Julie Marie Berman may be best known as Lulu Spencer, the troubled, complicated daughter of Luke and Laura on General Hospital, but the actress’ real life is far less dramatic. Acting since the age of six, the Los Angeles, Calif. native graduated with a degree in Television & Cinema from USC and has been married to her real estate broker husband since 2008.
The 29-year-old, three-time Daytime Emmy winner has a new movie on Lifetime, The March Sisters At Christmas, a modern take on the classic Little Women. Julie talked exclusively with Celebrity Teen Scoop about her new role, some challenges she faced during filming, and the surprising things you might find her doing when she isn’t in front of the camera.
Celebrity Teen Scoop: Tell us about your role in The March Sisters At Christmas. What is the movie all about?
Julie: March Sisters is a sweet movie about four sisters overcoming personal obstacles through the process of rehabbing their family home. It’s set around the Christmas holiday making everything even more nostalgic and heart warming. The movie is based on the classic Little Women story, and I play the character of Jo, a woman with a gift for writing but lacking in matters of the heart.
CTS: What was it like working on set? Did you enjoy getting to know your co stars?
Julie: Working in Grafton, MA was a lot of fun. Our biggest challenge was playing snowy weather when in reality it was mid-summer. I’d tell myself, ‘don’t sweat…don’t sweat…the scene’s almost over’ but, nope, you’d see it on your co-star and you’d start feeling it. Pretty funny, but it was brutal.
I loved my co-stars. We all became very close right away, which is very rare. It was very hard to go our separate ways when we wrapped, and I think that bond is evident in the movie.
CTS: What has been your favorite role so far?
Julie: I have a special spot in my heart for my character Lulu Spencer on General Hospital because I’ve played her for over 7 years now. She’s a part of me forever, and I’m very attached to her little life on TV.
CTS: Who would be your dream co-star?
Julie: I think there’s a group of actors known for their incredible work ethic and they’re everyone’s choices, like Meryl Streep or Daniel Day Lewis. Kinda boring reading the same answers from every actor out there, but I love actors that love what they do. I want to work with people like that. It inspires me.
CTS: What’s a typical day when you’re not working on set?
Julie: I’m really not that interesting. I usually do things I haven’t had time to do while I’ve been working, like laundry or making a dentist appointment or something lame like that. I’m not riding around in a Bentley or taking a helicopter to the beach or anything else exciting like that. Doing dishes is a high point in my off day.
CTS: Do you have any other upcoming projects?
Julie: The only side project I have right now is a business I co-founded called Better Buddies where we make eco-friendly pet products and give 10% back to Best Friends Animal Society! You can check it out at www.betterbuddies.com.
CTS: Do you have any fun plans for the holiday season?
Julie: I’m thinking of visiting New York over the Christmas holiday. I love that city and think it would be fun to see it all decked out for the season. Little bit more seasonally festive than California, you know?
The March Sisters At Christmas airs on Fri. Nov. 30 at 8pm ET/PT, Sat. Dec. 1 at 12am ET/PT & Mon. Dec. 10 at 8pm ET/PT on Lifetime.