A cable-movie staple celebrates the yuletide again
Q: In “Christmas Cupcakes,” you play one of two sisters who become involved in a seasonal competition to save their family’s bakery. Do you actually bake?
A: Oh, my gosh … I am so not a baker! Cooking is a passion of mine, but baking involves chemistry, and I don’t do chemistry. We had an amazing baker who was on the set, kind of advising us; she would preset the cupcakes and the bread that were a big part of the story, because that’s what our characters’ father is known for.
It was actually quite nice to learn from her. I can’t say that I’ve picked it up since we shot the movie, but I appreciate the time and effort that goes into baking. And I do enjoy the end result if someone else makes it.
Q: What do you look for in doing a Christmas project?
A: I absolutely love Christmas. It’s always been my favorite holiday, hands-down, so anything Christmas-themed already appeals to me. I also like stories about family and how things come together; I ask, does the movie bring together what I believe the Christmas spirit to be?
At the end of the day, any of the holidays is about bringing people together and having them have moments of enlightenment. That’s what I love in any story, but specifically in a holiday story.
Q: You’re also in the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries film “A Godwink Christmas: Meant for Love” this season. These aren’t the first holiday movies you’ve made, but how do you feel about representing this time of year so much?
A: We shot “Christmas Cupcakes” at the beginning of last year, so I wasn’t sure that it would air this year. And with the fact that (the two new films’ premieres) fall on the same weekend, I thought, “What are the chances of that?” I’m into it, though.
Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.