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“You put on a holiday movie and it reignites that sense of hope and faith that the holidays are all about.” what she does, and I absolutely relate to all of that. The arduous, uncertain journey of building an acting career for myself … I never doubted that that would be my reality, and Maria definitely has that same unshakable drive that keeps her striving through the hardships. But I think where we differ is, I do not love being in the kitchen. It’s sort of therapy for her, but for me, historically speaking, it’s been more of a nightmare scenario. I am not in control. I’m sweating. I’m a hot mess trying to keep it together. But I’m working to change that, to find the beauty in cooking. I’m trying to have the grace to let myself epically ruin some dishes and learn to be OK with that.
what we’ve all gone through [during the pandemic]. I wasn’t able to be with my mom last Christmas because of the cir- cumstances, so hopefully this year I will be on her couch, in her house, watching this movie. Why are holiday movies so popular? Is it because they’re the TV equiva- lent of comfort food? JC: That’s a great way to put that! They give you those warm and fuzz- ies. And there’s always a lesson, right? To appreciate what you have and those around you. Sometimes the reality of the holidays doesn’t add up; life is far from being perfect. But you know, you put on a holiday movie and it reignites that sense of hope and faith that the holidays are all about. I hope that each person watching A Christmas Proposal takes something special from this movie and that it makes them feel a little bit brighter and a little less alone. Are you anything like Maria—or are you a complete 180? JC: Maria is strong, determined, goal- oriented, and she is passionate about
Maria and Julian have such amazing chemistry. What was it like working with Adam Rodriguez? JC: The guy was a dream to work with, honestly. He is so warm and kind. He’s giving. He’s prepared. When he shows up, he shows up for whomever is in the scene with him. He’ll run lines a million times with you. He will talk about the scene. I learned so much from him. And he’s hilarious! He does voices, like, crazy characters. We just laughed constantly! CBS will air Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer ( Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. ET/PT ) for the 57th consecutive year. Any fond memories of watching that? JC: That’s one of the specials that I will never, ever tire of. I remember as a kid being fascinated by the stop-motion. I was like, “What kind of special magic is this?” I was addicted. The whole thing is so beautiful. And then one of my favorite moments? When Rudolph says: “I’m cute! I’m cute! She said I’m cuuuuuuuuuute!” That classic warms my heart.
FROSTY THE SNOWMAN The OG dancing
CHRISTMAS TAKES FLIGHT When frugal CEO Matt Hansen (Evan Williams) buys pilot Jenny Beckett’s (Katie
showman, er, snowman is a “jolly, happy soul” whose old silk hat full
Evan Williams and Katie Lowes with Santa
of magic is the stuff of Christmas legend. Narrated by Jimmy Durante, the special also includes the voices of Jackie Vernon (as Frosty) and Billy De Wolfe (as Professor Hinkle). Nov. 26, 8 p.m. ET/PT
Lowes) family- owned regional airline, his cost- cutting initiatives ground their annual charity event for underserved children. (Bah humbug!) Determined to show Matt that some things in life are priceless, Jenny rallies the community to help save the event—and finds herself falling for the magnate. Dec. 19, 8 p.m. ET/PT
Festive Favorites Rudolph and Proposal aren’t the only holiday specials bringing CBS viewers glad tidings.
THE THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE ON CBS Gargantuan balloons, fantastic floats, and cheery performances highlight this annual Thanksgiving tradition.
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