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EXCLUSIVE: Paul Greene Teases ‘Nostalgia, romance and adventure’ on GAC ‘s I’m Glad It’s Christmas! – INTERVIEW

Jessica Lowndes (Harmony from the Heart) and Paul Greene (When Calls The Heart), together with Gladys Knight (Hollywood Homicide), celebrate Christmas and love with music always on in I’m Glad it’s Christmas, premiering Nov 26 on GAC Family. We at Survived The Shows had the pleasure of chatting with Paul Greene about his experience in the making of I’m Glad it’s Christmas and what fans can expect from the movie. Check out the full interview below!

EXCLUSIVE: Paul Greene Teases ‘Nostalgia, romance and adventure’ on GAC ‘s I’m Glad It’s Christmas! – INTERVIEW

What’s the main element in Jason’s character and the movie that fascinates you the most and drew you to join I’m Glad It’s Christmas?   

PAUL GREENE: Jason is a musician and a jingle rider which I can relate to. He also has a daughter which I can relate to. He has a heart for the community which really drew me to him he grew up enjoying Santa Claus. And instead of getting upset when he found out Santa isn’t real, he decided that he was going to take over the job Sunday which he did.

What drew me most to the role was the fact that I would be able to sing, I’ve always been looking for a character that sings and writes and plays music. And then when I found out that Jessica Lowndes was going to be in this movie as well as Gladys Knight it was an easy YES. I also love shooting in Canada which is where we filmed the movie. And Brad Krevoy was our producer, I worked him with many times before. And had many successful movies and the TV series when calls the heart is produced by Brad at MPCA. So I enjoy working with him he always makes very good quality work.

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As we know quite well so far, GAC movies and shows always feature well-shaped and relatable characters. Where are you and Jason most similar and where most different as human beings?

GREENE: We are the most similar in the terms of being a musician and a father. And most different is that Jason’s into show tunes and Broadway and jingles, and I am into gritty folk country music and some roots gospel.

What’s been the biggest challenge for you in portraying Jason?    

GREENE: I didn’t find a lot of challenges in actually playing Jason. But we filmed six-day weeks which meant we were working 80-hour weeks with only one day off and that was challenging the schedule was very tough and we had some obstacles to overcome. But the bigger the obstacle the bigger the lesson. If everything always went smoothly… You probably would not be making a movie.

To all the fans looking forward to watching the movie, how would you describe I’m Glad It’s Christmas in just 3 words?  

GREENE: Nostalgia, romance, adventure

What can you tease about Holly and Jason’s journey throughout the movie? 

GREENE: They’ve changed her name to Chloe… So the most I can tease is that just like any relationship they have a lot of things to overcome in order to come together. There are some simple misunderstandings and some situations where they are making things much bigger than they need to be, dare I say dramatically. So the journey is not always smooth, but there’s a lot of chemistry a lot of laughter, and a lot of romance… And a few almost kisses… And maybe a kiss at the end but I don’t wanna spoil it.

Talking about the environment on set, how would you describe your experience while filming I’m Glad It’s Christmas. And do you have any fun anecdotes to share?

GREENE: Well, we were shooting in a town called Sudbury Ontario and a TV show that I really like called Letter Kenny shoots there, so I really wanted to go visit the set and meet the creator Jared Keeso, he’s one of Canada’s most talented comedians and writers. I got a chance to go on set thanks to our producer David Anselmo so that was a really highlight to being in town. Also, I played several live shows on live stream &  also I played at two local bars and two nursing homes… So I was busy, but I like to always give back and one way I do that is by finding retirement centers and performing music for the seniors there.

One of the things that made this movie so fun was Jessica and I both sing.

We were singing pretty much every moment that we weren’t acting so behind the scene we would be singing together, she would show me a song and I would try to learn on guitar. And then I would share a song and we would write some harmonies and then we would record it. Many of those are available on @paulgreeneofficial my Instagram and also my TickTok.

They’ve also made their way to a BTS part of my website which is Jessica and I would get up early some mornings and walk down the highway to a really good coffee spot that was in a field. We would talk about the scenes that day and then sit down in the coffee shop and sip our coffee’s next to a fireplace that didn’t work. And then walk back towards the hotel sometimes at six in the morning so we would be able to really dig into the day. Which I love. Jessica is a very hard worker, and just such an incredible singer and scene partner we got along famously and literally laughed the entire time.

A successful movie for me is when you have laugh attacks in the middle of the scene and you have to fight to pull it together even though it’s not always convenient for a busy shooting schedule it reminds me to have fun and that what I’m doing is a pure gift and pure joy.

If you could choose any other character from I’m Glad It’s Christmas, apart from Jason, that you would have loved to play, which one would it be and why?

GREENE: I guess the only other character that would’ve been fun was Chloe, Jessica’s character, just because of the obstacles in the journey and the singing although the type of singing that jessica did is very different from the type of thing I do so that would’ve been a big challenge as well. But you know we had to go in the studio and record the song which I think is a huge hit for Christmas song which is called Christmas feels like falling in love and it was more of a show tune which I had to sing differently in the studio and on set, so that was a good challenge but I like that stuff.

Did you take anything from set, any prop or piece of costume, to remember your experience as Jason? 

PAUL GREENE: There was a very shiny red sequin jacket that my character was going to wear in the final scene. And it didn’t happen and I ended up getting that piece of clothing and it’s super flashy and amazing. And I’ll always take a big piece of Sudbury back home with me because I am from the north of Canada on the west side. I just love small towns and the small-town people and of Canada. I am one after all.

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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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