It’s starting to look rather a lot like Christmas, which suggests chances are high Paul Greene is in your TV display. One of many staples of yuletide movies has two new choices this vacation season. First, as a jingle author who varieties a love reference to an aspiring singer performed by Jessica Lowndes in I’m Glad It’s Christmas. The Nice American Household film additionally options the legendary Gladys Knight.
Then the When Calls the Coronary heart alum performs an entrepreneur seeking to flip a small city rec heart right into a ski resort property in CBS’s Match for Christmas. His love curiosity, a health teacher portrayed by Amanda Kloots, needs to place the kibosh on these plans. Forward of the premieres, we caught up with the busy actor and musician.
You’ve performed so many Christmas motion pictures. Are you Christmas-ed out at house?
Paul Greene: I like Christmas! I’ve Christmas music on so early. We normally movie so far-off from Christmas like July that it’s extra like a sneak peek then. I’m all the time prepared for it.
Nice American Household has actually gone all-in on the subject of vacation motion pictures together with the opposite networks and streamers. What do you make of this increase?
So many! Everyone seems to be doing them. CBS used to do them again within the day and realized there’s actually a strong viewers. In terms of competitors, I feel the extra the merrier.
How unimaginable was it to work with Gladys Knight on I’m Glad It’s Christmas?
She was very approachable and type. We received to sing fairly a bit together with her. There may be some acapella singing and a few extremely produced singing. She was superb. I simply can’t imagine at her age she seems to be the way in which she does but in addition sings the way in which she does. She is tremendous humorous and brings a number of knowledge as a musician and performer. It was an actual honor.
What was it like to have the ability to lean a bit extra about your musicality?
I personally do play loads of music. In the course of the pandemic, I did loads of stay streams from house, so I used to be so stoked to have the ability to play and sing. It’s sort of my dream job the place I get to play music, act, make individuals snicker, and be near household. This checked three of the 4 containers…Jessica and I’s characters fall in love with one another originally. Then there are all these obstacles. I feel what makes a very good film is when your leads have these obstacles to beat. It’s a hero’s journey that may encourage, hopefully, to take dangers or love once more or strive one thing arduous or forgive somebody. That’s why I do these items. There may be this connection to Christmas. It feels to me like there’s a lot division on the planet. Not less than most individuals can sit down to look at certainly one of these Christmas motion pictures and discover one thing to unite on.
On the alternative finish of the spectrum of Match for Christmas, you’re sort of Grinch firstly.
Yeah, but it surely’s simply on the skin. My character is a giant softy. I’d say Match for Christmas differs in tempo and humor somewhat bit. Match is extra of a comedy whereas I’m Glad It’s Christmas is a comedy but it surely’s somewhat deeper within the storylines. Match for Christmas was written by Anna White, who’s certainly one of my favs. She wrote one other Christmas film I used to be in, Christmas CEO. It’s hilarious. It’s so quick and witty. I cherished attending to work together with her and Amanda. I didn’t know her very effectively. I used to be conscious of her story throughout COVID and shedding her husband Nick. There’s a bunch of meet-cutes on this film. It’s a meet-cute overload in each motion pictures.
Followers cherished seeing you on When Calls the Coronary heart. Do you suppose we’ll see Dr. Carson Shepherd in Hope Valley once more and maybe have a fortunately ever after with Religion?
There have been talks about some completely different approaches to finishing that storyline or increasing that. That falls into the arms of the gods. There are such a lot of cool tasks I’m concerned in. Whenever you’re on a sequence, you may have the ability to sneak in a single or two issues. I cherished being on it, however there are such a lot of different tasks I needed to do. I helped produce a pilot. I’ve been concerned in a [Jaguar My Love] movie for 2 years that I’m pleased with. If I used to be on a sequence, that every one wouldn’t occur. I additionally had a child and was capable of be there for the entire being pregnant. I’d by no means hand over any of that for additional seasons. I’ve my reward…I make music, I’ve a podcast. I’m writing a parenting e book. I attempt to be as current for all of the little issues. There may be the entire health aspect. My spouse and I coach individuals by means of a change course of and a program known as Freedom Alchemist. I’ve to inform myself sufficient to decelerate and take into consideration what my predominant precedence is and go from there.
In the course of the holidays do you watch your self?
I don’t. I’ve seen the stuff I’ve performed. I had a fan inform me she watched A Christmas Detour 130 occasions. I feel she holds the report. I don’t even suppose my mother has watched them that many occasions. She does love them when the flicks come on in Canada. I positively don’t do my film marathons. I’m positively excited to look at Spirited. We’re going to sit down and watch each of my new Christmas motion pictures. However we all the time watch Love Really and The Grinch. I positively have my classics.
You talked about A Christmas Detour. What’s your tackle every thing occurring together with your former co-star Candace [Cameron-Bure] and the backlash to The Wall Road Journal interview?
She is essentially the most superb individual. I’ve mentioned this about Lori Loughlin when issues got here up together with her. They’re my mates, and if they’re going by means of no matter they’re going by means of, I’m going to face by them as their mates. From what I learn about Candace, none of what they are saying within the media not too long ago makes any sense or is true. They omitted vital components of what she mentioned [to The Wall Street Journal] and who she is. I do know who she is. At her coronary heart. Her pal and supervisor are part of the LGBTQ neighborhood. She is superb. She is loving to all individuals. No matter she chooses to provide is her selection, and I don’t decide her for that. I don’t agree with every thing she does, and I don’t disagree with every thing she does. I simply want the media was honest sufficient to place in her entire assertion. That’s what individuals have to know. That Candace really loves individuals. The information media drives me nuts as a result of they pass over vital components. They do it on a regular basis for clickbait. That’s what is occurring to Candace. That’s from my perspective.
I respect you giving me your ideas on the topic.
I’ve so many mates which are homosexual. They might get upset I’m not popping out towards her, however I’m not as a result of she is my pal. And I do know her coronary heart. Persons are so divided, and there’s a lot cash to be made on division. I simply want we will all come collectively. We even have to recollect there’s a actual individual on the opposite aspect, whether or not it’s Lori or Candace. They’re human beings there. They carry actual pleasure and are compassionate. Whenever you take a look at social media, individuals are so merciless. How Candace has responded with a lot love. It simply exhibits you who she is.
I’m Glad It’s Christmas premiere, November 26, 8/7c, Nice American Household
Match for Christmas premiere, December 4, 8/7c, CBS