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Erin Krakow is still standing behind her former co-star Lori Loughlin. The When Calls the Heart actor took to Instagram on July 28 to wish Loughlin a happy 56th birthday. In the post, Krakow, who plays Elizabeth Thornton on the series, called the other woman her “forever friend” and expressed her love for the disgraced Hallmark Channel star. 

Erin Krakow supports Lori Loughlin 

Lori Loughlin and Erin Krakow
Lori Loughlin and Erin Krakow | Paul Archuleta/Getty Images

Krakow’s recent post is not the first time she has voiced her support for Loughlin, who was fired from When Calls the Heart in March 2019 in the wake of the college admissions scandal. She sent similar birthday wishes to her former co-worker last year. In a 2019 interview with Entertainment Tonight, she called Loughlin her “best friend” and said it was “hard” not having her on the Hallmark Channel series. 

In May 2020, Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli pleaded guilty to paying bribes to ensure their two daughters were admitted to the University of Southern California. Sentencing is scheduled for August 21. She is facing two months in prison. 

Pascale Hutton also wished Loughlin a happy birthday

Krakow wasn’t the only When Calls the Heart cast member remembering Loughlin on her birthday. Pascale Hutton (Rosemary Coulter) also wished her well. “Happy birthday beautiful friend,” she wrote on Instagram. 

Several other prominent Hallmark Channel performers also expressed support for Loughlin. Holly Robinson Peete commented on Krakow’s post to wish Loughlin happy birthday, while Candace Cameron Bure replied with a string of heart emojis. 

Loughlin no longer has a public social media presence, so she didn’t respond to the birthday greetings. But her daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose Giannulli both commented on Krakow’s post, with Isabella writing “Love you Erin.” 

Many fans also commented on Krakow’s post to wish Loughlin a happy birthday. Several expressed how much they missed the Full House star’s character on When Calls the Heart and wrote that they wished she would return to the series. 

“Just got to the first episode of WCTH without her,” one wrote. “Not gonna lie…it’s not the same.”  

Loughlin’s character Abigail Stanton was abruptly written off of When Calls the Heart midway through season 6, shortly after she was charged in the Operation Varsity Blues case. 

Loughlin’s birthday celebration was low-key 


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With Loughlin’s sentencing less than a month away, she spent a “quiet birthday” at home with her husband and daughters, a source told E! News. Recently, she has been trying to “find peaceful moments” by practicing yoga or spending time with her children. 

“She is stressed about the sentencing and just wants it over with,” the source said. The couple are “nervous the judge won’t accept the plea deal,” the insider added. “There is so much up in the air, it’s hard to ever relax and not be anxious.”

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