Whether she's flying to Vancouver to shoot a movie or staying close to home to foster love through her animal rescue, Lawson's name is making headlines for all the right reasons.
Tonight, fans will have the opportunity to catch Lawson in her first Hallmark movie, My Favorite Wedding. She says the script immediately caught her eye because it was written by her Psych co-star's (Kirsten Nelson) husband. She also loved that Psych Director Mel Damski was directing the feature film for Hallmark.
Connections aside, she felt the script was genuine.
"I liked the banter," Lawson said. "I thought the back and forth between the lead characters was smart and funny. I like that it is genuinely a romantic comedy. As you know, I like comedy. ... I think we will have done our job if Hallmark fans take two hours off from life and enjoy the movie."
In the film, Lawson plays Tess, who is busy planning her best friend's wedding. Tess soon has to work closely with the groom's best friend, Michael, portrayed by actor Paul Greene, and the two soon develop a connection, against all odds.
My Favorite Wedding was filmed in Vancouver, Canada, and despite some rainy days, Lawson said their shooting locations were spectacular.
"We shot mostly outside of Vancouver at this beautiful golf course. The sunsets were breathtaking, when we could see them. It was raining sideways a lot of the shoot," Lawson said. "I tend to like locations that happen to be near a Starbucks the most." (Lawson has never been a stranger about her love for coffee and all things Starbucks.)
Aside from My Favorite Wedding, fans will soon be able to enjoy her recent role on The Ranch. Lawson said she did a seven episode run on the Netflix series.
The show features That '70s Show stars Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson, and is set on a Colorado ranch. Despite the southern accents of all the main characters, Lawson said she didn't get to draw from her southern roots of Louisville, Kentucky, for the role.
"The accents on the show are great, but my character doesn't have one, so I was a little bummed I didn't get to use my Kentucky accent," Lawson said.
She did, however, enjoy her character's moments of free spirit.
"There is a scene, I think it's in my second episode, where I go to visit Rooster (Danny Masterson) in the saloon, and I drink a little too much and go off about something. It was fun to play drunk and angry. I don't know what that says about me though," Lawson said with a laugh. "There is a line at the end of that scene that I had a hard time getting through without laughing."
When Lawson steps away from the spotlight, she can be found making a difference in the lives of animals and people in her community through her animal rescue, The Tiger Frances Foundation (TTFF). Since she founded the rescue with her friend, Jude McVay, in 2013, they have rescued a number of animals in need, from dogs to an iguana, and they started a program close to their heart, Love on Paws.
Through Love on Paws, Lawson and McVay connect their rescued animals with children and adults to develop meaningful, healing bonds. Aside from their work with School on Wheels, a program that tutors homeless youth from Los Angeles' Skid Row, TTFF recently announced their partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and they are launching a special app called Furry Gurus to help raise money to expand their efforts.
"I can reveal that the app is really fun. It might help you answer some difficult questions, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to TTFF," Lawson said.
The app will be released in the coming months.
Lawson also has an ongoing relationship with DogTV, which provides educational programming for dog owners and programs scientifically designed for a dog's viewing pleasure. DogTV's newest project, The Adoption Show, features dogs from across the United States in need on adoption, and Lawson is currently hosting the episodes, which air each Friday.
From day one of discovering DogTV, Lawson said she knew it was a special project.
"My friend, Rebecca, told me that she had discovered a channel on DirecTV called DogTV. It was TV scientifically designed for dogs, to keep them comfy when you are away from them. Naturally, I was all for this," she said. "I noticed that it was very peaceful to leave on in the background all day, and there were times that my dogs would pop up and listen for a while or interact with what was happening on the TV."
Lawson said she thought using rescue dogs on DogTV's programming was a great idea, so she reached out to the concept's creator, Ron Levi.
"We hit it off immediately on the phone, and I started working with DogTV, hosting Dogstar for them. Ron started using rescues on DogTV, and that led to The Adoption Show. He asked me to host, and of course, I said yes," she said. "They are doing great things at DogTV, and the fact that they have partnered with Comcast now and this adoption show is going wide is huge. We are hoping to find lots of animals homes. Every week dogs up for adoption will be featured from different areas of the United States. This is wonderful because it gives everyone the opportunity to get to know a dog a little better and get to know more about fostering, and rescue in general. I am really excited, honored to be a part of this."
Lawson's most recent work is a love letter to fans of the USA Network series Psych. After four years since the beloved series went off air, the actors reunited last month in Canada to film Psych: The Movie, which will air this December. Lawson played Detective Juliet O'Hara on the series.
While none of the plot has been revealed, the cast shared moments from shooting to illustrate the movie will not lean far from Psych's traditional shenanigans.
Fans did learn that Psych actor Timothy Omundson (Detective Carlton Lassiter on the series) suffered a stroke, prior to shooting. Lawson said that Omundson will soon shoot his scenes for the movie in Los Angeles, following his recovery. She said it was difficult to film in Canada without her Psych partner, but she's eager to reunite with him on-screen soon.
"He is rehabbing the shit out of it. He is a warrior, a true warrior," she said.
Lawson said it didn't take long to channel Juliet's fiery, yet grounded personality again when filming for the movie commenced.
"I was really rusty the first day," Lawson said laughing. "It took me a minute to lock in, as [creator] Steve Franks would say, but we got there."
"As far as the movie and old times? Other than missing the shit out of Tim, yes, it was a really wonderful reunion," she said. We are all good friends anyway, so we see each other, but to be playing the characters and stepping into that space again, it felt a little like coming home."
My Favorite Wedding will air tonight on the Hallmark Channel at 9/8c. Maggie Lawson can be found on Twitter, @maggielawson. For more information about The Tiger Frances Foundation, visit www.tigerfrances.org.
Photo credit: Maggie Lawson, Hallmark Channel, DogTV and The Tiger Frances Foundation.
Maggie Lawson plays Tess in the new Hallmark movie, "My Favorite Wedding."
Maggie Lawson (Tess) and Paul Greene (Michael) in "My Favorite Wedding."
Lawson and Greene during a scene for "My Favorite Wedding."
The Tiger Frances Foundation's new app, Furry Gurus. Lawson's late dog, Tristen, is the face of the app.
Maggie Lawson is currently hosting DogTV's "The Adoption Show."
Maggie Lawson and Ron Levi discussing DogTV's "The Adoption Show."
Maggie Lawson with "Psych" cast members Kirsten Nelson, James Roday, Dulé Hill and creator Steve Franks.