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12 Days of Hallmark Holiday Favorites: Katrina Law

Photo Credit: Hallmark Channel

This time of the year we’re watching and loving a lot of holiday movies — current and classic — especially on Hallmark. So we decided to show our appreciation for its actors. And while we do appreciate all of them, we’re spotlighting a few of them all the way up until Christmas.

For my second choice (Heather has already shown much love for Steve Byers, Jonathan Scarfe and Jen Lilley; my first all-star choice was Greg Vaughan), I’m going with actress Katrina Law.

She hasn’t actually starred in a Hallmark holiday movie in a couple years so I hope in 2018 she’ll pop up in a new project.

What’s great about Law is how she balances such different roles. I know her best from her roles as a badass assassin (the CW’s Arrow), a ride-or-die cop (CBS’ short-lived Training Day) and even a fierce house slave (Starz’s Spartacus series).

In her two Hallmark holiday movies her characters haven’t been called on to kill or maim anyone, obviously. In Snow Bride, she plays Greta, a reporter at a tabloid magazine. And in 12 Gifts of Christmas, she’s Anna, a struggling painter who ends up dabbling as a Christmas gifter, which in this world means she’s a personal shopper with an extra knack for finding the right presents during the most wonderful time of the year.

Photo Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Fred Hayes

In 12 Gifts, we get to know Anna and her family. And once she becomes the Christmas gifter for Aaron O’Connell’s uptight corporate character named Marc, we get to know his family as well. It was awesome to see how easily his mom, dad and sister accepted Anna into their family. They quickly grew attached to her so when Anna and Marc finally got together at the end of the movie, it was a really sweet moment.

And while predictable, it was also nice to see the effect Anna and Marc had on each other’s lives and dreams, even though things got a bit bumpy as they do in these types of movies. But because Aaron took a chance on Anna, her painting aspirations took a step forward. And because of Anna’s influence, Aaron was able to reconnect with his family in a way he hadn’t in a long time.

Photo Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Fred Hayes

And one more factor made this movie memorable: the presence of Donna Mills, which is always welcome. I also loved seeing O’Connell in this lead role. The only thing I’m going to forget is Anna’s Santa painting that Marc used for his ad campaign. I ended up concentrating on Marc and Anna getting their happy ending instead.

Photo Credit: Hallmark Channel

Moving on to Snow Bride. I’m not usually someone who enjoys the whole persistent reporter who hides her true identity in order to do anything to get the juicy story schtick, but for Law, I did. Of course Greta would end up falling in love with the Kennedy-esque guy she tries to get the goods on — that was inevitable.

Photo Credit: Hallmark Channel

This movie gave good scenery considering it takes place at Big Bear mountain resort (or whatever Canadian location subbed in for Big Bear — Editor’s Note: actually, this movie was indeed filmed at Big Bear. How awesome is that? Thanks Tracy!). And much how Law and O’Connell shared a nice chemistry in 12 Gifts, so did Law and Snow Bride‘s main man, Jordan Belfi.

In the future, I hope Law revisits the Hallmark universe.

You can catch 12 Gifts of Christmas on Hallmark Channel Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 2pm/1c. It’s Snow Bride‘s turn to repeat Thursday, Dec. 21 at 8am/7c also on Hallmark.

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  1. “Snow Bride” was actually filmed in Big Bear. And Kat is awesome! 🙂

    • Tina Charles says:

      Was it? That’s awesome. Loved the location and all that snow. Thanks for the heads up and thanks for reading!

      • Weeeelllll, the “snow” was hit or miss. Close ups was actual snow from the area (movie was filmed in early March so there was some real snow available but it was melting *fast*!); that white stuff on the Tannenhill’s house? Foam. Shhhhhhh….. 😉

        And I’m gonna do my best to get Ms. Law back into another Christmas movie ASAP!! Thanks for the article! I agree completely. 🙂

        • Tina Charles says:

          You’re welcome! And I won’t tell a soul. Your snow secret stays with me. haha

          (By the way, I’m looking forward to seeing Christmas Getaway.)

        • Patti Weller says:

          A sequel to Snow Bride with the same actors and actresses would be awesome.They were all great and Katrina and Jordan had alot of chemistry.

  2. Patti Weller says:

    Snow Bride was one of my favorite movies.
    Jordan, Katrina, Bobby and Tom are some of my favorite actors.
    Jordan and Katrina had awesome chemistry.

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