Brook Kerr portrayed the emotionally tortured Whitney Russell on Passions for eight years, but now she has a more upbeat role in the upcoming Hallmark Channel movie, “Flower Girl.”

Kerr plays the lead character’s best friend, Brook, in the movie about a florist looking for Mr. Right. “Flower Girl” also stars Marla Sokoloff (“The Practice”) and Marion Ross (“Happy Days”).

I recently spoke with Brook, who enjoyed lightening up a bit.

“I had a lot of fun. It was interesting coming from the whole soap thing… it was interesting because I was playing the character who actually kind of had it all: the marriage, the life, the wedding; everything was going according to ‘plan’ and the other actress was someone who, things aren’t working out for her, so she’s the one who had to do all the ‘emotional heavy lifting’. I was just happy, which was actually fun for a change, not having some deep dark secret,” she laughed. “No brother I didn’t know about that I’m in love with or anything like that.”

Describing her “Flower Girl” character further, Kerr explained, “She’s the quintessential positive girly girl, you know. There’s always a girl in the group who wants to be the one to organize the bridal shower, or to tell you the best places to go, or what you should do with your life. I think I’m that and me and the other character are really good friends and I’m trying to give her advice, which doesn’t seem to be working and you know, that kind of deal.”

A running theme in the movie is the belief in love at first sight, which Kerr, who is married, subscribes to. “I definitely think that’s right,” she declared. “My husband, as soon as I like smelled him, I was just in total comfort. I knew that we got it. I didn’t know if it was going to be marriage or whatever, but there was definitely something there that first night.”

Aside from “Flower Girl,” since leaving Passions, Brook has guest starred on a few Primetime TV series, as well as done some commercials. She has also gone behind the scenes by working on the production end of a couple projects she’s involved in, including a travel show and a movie. She wasn’t ready to talk about those projects just yet, but shared, “It’s really exciting to actually start something in the very beginning and then see it kind of build and grow. It’s really exciting.”