November 30, 2022

Kat Barrell on Exploring Life’s Choices With Vacation Magic

Emma (Wynonna Earp‘s Kat Barrell) lives two Christmases over the vacations due to somewhat magic in her newest Hallmark film.

In A Story of Two Christmases (premiering November 26), the aspiring architect misses her flight residence and celebrates together with her crush, Max (Evan Roderick) and his associates in Chicago. In a parallel universe she does make it residence and enjoys vacation traditions together with her household and longtime buddy Drew (Chandler Massey) in Vermont.

Barrell tells us extra concerning the side-by-side storylines and what drew her to the function.

The film was so good and so enjoyable.

Kat Barrell: Oh, thanks a lot. Yeah, I’m actually pleased with it. I like this tone that we struck with it. We actually hit this enjoyable type of rom-com vibe, which I’m actually enthusiastic about. I feel we’re heading that manner on Hallmark. There’s just a few extra [with] a rom-com really feel relatively than the standard romance construction, and I discover that actually enjoyable and I feel the viewers are gonna like it.

Is that what actually drew you to the character of Emma and the story, getting the chance to do this?

Yeah, completely. Our director Jason [Bourque] comes from an actual indie filmmaking world and he actually loves indie comedy. So in our preliminary talks, we talked quite a bit about tone and bringing that type of rom-com [feel]. I like engaged on comedy and what I actually cherished about Emma is she’s floundering. She’s on the stage in her life — I’ve undoubtedly been there — the place she looks like it doesn’t matter what she does, all the pieces’s simply blowing up in her face. She’s been pushing this rock up a hill for thus lengthy, attempting to get her profession going, attempting to make it work on this huge metropolis and simply play alongside and match the a part of the individual she thinks she’s speculated to be, when actually there’s this pull to the individual that may be somewhat bit extra genuine to her.

However I feel being such a dream board, goal-oriented individual, she simply wouldn’t let herself see that different aspect of her. I completely know that feeling and I actually recognized with that together with her, however I wished to current it and Jason additionally wished to current it in a manner that was enjoyable and relatable and I feel we did a extremely good job of that. I’m actually pleased with the tone that we received throughout with this film.

I like how that’s exemplified within the story of the 2 totally different Christmases for her.

Yeah, it’s excellent. I like that we’re attending to see two prospects with out her being conscious of the opposite chance. That’s what I actually love concerning the script is that we actually felt like we have been capturing two totally different motion pictures. I’d shoot with Chandler Massey and we might shoot the house storyline with Emma’s mother and father and going residence and all her conventional Christmas reminiscences and residing these rituals out that she does together with her household. After which we’d shoot the Chicago storyline with Evan and it was superb to be residing in Chicagoland for 4 days after which Chandler would come again on set and I used to be like, “Oh proper, this storyline.” You get so immersed within the one you’re engaged on and then you definitely flip.

Evan Roderick and Katherine Barrell in 'A Tale of Two Christmases'

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However what was so enjoyable is Emma isn’t conscious of the flip. She’s residing genuinely in every of these storylines, which is cool as a result of I feel a number of instances we’re doing this just like the character’s torn, they’re all the time occupied with the opposite alternative, however on this one, she couldn’t make it residence for Christmas. She was spending it in Chicago and she or he was residing that have and that choice to the fullest.

However there’s a little bit of that feeling of being torn… you want that a part of it, nevertheless it’s not driving all the film.

I feel the excellence is possibly that it wasn’t her alternative. The universe put her in two fully totally different situations and she or he’s doing her greatest in every of them. How superb wouldn’t it be if we had that possibility? I’m gonna totally reside on this situation of my life after which I’m gonna totally reside on this one and see which I like higher, which feels extra like residence to me.

I additionally suppose it’s actually cool to observe Emma type of reside her dream life. She has this excellent Christmas with Max, which, I feel in the event you had requested Emma earlier within the 12 months, she would’ve been like, that is precisely what I would like for myself. That is what I image for myself. And I feel she received the chance to reside it after which actually replicate that, oh possibly the factor that I assumed I used to be chasing this entire time is definitely not [what I want].

Chandler Massey and Katherine Barrell in 'A Tale of Two Christmases'

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Discuss her relationships with each Max and Drew as a result of you’ll be able to root for each of those guys.

Completely. I’m so glad that you simply felt that manner as a result of that’s one thing we actually tried to do with each of those characters. I didn’t need it to really feel like one was the great, apparent alternative and one was the completely improper for her alternative. We actually wished it to really feel like they have been each superb choices, nevertheless it was Emma attending to the core of what she actually wished and that’s why I feel it’s so superb the connection with each these guys is enjoyable and romantic and trustworthy and has its very apparent professionals and really apparent cons. That’s one of many issues that I’m actually hoping rings true for viewers as a result of so typically in our lives, these huge life selections aren’t straightforward and the explanation they’re not straightforward is as a result of each choices might be nice, so it turns into actually onerous to decide on.

I feel that’s what got here throughout with each these relationships and I simply cherished working with each these actors. Chandler has such an unbelievable, pure ease to him. There are moments the place you’re like, I’m unsure in the event you’re performing or in the event you’re simply being actually current and telling me a narrative. He’s such a seasoned veteran actor and he’s so current. And I actually discovered that enjoyable as a result of I feel for that relationship, it actually made it really feel like these are associates who’ve been associates for his or her entire life. I’m actually proud of the way in which it got here throughout.

And such as you have been saying it felt like two totally different motion pictures, so many instances in these movies, it looks like there’s extra time spent with the small city versus the town. However I do like that we received each worlds.

one hundred pc. Yeah, I like that, too. I feel we actually discovered that steadiness as a result of I actually wished to say that the town life is an incredible alternative, too. I feel so many instances it’s all concerning the residence and the standard life. However I feel the truth that we noticed that Emma actually may make a go within the metropolis and she or he in all probability would’ve been fairly completely happy there, however there’s an alternative choice that simply is best for her and she or he figures that out.

What was your favourite scene to movie in each Christmases?

For Chandler and I, I’ve two. I actually love the large household Christmas. I come from a extremely small household, so our Christmases are pretty however they’re only a lot quieter. Whereas I all the time actually love capturing the large scenes with the gingerbread homes and all the youngsters and all of the decorations and we have been on this stunning location and it simply felt so festive and particular and having so many actors there on the identical day was actually enjoyable.

After which I actually loved that scene that we shot in Drew’s outdated pickup truck. We now have a heart-to-heart dialog about “why didn’t you inform me that you simply have been in love with me once we have been in highschool as a result of I felt the identical manner and also you felt the identical manner, however we by no means talked about it.” I bear in mind capturing that scene — I’m fairly certain it was truly our final day of filming — and it simply felt so pretty to shoot with Chandler as a result of they only type of rolled the cameras and allow us to do our factor. It was actually concerning the performing and concerning the storytelling and [with] our producer Kirsten [Hansen] and director Jason, we had constructed such a pleasant relationship at that time that we didn’t even actually have a lot course on the scene. Chandler and I actually simply received to do with it what we wished and it felt so grounded and actual and earned for these characters and that’s considered one of my favourite reminiscences of filming with him.

After which for the Max storyline, I feel the Christmas market. We had some actually enjoyable stroll and talks by means of the Christmas market choosing out totally different decorations. I simply cherished enjoying the push and pull of Emma attempting so onerous to say the fitting factor and do the fitting factor and like the fitting factor, however she’s so clearly not in her component or not completely comfy and I cherished enjoying the comedy of her attempting to cowl up for that. That was actually enjoyable.

A Story of Two Christmases, Film Premiere, Saturday, November 26, 6/5c, Hallmark Channel

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