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In play­ing a re­porter seek­ing the anony­mous do-gooder who stages “Ran­dom Acts of Christ­mas,” you’re con­tin­u­ing the streak of hol­i­day tales you’ve made for ca­ble in re­cent years, also in­clud­ing “Sleigh Bells Ring” and “Last Ver­mont Christ­mas.” What keeps you com­ing back to the genre?

With all of my projects, but es­pe­cially with hol­i­day movies, I just look for au­then­tic­ity ... how the per­son re­acts and grows. I love telling sto­ries that are lovely and sweet and fun, and that touch peo­ple. With this one, it’s a height­ened re­al­ity and as­pi­ra­tional, but we did try to make it as grounded as pos­si­ble.

How did the pro­duc­tion of “Ran­dom Acts of Christ­mas” go for you?

It’s al­ways so lovely film­ing in Canada. Even when it’s sum­mer, it some­times can feel chilly, and that’s what hap­pened with this. On some days, it was so hot – but on oth­ers, it was like, “Bring us more clothes!” I would say 2/3 of the hol­i­day movies I’ve made were done in Canada, and it does feel like a sec­ond home to me, Van­cou­ver in par­tic­u­lar. I love it there.

With Ja­clyn Smith and Pa­trick Duffy also in the new film, you had a cou­ple of true act­ing vet­er­ans by your side. How did you find work­ing with them?

Oh, my gosh. I can­not say enough what a joy and a gift and an honor it was to work with both of those peo­ple. They are mag­nif­i­cent ac­tors and mag­nif­i­cent hu­mans.

Pa­trick and I have be­come to­tal, le­git­i­mate bud­dies. My hus­band and I have been to din­ner with him mul­ti­ple times, and he has be­come like fam­ily to us. And get­ting to play Ja­clyn Smith’s daugh­ter? I mean, come on! If you had told me that would hap­pen years ago, I would have been like, “Nooo!” Fun­nily enough, I did an indie film ear­lier this year (“Loren and Rose”) and played Jac­que­line Bis­set’s daugh­ter ... so I’m like, “What is go­ing on?”

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