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EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Lissing Teases A ‘Cute, Romantic, Warm’ Christmas on GAC’s Catering Christmas!

Merritt Patterson and Daniel Lissing star in “Catering Christmas,” a new, original movie premiering Saturday, October 29 at 8p ET / 5p PT on Great American Family.

We at Survived The Shows had the pleasure of chatting with Daniel Lissing about his experience on GAC ‘s Catering Christmas and what fans can expect from the movie. Check out full interview in the video below!

What’s the main element in Carson’s character and the movie in general that fascinates you the most and drew you to join Catering Christmas?

Daniel Lissing: I have a great relationship with GAC and I’ve been lucky enough to do a bunch of these Christmas movies. The team called me up and said ‘there is this Christmas movie, do you want to do it?’ I said ‘send me the script’ and I just thought it was really,- you know, we know what we’re going to get with these Christmas movies, they have a similar formula, but I really liked the script on this one.

I thought it was well written for this genre, my character had a really nice arc through the story. So I like that there was something to play, a journey to go on, and you know, these are romantic movies set in Christmas time. I love the idea that Merritt Patterson was my costar, that she was doing it because she’s a fantastic actor and I thought that we could find some nice chemistry with each other on screen, and we did. And there were other actors that were involved as well that were. All the actors, they had be done a lot of stage and it’s fantastic.

So the team that they had put together for it already was really appealing to me because I felt like we could help this script, you know, really come alive and and have some really sweet moments in it, and that’s what we want to do. We want to make people feel good and have those sweet moments and I think that’s what really drew me to this one. And, you know, I just had a lot of fun, working with everyone on this one. And I love food as well.

GAC Family movies and shows always feature well-shaped and relatable characters – Where are you and Carson most similar and where most different as human beings?

DL: Carson is a creative. He just gets offered a job in Milan in in the movie because he’s a photographer. So he travels the world photographing the rich and famous and celebrities, all this kind of stuff. He gets invited, all the best parties and he’s just a great he’s in that world, he’s in that fashion world, he’s in that movie world. He’s always behind a lens. So so that creative aspect I kind of got in him. I’ve also done a lot of traveling myself, as as we were saying before we were started recording, I’ve been to Italy. I’ve actually been nearly a couple of times need to see much more of it though. But yeah, there was that.

There was a few things about him that were very relatable to me personally.

And I think we’re different people because I think he starts out in the movie just a little bit lost. He doesn’t really know what he wants to do. He’s not exactly passionate about, you know, the traveling and the photographs as much as he used to be. And so he’s kind of finding himself and he goes on this nice, nice journey and by the end, you know, owning it, taking responsibility and becoming his own man, that was something that. You know, I think everyone has to go through to become their own person and really understand what they’re passionate about. And pursue that and I liked his journey, so there were a few elements that I connected to.

[On the other end] I think he is quite spoiled, you know. A little bit entitled. I think that was a difference. I like to think that I definitely didn’t grow up spoiled and my family definitely had a good sense of grounding, you know, so that’s probably the biggest difference but, he was a little bit immature as well. I used to be immature for sure. I still am sometimes, but you know, yeah, I think wealthy, spoiled, immature guy.

To all the fans looking forward to watching the movie, how would you describe Catering Christmas in just 3 words?

DL: I would describe it with three different words. #1 Cute. It’s a very cute, feel-good movie #2 is romantic because there’s a nice journey, huge romantic. And #3 is probably warm. Warm, like you know, you feel this nice warmth when you watch it. Anyway, I hope that it’s it’s really cute. You’ll have some laughs, you’ll connect with these characters. It’s romantic, but at the end you’re going to feel that warmth. So I think those 3 words, it’s a cute, romantic, warm movie.

Talking about the environment on set, how would you describe your experience while filming Catering Christmas with Merritt Patterson and the crew?

DL: Fantastic. Merritt and I are both very passionate about our work. We care a lot. And so we have had discussions, sometimes hard discussions to work together, to elevate the scene. We work in conjunction with the director and you know, we’re also spending a lot of time with someone that you just first met and you don’t get a chance to.

Mates before or friends before you just go into a very intimate professional relationship. And you might have different styles on how you like to work or you’re learning each other. So that was a learning curve I think for both of us, but we’re friends, we connected really well. We did our job really well. We had a very good result. And you know that it was a pleasure for me. You know, I learned a lot working with merit and I had a great, great time.

We got, I think we delivered everything that we wanted to deliver on screen.

And you know, the the feeling is good. I mean, she’s a positive person. I’m a positive person. We treat people well. The crew is fantastic. Anytime I’ve worked with these crews – we were shooting this one up in Canada and they’re always great. There, any crew I’ve ever worked with very, very rarely in my entire career so far have I come across people that are. You know, not good to be around.

I can count on one hand out of the thousands of people that I’ve worked with. And so you know, I think most people just want to do a good job and and get the day done and in good time and you know that’s that’s our role. So the energy on set was great. It was positive effluence, cruise, cracking jokes, laughing.

If you could choose any other character from Catering Christmas, apart from Carson, that you would have loved to play, which one would it be and why?

DL: Look, my friend Michael played Robert the kind of estate manager and he’s a great Canadian actor and we went out for some meals and some drinks together and we got on really well. But he just had this really beautiful relationship with my auntie in the film. So these these two actors that have done a lot of stage work, a lot of television, film, would just have a beautiful story. I mean the audience is going to see that and that’s going to touch your heart a little bit.

They go on a beautiful journey and there’s a lot of unspoken energy between them, you know, and that’s the exciting thing to play and also to watch. So I love the robot character. I think I’d probably give give him a go. Yeah, he’s very serious and he did his job very well, but underneath the surface, he’s just a big romantic, you know?

The interview with Daniel Lissing has been edited and condensed for lenght and clarity. Watch the full video interview at the top of the article!

Catering Christmas premieres Oct 29 on Great American Family Network. Watch an exclusive preview below!

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Chiara Lombatti
Chiara Lombatti
When Cristina Yang’s mankind hate, and Sherlock Holmes’ deductive skills meet Randall Pearson’s anxiety and Jamie Fraser’s multilingualism (featuring Claire Fraser’s curls and Kate Pearson’s voice). Translator and feature article with a great love for cinema, TV series and books.

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