Kathryn Davis and Franco Lo Presti star in “Santa’s Got Style” premiering Sunday, December 11 on UP TV. We at Survived The Shows had the pleasure of chatting with Kathryn Davis about her experience in the making of the movie and what fans can expect. Check out the full interview in the video below!
What’s the main element in Madison’s character and the movie in general that fascinates you the most and drew you to join Santa’s Got Style?
KATHRYN DAVIS: The storyline itself was a big draw to me. Even the initial breakdown when they sent me the information and they offer it without giving too much away, it says about Missus Doubtfire esque feel to the movie. So I was already like, ‘OK, I mean like, I’ve got to live out to Robin Williams standards here’, but that was already something that was very, very exciting. And the character of Madison, it was interesting. It was different from roles I played. 4 Where there’s been an ongoing simmering attraction from the initial meat cute of the characters all the way to the end, and you see the journey of attraction throughout this one.
The lead, again without giving too much away, the character of Madison and Ethan, their high school best friends. So Madison does not see him in any way beyond the realm of friendship. So until she meets the counterpart race. And so it was really fun to play attraction to one and best friend world to the other and also playing a sense of innocence and naivety about what the the whole storyline scope is that being out of the loop for it and just playing scenes, being an unwitting player to, you know, a guy’s that Rafa’s or Ethan is pulling over her eyes in the role of race.
Where are you and Madison most similar and where most different as human beings?
KD: Where Madison and I have commonalities is we’re both very driven and we can forget to see, you know, the trees through the forest. They kind of say, ‘I kind of can become like a little bit blinkered and so solely focused on something that I forget to smell the roses’. So they say, ‘I don’t know, that’s a North American sort of say’. So definitely in terms of that Madison and I had a commonality just to stop. And see the world and it’s hard to make me gear down unless I come on if I’m on vacation and then I go off the grid and I’m like ‘nobody talked to me. I’m going off, like I’m going to go stare at sunsets or something like that’.
Where we’re different is Madison had. The director really wanted to challenge me with poise and confidence, and strutting was a big one and that’s where we’re quite different because I’m on the goofier side. And so to hold that stillness on camera was a challenge the first couple days. Umm, but I I think it came around by the end of the shoot. Like, you know, you put the shoes on and I was able. I was just jumping into the world of medicine. But definitely there was a challenge. The first couple of days of filming and my ohh upright gotta be upright and you know cool, confident, collected and that is not me usually.
To all the fans looking forward to watching the movie, how would you describe Santa’s Got Style in just 3 words?
KD: Two male leads. Would be one of them. Again without giving too much away or surprise, love twist.
What’s been the biggest challenge for you in portraying Madison?
KD: Again, it was the poise that was a challenge for me because I couldn’t describe myself as goofy and sort of uncontained at times. Sort of like, you know, I’ll just kind of pull strange faces sometimes. I kind of like to joke around. And so to it took a few reminders to get me into that, you know, poised feel the director would use a specific word. I think she would say poised to me or something. She’s like poised, poised, poised now. But yeah, and then I would be sitting in the world of of Madison and the envisionment of what she had and I had together. So that was one of the challenges, posture, containment.
If you could choose any other character from Santa’s Got Style, apart from Madison, that you would have loved to play, which one would it be and why?
KD: If I could do another role, it would actually be the role of Andrea, who’s my boss, and it’s played by the most beautiful and talented Lynette Ware, and more so because Lynette is so opposite of that character. Poise. Beauty, absolutely. She’s a stunning lady, but she’s so warm and supportive and kind. And for her, she played this coolness, this boss lady role really, really well to find out like how do you do it? And it’s just years and years and years of experience.
So I think I would like to play the role of Andrea just for the challenge of again playing that stillness, but that driving power and intimidation through it. She’s just the ultimate boss lady. And so I would, I would totally play that just because I know it’s so opposite of what Lynette is like. She’s so lovely. So seeing her and she say I often get cast in these roles, I’m like ohh because it’s a it’s a good niche to have found.