just been an unwavering amount of support from the network on telling the story and wanting to tell it and letting us do it how we want.