Bailey Chase has portrayed characters that run the gamut.
With each role, Chase looks for a challenge.
For his role in the Netflix film “Walk. Ride. Rodeo.,” Chase thought it would be fun to play a father because it’s something he knows about.
The film tells the story of Amberley Snyder, who at 19 and a nationally ranked rodeo barrel racer, barely survives a car crash that leaves her paralyzed from the waist down.
Her doctors say she will never walk again, let alone ride.
Snyder, played by Spencer Locke, sets out to overcome her prognosis, being back on her horse just 18 months later.
The film began to stream on Netflix on Friday.
Chase, a father of three, was also drawn to the powerful story of hope and determination.
“I’m getting a chance to play some ‘dad’ roles now,” he says with a laugh. “This role challenged me to go to the place of a father. I tried to challenge myself of how I would handle this if it were happening to one of my children. It was intense to go there.”
According to the New Mexico Film Office, the production filmed in Española, Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
Production took place from the end of July through mid-August.
It employed 60 New Mexico crew members, 20 New Mexico actors and 350 New Mexico background talent.
Chase has a long history with New Mexico.
He starred in “Longmire” as Branch Connally for 33 episodes beginning in 2012.
Coming back to New Mexico for three weeks was a treat.
“My first child was born in New Mexico while I was shooting ‘Longmire,’ ” he says. “It’s a special place for me and any chance I get to come back to work is amazing.”
While in Santa Fe, Chase visited his old haunts such as Maria’s, La Choza and The Compound.
“I’d also go hike on a trail near Ski Santa Fe,” he says. “I always have fun coming back to see all my old spots and the people. I’m lucky in that New Mexicans really embraced me and I take the time to chat with them when I get the chance.”
Chase will be back in New Mexico in the fall for another production.
He wants to encourage the Longmire Nation to check out the film.
“This film lives in the world of rural America,” he says. “We can take a lot of things for granted. A story like this can happen to any of us at any time. What’s great about Amberley’s story is what the power of a positive attitude can create.”
“Walk. Ride. Rodeo.” is written by Sean Dwyer and Greg Cope White.
The film is directed by Conor Allyn along with producers Elizabeth Cullen and Dwyer.
“We are incredibly blessed to have our story’s inspiring real life heroine Amberley Snyder so intimately involved in both the development of the script and the physical production of our film,” Allyn says in a statement. “People are going to be impressed. It doesn’t get more real than what they are going to see here.”
The film also stars Missi Pyle and Sherri Shepherd.