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Lyndie Greenwood Previews Magic in Mistletoe 

Lyndie Greenwood Previews Magic in Mistletoe

[Warning: General spoilers ahead.]

Friday night on Hallmark Channel, Paul Campbell is back for Christmas in Magic in Mistletoe as Harrington Davis, a delightfully crusty, wildly successful, reclusive children’s book author who very nearly tanks the release of the final installment in his Harry Potter-level series with an ill-advised social media post about the consumerization of his beloved characters and the holiday season. Lyndie Greenwood plays April Collins, the publisher’s PR/crisis manager who’s dispatched into the field to wrangle him for an apology tour of sorts back to his beloved hometown that inspired the books.

Harrington is having none of it until she overstates the repercussions if he refuses to play ball. He very begrudgingly agrees to the terms and together they head home to make nice (and sell some books). And in the process, she helps him recapture the joy he’d lost and reclaim the meaning the season once held for him. Paula Elle directs a script by Skyy Blair. The film is Greenwood’s third holiday title, after Every Time a Bell Rings, which is streaming on Hallmark Movies Now, and last year’s Heritage Holiday, which is streaming on Peacock. This week, I caught up with her to chat about the new film.

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While Greenwood has done family-centered holiday films and the friendship-centric non-holiday entry, Girlfriendship, she loved getting to do an old-fashioned romcom. “Hallmark has been so lovely with the variety of roles that I’ve been able to play and relationships that I’ve been able to explore. But I’ve always loved the romcom and so, that, for me, is just enticing to begin with. And then, add Paul Campbell to the list. I was super excited to be able to play with him that way because he’s a super fun, funny person to be around. Getting to be in that space with him is just a joy.” she shares.

That’s not to say they don’t start off fractious, when she straight up threatens him with legal action. “The meet cute is kind of out of the ordinary for a Hallmark. There’s a lot of tension in that scene. And I think it really sets the tone for the rest of the movie and it was a lot of fun to play with that dynamic,” Greenwood says. “This is a very handsome man that I have to go and sort of bully into a situation that he doesn’t wanna do.”

At one point in the film, April’s mother (Jacqueline Samuda) gets an inside look at how she does what she does for a living, and Greenwood enjoyed that nod to her own history. “That was a little bit of reality for me. Being an actor is kind of a lonely position sometimes because people that aren’t in the industry really don’t understand how it works,” she explains.

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“Every now and again, I get to bring a family member on board for a moment. They’ll come visit me on set and get to see the workings behind the curtain. And so that relationship really rang true for me and really pulled at my heartstrings because it’s something that I’ve done before in my own life.”

Nikita was the first time I brought my dad onto set and I remember the director said, ‘You can sit here, but just sit down and be quiet,’ and ‘Okay, everybody quiet, [we’re] rolling.’ And my dad started to practically shake and when cut happened, he said, ‘Sweetheart, I gotta go. I was so nervous I was gonna get you fired. I was gonna burp or cough or something. I’m never doing this again.”

Greenwood also gets to rock a proper fairy costume and she she says that was a fun throwback to her childhood. “Let me tell you, three-year-old Lyndie was [loving it]. I was a kid who apparently refused to wear pants. I only wanted to wear princess dresses,” she laughs. “And there’s actually a photo of me in a very similar dress with a little sparkly wand somewhere around, my mom or my dad has it. And so that was very fulfilling for me and a lot of fun.”

Magic In Mistletoe

The film also gives Greenwood and Campbell the opportunity to dig into as Harrington and April push past their preconceived ideas about each other. “This movie got to some real places. Our relationship was rocky to begin with and it was fun to play with that but still maintain a Hallmark vibe. You don’t wanna get too dark, but it was a very creatively satisfying project for me to be able to go to explore those emotions that you don’t normally expect with Hallmark,” she says.

“We just got to the real heart of what it’s like to be a human in this world around the holidays and to connect with other people and what that means. And when you have a scene partner who just will go there with you, it’s just such a delight,” she explains.

“It really reminds me of what I love about acting, which is moments with other human beings, exploring these moments together. And there’s so much going on in the world all the time, especially these last few years, and I just love being able to be a part of something that brings people joy. It’s delightful. It brings me joy.”

Magic in Mistletoe premieres Friday, December 8th, at 8 pm/7c on Hallmark Channel and streaming on multiple outlets in the U.S. and W Network in Canada. Here are a couple of sneak peeks.

Photos courtesy of Allister Foster/Hallmark Media; videos courtesy of Hallmark Media.

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