By: Kat Harlton
All Media Courtesy of Crown Media United States LLC
Brooke D’Orsay , Daniel Lissing and Mary-Margaret Humes star in “Christmas in Love” a new, original movie premiering Sunday, November 11, (8 p.m. ET/PT) on Hallmark Channel as part of the network’s #1-rated programming event ‘Countdown To Christmas’
About The Movie:
Ellie Hartman (D’Orsay) is an aspiring crafter working in her small town’s bakery making famous Christmas Kringles. When the new, big-city CEO Nick Carlingson (Lissing) visits the bakery, he arrives filled with modernization ideas destined to lay off many employees. During his visit, Ellie is to teach Nick how to make a Kringle, and determined to show him it’s the people who make the business a success, not machines. Nick meets more of the employees and townspeople, visits the food bank and begins to see all the kindness that is shared, and he begins to soften – though not convinced automation isn’t better.
Struggling with chasing her own entrepreneurial dreams, Ellie begins to fall for Nick but not before feeling betrayed when she inadvertently sees Nick’s laptop filled with automation plans. When Nick finally tells the employees his future ideas for the company, Ellie must decide if she should trust him, but more importantly, whether or not to take a leap of faith in making her own dreams come true.
We had the opportunity to catch up with star Brooke D’Orsay and talk about her role, her ideal holiday party, and what she hopes fans take with them from the movie.
Kat: Was there anything challenging about bringing this script to life?
Brooke: The reason I love doing Hallmark movies is due to the good-hearted nature of the stories. I wouldn’t say there was anything particularly challenging about this script, other than making sure the chemistry between my character and Daniel’s character stayed strong, despite the fact that they were on opposite ends of the spectrum for a large portion of the movie. Daniel’s character was all about the money and mine was all about the people. We had to walk a fine line of making sure we were true to our characters, yet still find moments of connection.
Kat: What do you hope the fans will take with them from the story?
Brooke: I hope fans will be feel the depths of their importance, and be reminded that as people, we are not replaceable. Machines should never replace us. Our ability to love and care for each other is what makes life worth living.
Kat: Do you have a favorite holiday treat?
Brooke: Nanaimo bars. 😋 They aren’t really a holiday treat but somehow they seem to only show up in my world around the holidays so I’m going with that!
Kat: What would be your ideal Christmas party?
Brooke: A Christmas campfire sing along. Nothing makes me happier than people singing together. And singing badly at times too! Always a good laugh.
Kat: Which gift did you want as a child but never got?
Brooke: Wow.Good question.To be honest, I’m not sure if I didn’t ask for much, or if my parents were just especially generous, but there isn’t anything that sticks out. Oh. Wait. I think when I was 8 I may have asked for a pig. Don’t know why I didn’t get that one!🤷🏼♀️