Exclusive: An Interview With Julie Ann Emery From UPtv’s “Christmas On The Coast” (2018)

By: Kat Harlton
All Media Courtesy of  UP Entertainment 

UPtv recently released their list of new movies for the 2018 holiday season, which includes seven U.S. premiere movies.

Premiering on Sunday, November 18th at 7 pm ET is “Christmas On The Coast” starring Julie Ann EmeryBurgess Jenkins, and Bonnie Bedelia.

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About The Movie:

Hard-hearted New York novelist Dru Cassadine, who is known for her holiday romance stories, is desperate to get her mojo back after a string of flops. Deciding that a change of scenery will get her creative juices flowing, she heads home for Christmas to Harbor Point, South Carolina, where she uses the quirky small-town characters as inspiration for her new book. But when she meets handsome widower Brysen Flynn, she finds that she just may be writing her own love story.

We had the opportunity to catch up with star Julie Ann Emery and discuss her role, the best Christmas present she’s ever received and holiday traditions.

Kat: Was there anything about your role that was particularly challenging?

Julie: The sheer size of the role was both fun and challenging. There are only a couple of scenes I’m not in, which meant (much like Dru in the movie) I was always up against a deadline to get my character work done and learn scenes. I also came to Christmas on the Coast directly from another project, so my prep time for the movie was incredibly short. Aside from that, working with Burgess Jenkins was a real chore (I’m kidding, he is lovely and a terrific scene partner)

Kat: What was your favorite scene to shoot and why? (without giving away spoilers)

Julie: Riding the bicycle while holding the dress over my head. Took some coordination, but a completely fun day. Honestly, our cast truly enjoyed each other, our crew was hard working but VERY fun, and director Gary Wheeler and DP Brent Christy set a fun and wonderful tone on set. Every day on this set was great.

Kat: Do you or your family have any special holiday traditions?

Julie: My husband and I love to bake massive amounts of Christmas cookies, and I watch Christmas movies on rotation while I bake. One of my favorite things is to listen to the DVD commentary while I watch classic Christmas films that I know well. Rosemary Clooney does an AMAZING commentary on the White Christmas DVD. When my family is all together, my Mom demands I play Christmas carols on the piano at some point and everyone sings.

Kat: What is the best Christmas present you’ve ever received?

Julie: I started piano lessons when I was 7 on an old upright saloon piano my Mom got for $100. Lots of keys didn’t work, the pedals didn’t function properly. But Momma promised if I kept at it for a year she would get me a better one. Two years later I woke up on Christmas morning to a (new to me) beautiful Kimball piano. I still don’t know how she did it. She saved the money, got these guys to deliver it after we went to bed. It had a big bow on it right by the tree. I still have that piano. It has travelled all over the country with me.

Kat: What do you hope fans take away from the movie?

Julie: That no matter where you live, how far you travel, or how your life turns out; your past, your family, and your home are always with you.

Don’t miss Christmas On The CoastSunday, November 18th at 7 pm ET!

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