Alison Sweeney Holiday is the queen of movies, and she told Fox News Digital why this season is all about love and family.
In the new Hallmark Christmas film, “The Magical Christmas Village,” Sweeney stars as Summer, who finds herself living with her mother during the holidays. With the help of her daughter and some mysterious Christmas Village figurines, Summer’s mother – played by Marlo Thomas – finds herself in a magical romance.
“It’s a nice perfect combination between a mother and a realistic relationship between her own mother and her daughter,” Sweeney told Fox News Digital. “It’s three generations of women living together during the holidays, which are always a rough time of year, and then a little Christmas magic comes into play and hooks her up with a potentially new love that runs through her life.” So he needs a little bit of magic to push him in that direction.”
Sweeney was thrilled to star Thomas as her mother, saying that working with her was “a dream come true”, and that every day with her was a “masterclass” in comedy. Thomas is best known for her role in the sitcom “That Girl” in the 60s and 70s.
“He’s a wonderful person,” Sweeney says. “Totally professional, totally persuasive, and then, on top of everything, she’s hilarious. She’s the queen of comedy for a reason. There will be moments where she breaks up a scene or restructures for a moment.” And everyone (is) just watching her work like we’re getting a masterclass in being funny… I’m so grateful that she agreed to do this film.”
Before partnering with Hallmark, Sweeney was on the popular daytime soap opera “Days of Our Lives” for 21 years, officially leaving the show in 2014. Her first film with the Hallmark Network was released in 2013, and she has since appeared in 20 movies for the network.
After leaving “Days of Our Lives”, she was happy to “take a break from him and be at home with[her]kids” and “take time out to develop the material[she]wants[she]to have.” Be a part of it.” Since Sweeney now works from one project to another, she has more ‘downtime’ that she can enjoy.
Sweeney has been married to her husband for 22 years and attributes their lasting marriage to the fact that he is a “great guy” who has a “completely different career” from her. She also explained that they both prioritize their children.
“We were really honest with each other in marriage about what we wanted out of life and who we were as people, and even though we were both really young, we grew up together, and grew together, and together learned and always respected each other and our differences and our different career paths,” Sweeney explained.
A tip she shares for new couples is not to always look for grand gestures from your partners and appreciate the small moments too.
“I would tell people who are newlyweds or in a relationship to appreciate the little things,” Sweeney advised. “It’s not ‘The Bachelor’.” You don’t need some big romantic date with twinkling lights and a limo and whatever it is, that’s not a marriage, it’s not what a relationship is.”
Sweeney is happy to have more time with her children since leaving the soap opera world, saying that “the most rewarding part” of being a parent is “watching your child succeed”, whether in school Or something they’ve been struggling with for a while.
Despite helping her kids through difficult times in their lives, she says, “watching them work through something and reach its end,” “is the proudest[she]could ever be.” She said that when her children are happy, she is happy, but when they are sad, she is 10 times as sad.
“I once heard someone say that the range of emotions quadruples when you have kids,” Sweeney explained to Fox News Digital. “They are the highest highs and the lowest lows you’ll ever feel, and you didn’t even know you were missing anything until you had kids and I think that’s certainly true. When If you have kids it’s the best you’ll ever feel, and the worst too.”
Additionally, although she spends more time with her family since leaving the world of daytime drama, Sweeney is still very grateful to her fans.
“I’m so lucky every day that I meet a fan of ‘Days of Our Lives’, and how loyal they’ve been and how much they’ve enjoyed the story and the characters, not always my character, but other people’s characters.” of,” she said. “The same is true for Hallmark fans. They are very loyal. They love watching these movies. They love watching them over and over again.”
The enthusiasm of the fans is something that drives Sweeney to work hard and continue to release quality content for them. This work ethic is something she learned while working on “Days of Our Lives”.
“I work to make these movies the same way I used to do ‘Days of Our Lives,’ thinking about the fans, thinking about the audience, what they’re going to see, I see this moment. To make what I can do is better for them as an audience, and that motive is really making me hope to make films that people enjoy,” Sweeney said. “I like to work, I like to be busy, I like to be a character to work and focus and that work you learn from being on soap like ‘days of Our Lives‘It’s actually really healthy and good for you.
In addition to starring in “The Magical Christmas Village” as part of A New Deal With HallmarkSweeney is also serving as an executive producer, something she found challenging as she had to think through many other details while focusing on doing a good job as an actor and conveying the story to the audience.
While she felt like she was constantly “making up a bunch of different ideas at the same time,” she credits her co-star, Luke MacFarlane, for keeping her in the moment.
“I was lucky enough to have Luke MacFarlane play his love interest to work with me in this film, and so I could really focus on acting when I was with him and focus on that, But literally every other waking moment of the day I was thinking about production and the other nine jobs I needed to do,” Sweeney said.
Executive producer may be a relatively new role for Sweeney, but she says it’s something she’s wanted to do since she was a 4-year-old who walked the set of her first commercial for Kodak.
She remembers telling her father at a young age that she wanted make movies Because she always “felt like a storyteller” as a little girl. He told the story of doing “little shows” with his brother when his father brought home his first camcorder.
“I wanted to act, I wanted to make films since childhood,” Sweeney said. “I’ve wanted to do this my whole life and when I was on the set of the first movie I made for Hallmark, I called my dad, and I was like, ‘Here I am, I’m really popping this. ‘And he was so proud of me. I always knew it was for me, but I never knew it would actually happen! I still pinch myself.”
“A Magical Christmas Village” premieres November 4 on the Hallmark Channel.