Thanks to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.

By Abigail Wilt
April 02, 2018

When you first hear Poppy Drayton's voice, you'll notice that she has a distinctly un-Southern accent. But, that hasn't stopped the British actress from showing off her talents in a few Hallmark movies, including the channel's newest Southern flick, co-written by Kix Brooks: Home By Spring. Outside of Hallmark, however, Poppy has a pretty enviable role coming up – she's starring in The Little Mermaid, a live-action adaptation of the original film expected to be released in 2018. In the film, she plays a mermaid named Elizabeth. Magical, right?

Most of the film was shot in Savannah, Georgia, but Poppy clarifies that she wasn't holding her breath the whole time. "I did have scenes above ground, 'cause I know a lot of people are like, 'How did you do the whole thing under water?' And I'm like, 'Well, it wasn't completely under water." But, as all good mermaids do, Poppy took a trip down to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Spring Hill, Florida to get some tips from the pros.

"We shot down there for a day, and it was this beautiful, natural reserve. And you'd go under the water, and I'd be swimming, and there would be fish, real fish just swimming around me. And a turtle followed me. It was just chilling behind me. I was like, 'Hi little guy, keep going!' It was amazing."