Jen­nifer Fin­ni­gan

OF ‘WEL­COME TO CHRIST­MAS’ ON HALL­MARK CHAN­NEL

Santa Fe New Mexican - - TASTY TV -

Since you’ve done hol­i­day movies be­fore, what was the ap­peal of “Wel­come to Christ­mas” for you? You know what? I’ve only done one other one, and that was about five years ago. It was a re­ally great ex­pe­ri­ence, and though they can be sim­i­lar, they also can be quite en­dear­ing and charm­ing. I guess you do search for el­e­ments that make them dif­fer­ent or unique, but the di­rec­tor here (Gary Har­vey) was some­one I had worked with two times be­fore, so I trusted him and liked him. Also, one week of shoot­ing this was out in this ski-moun­tain town in the in­te­rior of British Columbia, a place I’d never been to ... and prob­a­bly would never get to, if not for this movie, so I thought it would a fun lit­tle ad­ven­ture for my fam­ily. We spent (daugh­ter Ella Jack’s) first birth­day in this adorable lit­tle town, and they even put up this sign that said, “Thanks, Hall­mark, for giv­ing us that Christ­mas spirit!” You’re play­ing a high-pow­ered re­sort de­vel­oper here. Are there cer­tain el­e­ments you look for in tack­ling such a much-used theme as “Christ­mas movie”? If I’m go­ing to do one of these, I have to be able to do some com­edy – so I look for a char­ac­ter who’s sort of prickly or kind of a Grinch, some­body who goes through a jour­ney. Essen­tially, I want there to be some funny bits, be­cause I’ve been do­ing drama for so long. It’s nice to go for three weeks and do some light fare where I can just be silly and quirky.

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