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Corey Sevier Talks Appearing and Directing Take Me Again For Christmas

Corey Sevier Talks Appearing and Directing Take Me Again For Christmas


There is not any doubt how leisure can have an effect on us. It may be transferring and thrilling and take us locations we by no means imagined we go.

It might additionally convey us collectively by means of shared experiences.

Generally, it does a bit of of all the pieces, as I found throughout a latest interview with Corey Sevier about his Christmas in July film airing tonight, Take Me Again for Christmas.

This can be a film very near Sevier’s coronary heart, as his spouse Kate Pragnell wrote the script, and he directed the movie.

He additionally costars with Vanessa Lengies, who starred alongside him in one other Hallmark film, Coronary heart of the Holidays, and whom he had recognized since he was ten, having met when he starred on Lassie.

I’ve at all times been a fan of Hallmark Christmas motion pictures that do the surprising, and Lengies stars within the film as Renee, who at all times dreamed of proudly owning her personal enterprise. However when her mom bought sick, she and her husband Aaron (Sevier) put their goals on maintain to take care of her.

A decade later, she’s in a rut with mounting payments and a dead-end job placing stress on her often blissful marriage. Via a bit of Christmas magic, she’ll have a want fulfilled that can problem all the pieces she feels.

Sevier, who stated that, like me, he is “a fan of Christmas motion pictures, particularly when there’s a bit of little bit of Christmas magic in there,” shared that he and Pragnell developed the idea collectively whereas watching one in all my favourite motion pictures, The Household Man starring Nicolas Cage and Tea Leoni.

“My spouse and I have been actually sitting down on the sofa watching it one night time, and I turned to her, and I stated, ‘You recognize what? What if we made a Christmas film like that?’ And so we began growing it. Subsequent factor you recognize, right here we’re a yr later, and the film’s about to air.”

Discovering one other who’s within the pleasant movie bought us speaking about it a bit and what makes it so particular. Sevier stated, “It is a type of the place irrespective of if it is on, I can sit down and watch it. It is humorous, it has that magical component, but it surely’s additionally grounded and has nice household messaging.

“It had all these components that I liked. And so we did our greatest to create our personal model and make it our personal, however very a lot impressed by that.”

He did not wish to give an excessive amount of of the film away lest he spoil the very magic he wished to create, however he provided a bit of extra for us to chew on as we look forward to the premiere.

Sevier famous that Aaron acknowledges that Renee is struggling, and he’s making an attempt to push her to the following step. “Let’s take a leap. Let’s get again to what we envisioned for our lives. And he or she has many causes for not happening board with that as shortly.”

When Renee meets a lady working at a division retailer as a Christmas Elf, she’s provided the chance to ring a bit of silver bell. “She says, ‘Hey if you happen to ever wish to make a want, make your want and ring this bell,” Sevier stated.

He continued, “And he or she would not assume something of it. She rings the bell and wakes up in a totally completely different life. And he or she makes a want, and I do not wish to give it away, however she needs for one thing aside from her present scenario.

“The cautionary story right here is she wasn’t overly particular. So she finally ends up discovering herself in a world that’s not in contrast to the world of her goals, however some key components are lacking, one in all which is, on this new actuality, she is now not married to my character, Aaron.”

Sevier and Pragnell, who’ve been collectively for ten years, used questions inside their very own marriage to think about how Renee and Aaron would possibly act within the circumstances they created.

“We spitballed every kind of alternate actuality conditions. And like in life, usually once you discover your associate, you do surprise if one thing had gone in a barely completely different route, what would your life appear like?”

Though they’re blessed to have a nice relationship, in addition they acknowledge that they might face arduous occasions sooner or later.

“The message within the movie that I hope individuals will take away is do not take what you’ve gotten with no consideration. It doesn’t matter what life throws at you, particularly if in case you have somebody you may construct one thing with, actually do your greatest to see it by means of.”

Sevier stated it was a lot enjoyable working with Pragnell, who he credit doing the heavy lifting, to convey this story to life. “There was one thing actually attention-grabbing about exploring the concept of goals versus actuality and what would you would like for,” he stated.

He likes that this film would not begin as a conventional Hallmark film, with a meet-cute paving the best way for a brand new relationship. “We reverse engineer it into she wakes up and now this man that is been in her life for a few years that she at all times assumed to be there, out of the blue a special actuality has taken place, and she or he has to win him again.”

A lot comedy was concerned in making Take Me Again to Christmas, which was ripe for exploring numerous emotional and dramatic situations in a recent means. “Vanessa and the remainder of her solid did such an unimaginable job of creating it very humorous but in addition very grounded.”

That is the third time Sevier has gotten to direct one in all Pragnell’s scripts, which is a dream come true for the actor. “She’s the brains of the operation, for positive,” he stated of his spouse. She has been writing these movies for various years, and it’s a excellent alternative for them to mix their skills.

Now that Sevier has efficiently tried his hand at directing and appearing, he would not assume he would ever wish to quit both expertise, and he particularly enjoys the problem of directing himself as an actor.

“The reward is you actually get to get your fingerprints on each side. And on this case, with my expertise to this point directing from my spouse’s script, you actually wish to do justice to what she envisioned. And being within the director’s chair gave me one of the best alternative to do this.”

When directing a film during which he is appearing, he tells the opposite actors that he is proper there with them the second somebody yells motion. Somebody stated to him years in the past that the important thing to good directing is to solid very well.

“I encompass myself with implausible actors and lose myself in it. However you’ve gotten to have the ability to swap in a short time on the fly when, oh, okay, we have got to do another. So my actors have usually laughed at me.

“They’re with Corey director for just a few moments, after which I disappear, however then I come proper again, typically even mid-take if it’s a must to take one thing again, and it is type of splitting your mind that means.

“However for me, finally, it’s all simply an extension of the storytelling course of, and attending to know the script so intimately made it simpler for me. I wasn’t as apprehensive in regards to the appearing facet. It was simply getting all the opposite components collectively in order that we might have some enjoyable and hopefully create one thing particular.”

You will get the chance to see how particular Take Me Again for Christmas is once you tune in tonight on the Hallmark Channel at 8/7c.

Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and a workers author and critic for TV Fanatic. She’s a member of the Critic’s Alternative Affiliation, enjoys mentoring writers, conversing with cats, and passionately discussing the nuances of tv and movie with anybody who will hear. Observe her on Twitter and e-mail her right here at TV Fanatic.



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