*Actor Adrian Holmes joins forces with Hollywood veteran Holly Robinson Peete to spread some holiday cheer with Hallmark Channel’s “The Christmas Doctor.”
The heartwarming story centers on a Zoey, a traveling doctor who prefers short assignments to staying put, so when she is assigned to a small town clinic for the holidays, she is surprised when she starts to feel at home.
Holmes describes this holiday tale as a very grounded, “tearjerker” with a “beautiful twist.”
“It’s such a well written movie that pays homage to our Frontline workers, the real heroes that have done so much for us especially in these times,” Holmes tells EURweb’s Ny MaGee. “I’m proud of that aspect of it. There’s also some nice flashback scenes of her in Afghanistan as she was a doctor in the war. There’s a beautiful plot twist as well that’s quite the tearjerker… very heartfelt. I love it and think everyone’s going to be really moved by it.”
Get into our full Q&A below with Adrian Holmes.
Tell us about the character you play in The Christmas Doctor.
Adrian Holmes: I play Luke Barnes, a local engineer and graphic designer. He’s a father to an 18 year old girl name Lily, who’s getting ready to go off to college. I’m the guy in town who does all the graphic design for the various different companies. It’s a small cozy town where everyone knows everyone and looks out for one another. Holly’s character, Zoey comes to town as a locum tenant when our town doctor falls ill and has to have surgery. Zoey ends up renting out my family house for the duration of her stay. From there our characters start to get acquainted and take a liking to each other.
It’s such a well written movie that pays homage to our Frontline workers, the real heroes that have done so much for us especially in these times. I’m proud of that aspect of it. There’s also some nice flashback scenes of her in Afghanistan as she was a doctor in the war. There’s a beautiful plot twist as well that’s quite the tearjerker… very heartfelt. I love it and think everyone’s going to be really moved by it.
I think another beautiful aspect of the story is that it explores this single Black father and his relationship with his teen daughter.
Adrian Holmes: Absolutely. A lot of people can relate to that. He’s recently divorced, and feels conflicted that he has created a broken family for his daughter. Luke is doing everything he can to keep the bond between him and his daughter as strong and healthy as possible. He wants the very best for her and does everything he can to provide for her. He’s a grounded character with a lot of integrity. I genuinely enjoyed playing him.
When you take on a role like Luke, how much of your own personality or your own swag do you embed in a character like this?
Adrian Holmes: Well I think in every character there’s always a bit of you in them. In order to make the character authentic and grounded in reality, you have to connect with it by finding something that you can relate to from your personal life. Things about you that you can add to the story or subtract from the story.
I’m not a parent unfortunately but I do understand love and relationships. In a case like this you just have to use your imagination and make it real. But as I said in order to get real authentic performances there has to always be some of you infused in every character you play. I was able to relate to Luke as we both love family, and value the beauty of relationships. We’re also perfectionists. “Do things once, do things right” is our motto.
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— Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (@hallmarkmovie) November 11, 2020
How would you describe the creative energy on the set of a Hallmark Christmas film, and what does a veteran Hollywood star like Holly Robinson Peete bring to the production?
Adrian Holmes: The creative energy was fantastic on set. Holly is such a professional and makes everybody feel valued. I loved working with her. There was also a strong familiarity working with her. Like we had done this before which was so beautiful and effortless. That ease really goes a long way in allowing a comfortable, safe space to create. Hope we get to do it again.
When you’re working on a Christmas movie in July, August or September, you have to create that ambiance on set. We would sing Christmas carols, play Christmas music… and it worked. Hallmark’s set design team was impeccable; the lights, the décor and the fake snow transcends your mind into believing it’s actually Christmas time. Except for the fact that it was warm when we were supposed to be cold and being all bundled up trying to play the cold – now that proved to be very challenging. Lol!
Is it important to you to follow the social media conversation to check out the viewer response to your work/projects such as this?
Adrian Holmes: It’s a lot of fun to live tweet and experience everyone’s interpretation of the film in real time. The fans appreciate having the cast to interact with. It really adds to all the work that we’ve done to put it up on the screen. That’s the cherry on top for us, to hear everybody’s love for the project and just how they connect and relate to it.
What would you say is the heartbeat of this story? Is there a central theme that you’re hoping viewers are left thinking or talking about after they watch the film?
Adrian Holmes: It’s never too late to find love. Love is always there when you need it no matter how difficult things may have been or what you’ve been through, you can always start over and get a second chance at love. Following your heart will always steer you in the right direction.
I think that’s one of the themes. I also feel allowing your children to be their own person is another theme. As much as we want the best for our children we have to step aside and let them choose what they want and trust in their choices. We can’t force our wants onto them as Luke does, wanting Lily to follow in his footsteps as a graphic designer. Luke has to grasp this concept quickly, letting his daughter be her own self and exist in her own lane.
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— Holly Robinson Peete😷🥰 (@hollyrpeete) November 15, 2020
Lastly, what makes The Christmas Doctor the perfect movie to get cozy on the couch with this holiday season?
Adrian Holmes: Besides having all the magical feels of Christmas that we all love so much, the twist that I mentioned is very compelling and beautiful. I feel it will tug on everyone’s heartstrings and is something that we can all use and appreciate at this time. Especially the tribute to the real heroes, the Frontline workers. The doctors and nurses that go above and beyond for all of us and our safety. This film really shines a well-deserved light on them and their services. I’m very proud to have been a part of this film and hope you all enjoy it.
“The Christmas Doctor” premieres Sunday, November 15 at 10/9c on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
BET+ Ruthless ~ When Do You Realize You’re Part of a Cult? / EUR Exclusive-WATCH
*TYLER PERRY’S RUTHLESS returns with its mid-season premiere on Thursday, November 26, exclusively on BET+.
As the season continues, many of the faithful followers have begun to uncover the evil that exists beneath the surface of the Rakudushis movement.
Armed with this knowledge, Ruth and several new fearful cult members try to take control of their individual destinies.
The attempts will prove to be almost impossible for anyone who does not have allies they think they can trust. Viewers will see more sex, lies, and murder in this cult that is living up to its fate. Being aware of false prophets has never reigned more true.
It’s about to be a whole cult show on Tyler Perry’s BET+, Ruthless. As the show returns, the drama also returns. Who knew that sex, drugs, faith and lies where all intertwined?
Tyler Perry’s Ruthless tells the story of a woman named Ruth who kidnaps her young daughter to join her in the dark underworld of a fanatical religious cult.
Melissa L. Williams, Matt Cedeño, Lenny D. Thomas, Yvonne Senat Jones, Baadja-Lyne Odums, Jaime Callica, Nirine S. Brown, Blue Kimble, Stephanie Charles, Hervé Clermont, Anthony Bless, and Bobbi Baker star.
New cast members joining the series include Stevie Baggs, Jr., Colin McCalla, Samantha L. Thomas, Michelle Nunez, Alise Willis, and Jael Pettigrew.
EURweb sat down with some of the cast members to talk about the return of Ruthless and Melissa L. Williams said “Ruth is definitely alive and so a cross over with ‘The Oval’ is definitely a possibility.”
Matt Cedeño also talked to EURweb and said “The Highest goes through phases of being hyper-paranoid about every aspect of his existence and we’ll see in the second half of the first season, where The Highest is feeling very comfortable and good.”
We can only imagine what this all means, but we do know that viewers are in for a lot of suspense, thrills and plot twists upon the return of the season.
Ruthless returns to BET+ this Thursday, November 26, 2020. Make sure to catch up on all episodes of the first season at Ruthless on BET+
NBC Relaunches ‘Saved By The Bell’ on Peacock TV
*When your favorite tv show goes off the air do you think about the lives of their characters?
Wondering where would they be now, what would they be up to now? “Saved By The Bell” fans will get those answers in the relaunch of the show on NBC’s Peacock.
A.C. Slater (Mario Lopez) is a PE teacher and coach and Bayside and Jessie Spano ( Elizabeth Berkely) is a counselor at the school. What is Zack Morris (Marc-Paul Grosselaar) doing, well he is the governor of California, of course, Zack Morris became a politician. And as we saw in the wedding special “Saved By The Bell: Wedding In Vegas” he and Kelly Kapowski got married. They now of a son, Mac Morris who is attending their high school alma mater Bayside High. Mac Morris, played by Mitchell Hoog, seems like a Zack Morris 2.0. He is the popular kid at school who finds himself living in the shadow of his infamous father.
We talked with Mitchell Hoog about his role as Mac Morris and if he himself felt any pressure playing Zack Morris’ son.
“ I don’t think I felt pressure to live up to the legacy of the Morris name, me as an actor I always put it within the story. So within the storyline, I have pressure to live up to my dad,” says Hoog.
Mitchell Hoog’s character isn’t the only character following in their parents’ footsteps. Jamie Spano, played by Belmont Cameli, is Jessie Spano’s (Elizabeth Berkely) son who also has to live up to his mom’s high school reputation.
This reboot’s main focus is the new generation but having the original cast be so a large part of the show brings enough nostalgia for old fans to enjoy this new version of “Saved By The Bell.” It is said that the whole season is full of little Easter eggs that fans of the original should pick up on.
Don’t miss “Saved By The Bell” streaming on Peacock from November 25.
Catch Holiday Cheer With ‘The Christmas Chronicle: Part 2’ Cast (Watch)
*It’s the sequel to the 2018 film “The Christmas Chronicles.”
Kurt Russell reprises his role as Santa Clause, alongside his Mrs. Claus, Goldie Hawn in “The Christmas Chronicles: Part 2.”
The Netflix film also stars Tyrese Gibson who plays Jazhir Bruno‘s dad.
EUR correspondent Fahnia Thomas talked to the stars about hot holiday toys, falling trees, and German Christmas.
Fahnia Thomas: What is your fondest childhood holiday memory?
Goldie Hawn: When my next-door neighbor came to our Christmas party – we had put the Christmas tree in front of the side door – and walked into the tree knocking down the entire tree and all the decorations. We had a big laugh!
Kurt Russell: I have three fabulous sisters and we had a German Christmas – meaning we had to wait for it to get dark outside – and we had a telephone pole 50 feet from the house and we couldn’t open our first presents until we couldn’t see the telephone pole. The last half hour was torture.
GH: I never heard that before about the telephone pole.
We did it the other way around. You go to bed, with sugar plums in your head, it’s Christmas Eve and you wake up in the morning … The worst part was one year Kurt and I had just finished tying the last ribbon, we were exhausted and we were going upstairs and Kurt meets the kids coming down the stairs – we had no sleep.
KR: It was 5:30 in the morning and we were up all night!
FT: What was the hot holiday toy you wanted or got when you were growing up?
Tyrese Gibson: I remember when I got the first original Nintendo and it had Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! And Super Mario Bros. We used to play a video game called The Legend of Zelda too.
Jazhir Bruno: When I got my first Xbox I was super excited! My grandmother got it for me.
KR: I only had one and I said, ‘if I get this I’ll never ask for another Christmas present…and I never did. I wanted a drum set so bad when I was 15 years old. I can’t believe I got it!
GH: A Schwinn bike and I got it.
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