Reflecting on her role as Dr. Cara Castillo on All My Children, she noted:
I really loved her strength and her relationship with her brother [Griffin]. You’re lucky if you have someone you can lean on like that.
In her opinion, fellow doc - and ex - Jake Martin (Ricky Paull Goldin) was Cara's one and only. She said he was "definitely the real deal for Cara — 100 percent!" She added:
That was her love, the one that she was supposed to be with no matter what.
Hartley has turned her hand to writing, stating:
I’ve sold and produced seven screenplays and have two more in development.
But she's also starred in a handful of Lifetime movies, including A Sister's Obsession (2018).
She even directed Mommy Is a Murderer. For that last responsibility, Hartley harkened back to her soap skills, saying:
I’d put all this work into it, so I was really prepared. I drew maps, sketches, pictures… Every director has their own way of doing things or their own style. I thought, ‘I don’t know what my style is,’ so I used a lot of how I blocked my scenes during my soap days.