AnnaLynne McCord co-stars with Mario Lopez in Lifetime in Feliz NaviDAD. HL spoke to her exclusively about why she loves “amazing” holiday movies, being a “Christmas hate for romantic movies.”
Merry Christmas is the latest holiday movie from Lifetime It’s a wonderful life lineup. The film premieres on November 21st. 8 p.m. The film follows David (Mario Lopezas), a secondary school principal whose daughter (Paulina Chavez) is ready for him to update his dating game. He meets Sophie (AnnaLynne McCord) and there is a direct link between them.
HollywoodLife talked to AnnaLynne Separately about the latest holiday novel before the film premiered. She annoyed Sophie and David’s love story and revealed what it was like filming between the COVID-19 pandemic. AnnaLynne admitted that she loves to make holiday movies for her mom and admitted that she used to be a “Christmas movie romance hate” but now she myli them. Read our questions and answers below.
Tell us a little about your role Merry Christmas and working with Mario Lopez.
AnnaLynne McCord: First of all, I really have to say that Lifetime is a hat for actually moving forward to inclusion and creating an incredible spread of diversity, not the kind of stereotypical stories you’ve seen in the past. They’re really just taking love stories this season and giving them a different foundation and different orientations. I think they did such an incredible job. So I have to say this first. Second, doing Merry Christmas was amazing because it’s literally my mom’s favorite song. I make Christmas movies for my mother. Working with Mario Lopez … I had a kind of conservative upbringing, so I was allowed to watch A small cottage on the prairie. It was so funny because my sisters and I saw the credits The bell was saved rolls into A small cottage on the prairie. We were not allowed to watch The bell was saved. But all my friends my age were. I feel like they did such a good job Merry Christmas to tell just a really funny, charming story of this father who clearly loved his wife and suffered a loss, and the holidays are always a difficult time for that. I think people will tie it, especially this year. His daughter is trying to get him back there and dating to get into the 21st century, and then we get each other. It’s just a hilarious Roma language that happens during the holidays.
What can you tease about Sophie and David’s relationship? What draws them to each other?
AnnaLynne McCord: What’s really fun about their duality is that it’s very vague about this new thing about dating. She doesn’t live in the city where he lives, so they kind of joke so much that they joke with each other that they will practice dating. They don’t take the relationship seriously, which meant the storyline was really charming. It was very unique. It wasn’t an obvious novel. Looks like they both said it would never work out. It’s a holiday movie so you can imagine what it might end up with, but there are really great dynamics when they don’t want to fall in love with each other and life goes on as always.
David really has a daughter. What is Sophie’s relationship with Noel?
AnnaLynne McCord: It’s really cute. I like it because I have a few of my stepfathers. You never know how you will succeed. Will I like them? I was very lucky to have a nice relationship with all four of my stepfathers. Noel is so focused on his father’s happiness. She wants to see her father’s smile and sees this connection between Sophie and David. She picks it up earlier than he does, so she builds a relationship with Sophie outside of her. There is a really cute connection. They are both interested in music, and Sophie becomes part of Noel’s school program. They kind of have their own little connection.
What do you like about making holiday movies?
AnnaLynne McCord: In a word, the first answer is I do it for my mother. I do this first for my mom. But after doing a couple of them, I’ll be very honest with you. I was a Christmas hater of romantic movies because I used to be very stuck. Love was not my thing. Once I figured out my anger issues, I now feel like these are the most amazing movies. As an actor, you want to make people feel something. You want to make people smile. You want to give joy to their lives, especially this year. We were one of the first DGA films to follow COVID, one of the first to allow filming. We have been in a closed place for the last three and a half months and seeing Santa and the Christmas trees, we were happy to be a part of it. We knew we would be in a hurry as soon as we were three months behind filming to get this and other movies Melissa Joan Hart co-directed with Lifetime so people can get used to making their movies they expect to see during Lifetime Christmas this holiday season. So honestly, specifically this year, it just made sense to do what I think will mean something to so many people who survived so much in 2020, at Home.
What was one of the first tracks after the COVID shutdowns?
AnnaLynne McCord: It was very awkward. It was definitely a mixed situation where we really wanted to tell this beautiful story, but there was this huge festival in history that was attended by a whole bunch of people. We had to change the circumstances because it was written before the COVID era, and in the middle of it we were curious. Adjustments had to be made. At the filming site, our doctor was from the Nevada Medical Board. The governor came to visit. We had unions visit the kit. Everyone was watching us like a hawk. The governor actually said, “If this film doesn’t work out, we won’t open the other two projects.” For the first time, we browsed the whole unprecedented question. I think we had our moments when production was closed. Things had to be re-evaluated and thankfully it didn’t last long. We managed to get back on track, but there was definitely a dichotomy when, on the one hand, we knew we were technically insignificant and, on the other hand, we knew we had to do everything we could to make the process run smoothly. Because art is necessary. At this point, we are actually adding value to people’s lives when they can sit down with their families, the families they are allowed to see during this period, and do what they are accustomed to doing each year to make them feel that not everything in the world has changed.