Jana Kramer helps stage ‘The Holiday Fix Up’

Singer-actress also is an executive producer of her latest Lifetime movie

Jana Kramer of ‘The Holiday Fix Up’ Saturday on Lifetime

Q: Your character in “The Holiday Fix Up” is a do-it-yourself personality who uses social media extensively in her job. You have a strong online presence yourself, so did you always intend to build that into your role?

A: My whole entire life is social media, so that was kind of fun to do that. But also, I think we showed how it can bring people together. For me personally, what I took away from the movie the most is actually about putting the phone down … back in the day when we didn’t have cell phones, and we were able to just disconnect and be in a room together and not be glued to Instagram or the phone.

That’s what I took away from it the most, having that distraction away to really just be present with the people in front of me. That’s something that I would like to lean more into.

Q: You’ve made a number of holiday movies out of season, but how was it to film this one?

A: We had a few hot days, but the days that we were outside, I felt like we were blessed with not-too-hot ones. I think there was only one day when I was like, “I think I might pass out.” But it didn’t matter if it was sunny or not, Ryan (McPartlin, Kramer’s leading man and fellow executive producer) was going to always have a fan. I mean, that man sweats so much … .

Q: Maria Menounos also appears in “The Holiday Fix Up.” She’s known principally as a host and interviewer, so what did you see in her for her to act in this?

A: I was like, “Oh, that’s going to be easy to play best friends with her,” because every time I see her, I feel like she’s such a close friend. And then with Ryan, it’s like we had that brother-sister, fun banter. It’s that good energy, so that part was really easy, to have the chemistry. We were all teammates together.

Jay Bobbin

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.

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