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Heather Locklear Is 'Best Friends' with Kristine Carlson, Who She Plays in Her New Lifetime Movie

Heather Locklear Is 'Best Friends' with Kristine Carlson, Who She Plays in Her New Lifetime Movie

Kristine Carlson is dishing on her friendship with Heather Locklear.

On Saturday, Lifetime will debut a biopic about the author and her late husband Dr. Richard Carlson called Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: The Kristine Carlson Story, which chronicles Kristine‘s decision to take over her husband’s brand after his death in 2006.

In a new interview with People, Kristine discussed her relationship with her late husband, as well as her friendship with Heather, who plays her in the movie.

Click inside to find out what she said…

“I think, ‘Well, nobody wants to be known for being a famous widow.’ That’s not the story that you want to be really known for,” she said of the movie. “On the other hand, what has always been paramount for me is to continue the legacy of my late husband’s work. Also, to inspire hope in people that are going through loss as well.”

Richard gained notoriety for his series Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and the books made him an expert on happiness and life balance. Kristine co-wrote two books with Richard before he died at a pulmonary embolism at age 45.

“Of all the things that happened in the movie, Richard and I did have a great, great love,” Kristine continued. “It was a beautiful friendship, partnership, but it had passion and all the right makings of a really wonderful marriage.”

Kristine says she is “forever grateful” to have had that kind of love in her life. She added that she’s only seen the first five minutes of the movie, but loves what she’s watched so far.

She said of the opening scene, which finds Heather as Kristine when she receives a phone call that her husband has passed away, “I feel bad, because I only had to live through that once, and poor Heather had to do that like 20 times.”

She continued, “That was very emotional when I saw that. And I think that they wanted me to see that, just so I would be prepared for it.”

The author also added that she and Heather have a “very similar personality.”

When I met her, I was like, ‘Oh, this is going to be easy for you to play me,’ ” she said. “She has a really, really quick wit, that woman. She is a really funny gal… She could do standup comedy, seriously.”

“I’m not that funny, and I’m not that quick witted, but I love to laugh. So we have that in common, that love of laughter. Also, what I really saw about Heather, which is very much like me, is she wears her heart completely open.”

Heather told the outlet in a separate interview, “The first time I met Kristine, we spent the night at her home. And then she came for my 60th birthday and stayed with me. She’s now one of my best friends.”

Kristine went on to say that she was surprised by the Melrose Place star’s down-to-earth attitude and added that the actress is “a lot more introverted than I would’ve expected.

“She has a lot of light,” she said. “She’s a very, very light, empathic, openhearted woman. I really have come to really respect, admire and adore her.”

Find out which star is producing the new movie

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: The Kristine Carlson Story is set to premiere on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime.

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