AnnaLynne McCord stars with Mario Lopez within the Lifetime film ‘Feliz NaviDAD.’ HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with together with her about why she loves ‘fantastic’ vacation movies after being a ‘Christmas romance film hater.’
Feliz NaviDAD is the most recent vacation movie from Lifetime’s It’s A Wonderful Lifetime lineup. The film premieres Nov. 21 at eight p.m. The movie follows David (Mario Lopez), a highschool principal whose daughter (Paulina Chavez) is prepared for him to up his courting sport. He meets Sophie (AnnaLynne McCord), and there’s an instantaneous connection between them.
HollywoodLife talked EXCLUSIVELY with AnnaLynne forward of the film’s premiere about her newest vacation romance. She teased Sophie and David’s love story and revealed what it was like filming amid the COVID-19 pandemic. AnnaLynne admitted that she loves doing vacation movies due to her mom and confessed she was once a “Christmas film romance hater,” however now she loves them. Learn our Q&A beneath.
Inform me a bit of bit about your function in Feliz NaviDAD and dealing with Mario Lopez.
AnnaLynne McCord: First, I actually must say hats off to Lifetime for simply actually going the gap so far as inclusion and creating simply an unbelievable unfold of variety and never these sorts of stereotypical tales you’ve seen previously. They actually simply take the love tales of the season and provides them totally different backgrounds and totally different orientations. I feel they did such an unbelievable job. So I’ve to say that at the start. Secondly, doing Feliz NaviDAD was superb, as a result of that is actually my mother’s favourite music ever. The rationale I do Christmas movies is due to my mom. Working with Mario Lopez…I had form of a conservative upbringing, so I used to be allowed to look at Little Home on the Prairie. It was so humorous as a result of my sisters and I’d see the credit for Saved by the Bell rolling into Little Home on the Prairie. We weren’t allowed to look at Saved by the Bell. However all of my girlfriends my age had been. I really feel like they did such a very good job with Feliz NaviDAD to inform only a actually humorous, charming story of this dad who clearly beloved his spouse and skilled loss, and the vacations are at all times a tough time for that. I feel folks will relate to that, particularly this yr. His daughter is making an attempt to get him again on the market and get him into the 21st century on a courting app, after which we upon one another. It’s only a enjoyable rom-com that’s set within the holidays.
What are you able to tease about Sophie and David’s relationship? What attracts them to one another?
AnnaLynne McCord: The actually enjoyable dichotomy between them is that he’s very unsure about this entire new courting factor. She doesn’t dwell within the city that he lives in, in order that they form of hit it off on this joking means with one another that they’re going to observe courting with one another. They’re not taking the connection severely, which is what I believed was actually charming concerning the storyline. It was very distinctive. It wasn’t an overt romance. It was form of like they had been each saying that this was by no means going to work out. It’s a vacation movie, so you’ll be able to think about the way it would possibly finish, however there’s a extremely nice dynamic the place they’re not eager to fall in love with one another and life occurs, because it at all times does.
David does have a daughter. What’s Sophie’s relationship like with Noel?
AnnaLynne McCord: It’s actually cute. I really like this as a result of I’ve some stepkids of my very own. You by no means know the way it’s going to work out. Are they going to love me? I’m very fortunate to have stunning relationships with all 4 of my stepkids. Noel is so centered on her dad’s happiness. She desires to see her father’s smile, and he or she sees this connection constructing between Sophie and David. She picks up on it earlier than he does, so she form of builds a relationship with Sophie exterior of that. There’s a actually candy connection. They each share an curiosity in music, and Sophie turns into part of Noel’s college program. They form of have their very own little connection.
What do you’re keen on about doing vacation movies?
AnnaLynne McCord: Actually, the primary reply is I do it for my mother. I do it for my mother, at the start. However after that, after doing a few them, I’ll be very trustworthy with you. I used to be a Christmas romance film hater as a result of I was tremendous jaded. Love was not my factor. As soon as I discovered my anger points, I now really feel like these are essentially the most fantastic movies. As an actor, you wish to make folks really feel one thing. You wish to make folks smile. You wish to deliver pleasure into their lives, particularly this yr. We had been like one of many first movies from DGA following COVID, one of many first ones allowed to movie. We’d been in lockdown for the final three and a half months, and to see Santa Claus and Christmas timber, it made us joyful to be part of this. We knew that we had been going to rush as quick as we may as a result of we had been three months behind on filming to get this movie out and the opposite movies that Melissa Joan Hart was directing with Lifetime so that individuals may have some sense of normalcy this vacation season with their movies that they count on to see with Lifetime for Christmas. So actually, particularly this yr, it was simply significant to do one thing that I really feel like will imply one thing within the houses of so many individuals who’ve gone by means of a lot in 2020.
What was it like on set being one of many first productions again after the COVID shutdowns?
AnnaLynne McCord: It was very difficult. There was positively a combined state of affairs the place we actually wished to inform this stunning story, however the story had this large pageant with an entire bunch of individuals. We needed to change issues round as a result of it was written for a pre-COVID period, and we had been smack dab in the midst of it. There have been changes that needed to be made. On the set, our medic was from the Medical Board of Nevada. The governor came visiting set. We had the unions come go to the set. Everybody was watching us like a hawk. The governor truly mentioned, “If issues don’t go properly with this movie, we’re not opening up the 2 different tasks.” We actually had been navigating this entire unprecedented difficulty for the primary time. I feel that we had our moments the place manufacturing acquired shut down. Issues needed to be reassessed and fortunately didn’t final very lengthy. We had been capable of get again on observe, however there was positively a dichotomy of actually realizing on the one facet that we’re technically nonessential and realizing on the opposite facet that now we have to do every little thing we will to make this course of go easily. As a result of artwork is important. In a time like this, we actually do add worth to folks’s lives after they can sit down with their households, the households that they’re allowed to see on this interval and do one thing that they’re used to doing yearly to make them really feel that not every little thing on the planet has modified.