Pop star lands role in new Hallmark film

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Lisa Loeb has had an unlikely rise to stardom, but nearly 30 years after the release of her first hit “Stay (I Missed You)” she’s proving she has serious staying power by continuing to release music, host a national radio show and be on the verge of it to appear in her first Hallmark Channel film.

In the early 90’s she said Genius, her neighbor Ben Stiller — then an aspiring actor and director — added Loeb’s song to the soundtrack of his new film, Reality Bites. While the 1994 film did reasonably well at the box office, the song was a smash hit and catapulted the singer-songwriter to pop star status. Nearly 30 years later, another meaningful song by Loeb appears in a new movie, alongside the singer herself, in Hallmark Channel’s “Hannukah on Rye,” which premieres December 18, 2022.


Lisa Loeb plays music teacher in a song contest in “Chanukkah On Rye”

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MarkLisa Loeb in Hanukkah on the Rye

Though 54-year-old Loeb may not be at the top of the pop charts today, the independent artist has used her talents to become a children’s Grammy winner, become a presenter on SiriusXM’s 90s on 9 channel and guest starring in many television shows, from Gossip Girl to Fuller House. you recently said the Emmys website Acting was actually her first love as an entertainer.

“I grew up more as an actress and actually studied it,” she said. “I became a musician for my career because it made me more successful.”

Loeb gets to show off her acting and musical skills in “Chanukkah on Rye,” when she performs her song “Light” while playing a music teacher in a small town. The film follows two delicatessen owners, played by Yael Grobglas and Jeremy Jordan, who don’t realize they own competing businesses while falling in love.

During a singing competition at one of the restaurants, Loeb has a role in Light, which she wrote a few years ago about the miracle of Hanukkah. But the star doesn’t play himself in the film.

She told the Emmys, “[The producers]really wanted to create that feeling of ordinary people coming together in this small community. And Lisa Loeb wouldn’t be a person living there.”


Lisa Loeb loves that her trademark film is set in Jewish delis

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MarkLisa Loeb Appears in Hallmark’s “Chanukkah On Rye”

Loeb, who is Jewish, said Aish that she’s always loved delis, so she was excited to be a part of a film that highlights her.

“I grew up in Dallas, Texas, and there were quite a few there,” she said. “When I was a kid, I used to travel with my family. That’s always where you want to relax and enjoy and not cook for the night. And eat lots of matzo balls and tuna sandwiches!”

She now frequents delis in Los Angeles with her husband and children, but she remembers they were also important meeting places for her when she moved to New York City after high school.

“I think delis are a great time to get together,” she explained. “When I got older and went to college, it was a fun place to go for brunch with some friends. And as a musician you have to spend a lot of time in delis until late at night! I remember thinking, “What a great place to go instead of going to a bar?!” I like that you can actually talk to each other and eat good food! I’d rather do that!”

Loeb said the new film is the perfect home for her song “Light,” which she wrote a few years ago when SiriusXM asked her if she wouldn’t mind writing a Hanukkah song to add to her holiday playlist .

“That was right up my alley because as a Jewish person and as a person interested in religion in general, I find it so interesting to find the essence of a holiday,” she told Aish.

“It is always important to find that light; The song has imagery common in Judaism,” Loeb explained. “This film seemed like the perfect place to sing it. It’s a snippet version, but you can get a feel for it.”

“Chanukkah On Rye” premieres December 18 at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific on Hallmark Channel.

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Brian Ashcraft

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