If you’re still curious as to why Hope McCrea was away for the most of the third season of Virgin River, you’ve come to the correct spot.
Annette O’Toole (Hope) recently got down with PureWow for an exclusive chat about season 4 of Virgin River. After announcing that her character will return for the upcoming edition, the 70-year-old actress revealed why her role in the third season was diminished.
O’Toole told PureWow, “I really wanted to return, but it was contingent on this terrible COVID travel arrangement.” It was fear of being separated from my family, not fear of the virus or anything like.
As you may recall, Hope was absent for the most of the third season of Virgin River. She periodically participated in video conversations with Doc (Tim Matheson) and later was involved in a vehicle accident while returning to Virgin River.
Due to the fact that the third season was shot during the coronavirus outbreak, Netflix restricted access to the set. After self-quarantining, the actors and crew were not permitted to exit the “bubble” or receive guests until filming was complete. Many believed Hope did not make the cut (due to her lack of cameos). But according to O’Toole, reducing Hope’s screen time in season 3 of Virgin River was a personal decision.
She stated, “I truly missed being there, and I just adore being a part of the cast and staff of the program. Season four will just be more intense. There will be many questions addressed, but even more will be given.