ABC Family’s “Desperately Seeking Santa” Interview with Laura Vandervoort

Posted on November 27th, 2011 by Freebie Felicia

It’s Christmas movie season! I can’t help it, I’m a sucker for a cute Christmas chick flick. 😉

This one is such a fun twist on a traditional theme with a fresh soundtrack, relatable plot device (hello recession), and of course a heart warming twist that makes it a romantic Christmas movie. ABC Family presents “Desperately Seeking Santa” starring Laura Vandervoort and Nick Zano. The movie premieres Sunday November 27th at 8/7 central on ABC Family. It will be posted online at ABC Family Monday November 28th (so even if you don’t have cable, you can watch it for FREE online instead).

I got a chance to chat with Laura Vandervoort about the movie “Desperately Seeking Santa.” Can I just say she’s adorablely sweet in real life? Don’t fall for her tough character, it truly is an act. 😉

Thrifty Divas – Desperately Seeking Santa is such a fun twist on that money miser Christmas theme. When you first read the script, what did you like about it most?

Laura Vandervoort – Honestly, the fact that she was human was a small portion of the reason I chose to take it because I’d been playing so many out of this world characters, which is a lot of fun to do, but it was nice because I actually felt like I related to Jennifer more than the other characters. She’s a bit of a workaholic like myself and I tend to forgot to have fun sometimes because I am so serious and much like Jennifer. In the film she learns that it’s not all about working hard and being focused. You can actually have fun and relax and I had a chance to do on this film.

It was the first role where I really thoroughly enjoyed the process. We were laughing. We were improvising. We were being silly. The smiles in the film are all real. It was just a great cast and I was finally able to relax. So it’s sort of ironic that what my character went through was sort of what I was going through, which is just learning that it’s not all about work. But, it has been a great year for me and the work has been fantastic and now I’m learning to just really enjoy it.

Thrifty Divas – Do you have any favorite Christmas traditions?

Laura Vandervoort – I do. I’m going home this year. I’m from Canada and I just moved out to L.A. on my own, so I’m looking forward to going home. Every year, both sides of my family—my mom’s side and my dad’s side—we do kind of family reunions and we see the grandparents and all the cousins get together. So that’s nice, but really the tradition I enjoy the most is just having a fire with my parents.

This year, we’re going to our cottage up north and there’s snow and we have deer that come right up to the door, so it’s like a pretty beautiful Christmas. We’re lucky. Much like the movie, as we get older, it’s not about the presents, it’s about the fact that you don’t get to see your family as much as you’d like, especially in this industry. For me, I’m traveling alone a lot of the time, so it’s really special for me now more so than ever to be with my family and also my mom’s broccoli casserole.

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