HGTV has recruited Hilary Farr for her first foray into Christmas movies. The Love It or List It host will star in the upcoming Designing Christmas.
Before the premiere, the actress became an interior designer said PopCulture.com that returning to acting was an “unexpected” but “wonderful” experience.
“I hesitated when I was first asked,” Farr told the outlet. The former actress quipped, “First of all, I haven’t had to learn lines in 1,000 years.”
But meeting the production team of Designing Christmas won her over. The film follows the hosts of an HGTV-style renovation series.
“HGTV is such a comfortable place for people. It’s ambitious, but it’s also comfortable,” the Tough Love host told PopCulture.com. “Very clever, [‘Designing Christmas’ is] still in the atmosphere and arena that is HGTV. … It’s not sugary in any way, it just feels true and real.”
The film follows House Sweet Home hosts Stella (Jessica Szohr) and Pablo (Marco Grazzini). According to a press release, in a “last minute production change”, they decide to renovate Stella’s new home and bring their wedding forward for the Christmas special. But Stella and Pablo’s working relationship becomes “complicated” as they work overtime to get everything done, prompting Stella to confide in her mentor Freddy (Hilary Farr).
Jessica Szohr also shared her enthusiasm for the film. “I’m honored and excited to be a part of this,” the Gossip Girl alum told PopCulture.com. “Christmas is my favorite time of the year [and] I find the story we told quite charming and funny.”
“Put everything together [and] There’s something about this movie that’s different,” Farr told PopCulture.com.
“Designing Christmas” is not Hilary Farr’s first acting role
Farr is no stranger to acting, with a handful of film and television roles in the 1970s and 1980s.
According to IMDbHer filmography includes A Man Called Intrepid, City on Fire and The Return. Most notably though, she had a small role in the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show.
As the bride, Betty Munroe, Farr explains, “Okay, guys, that’s it! Ready?” before Janet, played by lead actress Susan Sarandon, catches her bouquet.
“It’s an amazing fun fact,” Farr said PopSugar in 2020. “It came about because — as a family — we lived right under Tim Curry.” According to the publication, the role was created for her.
Ben & Erin Napier Star in ‘A Christmas Open House’
Like Farr, Ben and Erin Napier are trying their hand at acting. The “hometown” hosts the star in HGTV’s other Christmas movie, A Christmas Open House.
The film “follows the story of Atlanta real estate agent Melissa Norwood (Katie Stevens) as she teams up with her old high school crush, real estate agent David Phelps (Victor Rasuk), and local artists Henry and Sarah Wright (Ben and Erin Napier). to prepare and sell her mother’s house before the holidays,” according to the official description. “As the excitement builds over the holiday period, so does a romance between Melissa and David, but their different goals could be a deal breaker for their new relationship.”
Erin shared a behind-the-scenes look at her role on Instagram.
“We shot our parts in Laurel over 3 days in August when the maximum temperature was 103C, so you all must know how sweaty we seem to be here.” She wrote. “It’s a renovation story within a love story within a Christmas story (and it honestly looks pretty cute)”
Designing Christmas and A Christmas Open House both premiere on Discovery+ on November 11, 2022.
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