Hunter King (“The Young and the Restless,” “Life in Pieces”) and Jordan Renzo (“The Spanish Princess,” “Class”) star in “A Royal Corgi Christmas,” premiering Friday, November 25 (8:00 p.m. ET/PT) on Hallmark Channel.
It’s part of the network’s annual “Countdown to Christmas” programming event. – Let’s take a first look!
Crown Prince Edmond (Renzo) is a reluctant royal who returns home just before Christmas
in anticipation of being named successor to the throne. To ingratiate himself to his mother the
Queen (Susannah De Wrixon, “Innocent”), he gifts her with Mistletoe, a rambunctious Corgi pup
in need of some serious training. After several doggy disasters, Edmond turns to Cecily (King),
a canine behavior expert from America for help. To his great surprise, Cecily insists that he take
an active part in the daily dog training sessions. As Prince Edmond and Cecily work together to
get Mistletoe ready to present at the annual Christmas Ball, sparks begin to fly between them.
Just as the precious pup captures their hearts, they discover that love can grow in the most
unexpected places, leading each of them to question what they really want in life.
Hunter King Shares Her Enthusiasm for Hallmark, Previews A Royal Corgi Christmas
What do you like about working on these films?
Oh my gosh. I mean, there’s so much to love about working for Hallmark. I think one of the things that I love most about working for Hallmark is that there are always just such happy sets to work on as well as such happy scripts.
Hallmark is just known for making people smile and bringing joy to people’s homes. And it’s the same as on set. I mean, the sets are always such a blast, and the people are always so lovely to work with, both in front of the camera and behind the camera.
So both behind the camera and when you’re watching, it’s just a joy all around to work on.
And were you a Hallmark fan before you started working on their movies?
I mean, I don’t know who isn’t a Hallmark fan. I truly don’t know who isn’t. I mean, who can’t turn on the Hallmark channel and just smile? It really is just so much fun. You can flip on the Hallmark Channel and just feel like you’re at home or just melt into the couch and just let your real life problems go away.
Yeah, I don’t know. It’s just a good feeling. You feel like you get to escape reality for a little bit and just feel like your life is a Hallmark movie for a while. And now I get to feel like I get to live out little Hallmark movies myself. So now I get to immerse myself into Hallmark movies for other people, and it’s a really fun thing to get to do.
Did you have any favorite actors that you used to watch their movies and that you’d like to follow in their Hallmark career path?
Oh my gosh. I mean, Lacey is amazing. I loved her in Mean Girls. And then just watching her on Hallmark is just, I’ve loved all the Hallmark movies that she’s done. She’s definitely one of the big ones.
And then one of my best friends, Rhiannon Fish, I love getting to watch all the Hallmark movies that she’s done. So I’d say that those are two of the women that I really admire their careers in Hallmark.
So, what do you look for in a script when it comes your way?
I think it’s just if I enjoy reading it. And I mean honestly, all of the Hallmark films that I’ve gotten the chance to read, there hasn’t been one that I haven’t enjoyed reading, to be completely honest with you. Every single one, I feel like they know exactly what they’re doing.
They know how to bring a smile to the viewer and to the reader’s face. So as long as I enjoy it, I feel like the viewers will get to enjoy it. So the characters, I feel like they’re always complex. They go through some kind of journey and self-discovery.
And as long as it seems like it will be a really fun role for me to play, and there’s some depth behind the character, which there always is, Hallmark doesn’t ever miss the mark on that, and it will be fun for the viewers to watch and it’ll be a fun role for me to do, then I feel like it’s pretty much a go ahead after that.
Are you a Royal fan? I know that some people just live and breathe for the next Royal movie that comes out, and now you’re in one.
Yes. I mean, okay. I will say I have never been a crazy Royal. I don’t know all the Royal stuff, so I need to be better about that. I have learned since being in this movie and getting to talk to some of my co-stars, I’ve definitely learned some of the Royal stuff now.
I am more of a reality TV buff. If you ask me some of the reality TV shows, that is like my jam. I can tell you all the ins and outs about that stuff. That is my guilty pleasure. But since being in this movie, I feel like I can keep up with some of the Royal conversations a little bit now. So I’m getting better since being in this movie.
There are scenes in this movie where you had to do the fake bow thing. [laughs] I don’t think I’ve ever seen you look so uncomfortable. Was that the most challenging part? Doing the bow part?
Yes, that bow thing with the kind of half-pray. I don’t even know what you were doing. [laughing a little too hard now] It’s the only time I’ve ever seen you look like, “Oh, look at me now. Here I go. Send him in.” Oh, it’s hysterical.
Oh my gosh, that’s actually so funny because we were trying to figure that out. Me and Clare [Niederpruem], our director, we went through, and we were like, “How do we make this look and feel as uncomfortable as we can?” And Clare was actually the one that came up with exactly how you called it, kind of a prayer bow kind of thing.
And that’s exactly what we wound up doing was a prayer mixed with a bow, mixed with a curtsy, just as uncomfortable as we could get. And honestly, that is probably something exactly what I would wind up doing, just completely embarrassing myself because I wouldn’t know which one do I do.
Do I bow, do I curtsy? Do Ido a little bit of everything because I wouldn’t want to do the wrong thing. I wouldn’t want to miss anything. And I would make a complete and utter fool of myself, trying not to do the wrong thing and winding up just doing everything but the right thing.
What was it like working with a dog as a costar?
Oh, my gosh. Well, I’ve never done that before. I will say that working with dogs is kind of like working with kids. You just aren’t sure. Are they going to want to hit their mark right now, or are they hungry, or do they want to take a nap? Do they want to lie down?
So it’s kind of up to the dog a little bit. But I mean, working with dogs is also a dream come true. I mean, I get to hang out with dogs all day long. Who gets to do that? Not many people get to call that their job, so that’s really exciting.
And I miss my dog so much whenever I’m on set. So I get my dog fix. When I was in Ireland filming this movie, it was nice to be able to have a doggy there on set, so that I didn’t miss having my dog there too much.
Did you have any special training to pretend like you were training a dog?
It was kind of like every day before our scene, I would go over to the dog wrangler and get a little bit of, “How do I do this thing that we’re about to do?” And kind of get a little bit of a low down.
So it’s kind of each day before the scene or before the day started, just a little bit of a quick training, just little quick stuff right before.
And what’s it like filming in Ireland? I didn’t know it was filmed there. That’s lovely.
Oh my gosh, it was amazing. I’d never been to Ireland before. It’s been on my bucket list of places to go. It rains a lot there, but it’s beautiful. It’s stunning. It’s unbelievable. Got to go to the cliffs. There are just so many beautiful places to go to and travel to in Ireland, and the people couldn’t be lovelier.
I loved every second of being in Ireland. I mean, there are so many castles We got to film at castles. I mean, I didn’t even know that we were going to be able to film at castles, but not just one castle. I think we got to film at four different castles if I’m actually thinking.
So, what do you think the viewers will find most relatable about this movie?
Oh my God. Well, I mean the castles, of course. I’m just kidding. [laughs] The most relatable?
I feel like even though obviously there’s a lot of the Royal stuff, aside from all the Royals and getting to stay in castles and stuff like that, I feel like the love journey and the self-discovery journey is really relatable for the viewers and going through this friendship and this bond between the Prince and Cecily is something that the viewers will be able to relate to.
And even the stuff between Cecily and Mistletoe. Cecily isn’t sure if that’s ever a bond that she’ll be able to experience again, and then Mistletoe maybe being able to change her mind with that and the Prince also being able to change her mind with that.
So maybe taking out the royal part and just kind of dissecting it on the human level, there’s a lot to relate to. I think that people will really enjoy this movie.
Trailer for A Royal Corgi Christmas
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