Megan Hilty is a huge fan of Christmas, so it was only appropriate that she brilliant in her aboriginal ceremony movie: Lifetime’s Santa’s Boots.
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“We adulation this time of year. We’re Christmas fanatics in our house. We active Nov. 2, which is our bells anniversary, so our Christmas timberline has been up for about bristles or six weeks now. But we’re those people,” Hilty, 37, said with a beam during a contempo account with ET (watch an absolute bastard blink from Santa’s Boots above). “So I was captivated aback Lifetime asked me to appear do a Christmas movie, because it’s appropriate up my alley. It came out of the dejected and I said, ‘Yes, of course!’ This sounds like annihilation but a lovely, fun, Christmassy time — all things that I like.”
In the Cinderella-inspired Santa’s Boots, Hilty plays Holly, an aggressive crammer who allotment to her baby hometown alone to ascertain that her family’s administration abundance is on the border of foreclosure. To accumulate the business going, she finds herself roped into arena one of Santa’s Helpers and meets the affably handsome Nick, who has been assassin to ample Santa’s (Noah Mills) shoes. As all ceremony movies go, Holly and Nick alpha falling in love, but battle arises aback he aback disappears — aloof aback things alpha accepting active — and Holly alone has one clue to acquisition Nick: his missing atramentous Santa boot.
Ahead of Sunday’s premiere, ET batten with Hilty about arch her own made-for-TV Christmas film, the allowance of a Smash reunion special (or absolutely annihilation at this point), her family’s ceremony affairs and what’s abutting for her (hint: something’s a brewin’!).
ET: Aback this is your aboriginal holiday film, what drew you to the adventure of Santa’s Boots?
Megan Hilty: Probably the character. It’s affectionate of a Cinderella story but she’s not Cinderella, which I love; she’s the prince in this movie. That’s what I absolutely liked. She’s a actual able woman. She’s actual independent. She is acutely aggressive and I feel she’s actual abundant like myself. But she additionally has this little bendable atom that Noah’s character, Nick, affectionate of pulls out of her at Christmastime.
I’m a huge fan of this time of year, partly because of all the new ceremony movies that are premiering all division long, and your blur is abundantly adorable to watch. Was there a specific arena that you were attractive advanced to shooting?
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Oddly, I was aflame to see the elf apparel and abrasion it all the time, and I absolutely did. Most of the film, I feel like I’m cutting the elf costume. [Laughs.] The appearance that I comedy hates it, but I adulation that affectionate of stuff. Any adventitious to dress up for anything, I’m all for it, abnormally an elf, are you badinage me?
Are you big into watching ceremony movies? Accept you watched any made-for-TV films afore you were casting in this one?
I haven’t watched actual many, to be actual honest, until I got this offer. And afresh I started accomplishing my analysis and wow, they are amazing and all-encompassing and already you abatement in adulation with the Lifetime ceremony movies, you’re hooked. Now, I’m a fan forever.
Since it is the holidays, are you activity all out this year? What affectionate of traditions are you attractive advanced to this Christmas?
We accept a agglomeration of accompany advancing to break with us on Christmas, which is absolutely fun, so I’m affectionate of hosting, and I accept two actual baby accouchement and my daughter, Viola, is 4 and she’s aloof now absolutely compassionate what Christmas is all about and accepting into the traditions and being like that. I’m accomplishing her appearance agenda every morning and decorating with her and talking about why we accord bodies presents. But on Christmas Day, it’s all about food. I accept a actual austere aphorism at my abode that everybody stays in their pajamas all day and this year, we’re activity to accept a applique decorating contest. It’s activity to be like Top Chef. It’s activity to be intense, like we’re activity to draw for which applique abode you get, you’re activity draw for which types of decorating accoutrement you get. It’s activity to be major.
You’re not messing around. You’re putting guidelines and restrictions…
Switching gears, we have to allocution about Smash because I still absence that show! Does your apperception occasionally aberrate to that time in your activity and career?
I know, me too. It was the job of a lifetime. I had the greatest time alive on that set and I fabricated accompany that will aftermost me a lifetime. Me and Kat[harine McPhee] accept talked about addition out how to assignment calm afresh aback then. Yeah, I sing from the shows all the time in my concerts. Unfortunately, one of our producers [Craig Zadan] passed abroad recently, so we had a memorial account for him, so a lot of us got calm and acquired a lot of memories there too, but in a absolutely admirable way. It was bittersweet.
Speaking of Katharine, you acquaint photos with her backstage while she was accomplishing Waitress beforehand this year. Clearly, you guys are still close. How badly do you both appetite to assignment together?
We’re consistently aggravating to amount out how we could do that. Our schedules are so crazy and different, so we’re consistently talking about it. Who knows if it would anytime happen, but I see her and allocution to her all the time. She’s aloof the greatest. Some bodies would adulation to anticipate that we abhorrence anniversary added because our characters hated anniversary added on the show, but it’s so far from the truth.
I’m aloof bridge my fingers that bristles years bottomward the line, we’ll get that Smash Christmas special…
I know! There’s been a lot of allocution about accomplishing article like that, so I don’t apperceive what that would be. But the actuality is, and honestly, I get chock-full and asked about it every distinct day, and we’ve been off the air for bristles years? It’s crazy to me that bodies are still — I’m not joking, every distinct day I get asked about it by strangers. The actuality that so abounding bodies are so absorbed in still is crazy and admirable to me.
That aloof agency that you addled a ambit and fabricated an appulse on people.
You’re able-bodied accustomed in the amphitheater world, but I’m curious, has the alley you’ve taken in your career been hasty in any way?
It’s weird, because it’s all hasty but it’s affectionate of not at the aforementioned time. I’m consistently abashed that bodies are still allurement me to do stuff. I’m consistently like, “Really?” It’s that affair area everybody’s like, “Somebody’s activity to acquisition out I’m a artifice eventually or later, that I’m not declared to be here.” I anticipate in every profession bodies feel that way, I don’t anticipate it’s aloof actors. Aback things appear along, I’m consistently so beholden — I’m consistently afraid — but at the aforementioned time, I’ve consistently acquainted like this is what I’m declared to do it in some way or another, article in the ball field. I assumption it’s a little both. I’m consistently afraid that I’m alive but this is what I’ve consistently capital to do, so a little bit not.
Looking advanced to 2019, what claimed goals accept you set for yourself?
Every year, me and my bedmate [Brian Gallagher] — instead of accomplishing New Year’s resolutions — we set an ambition for the year. One year, we did the year of music, and we had a brace of stipulations, like we had to biking alfresco the country aloof for a concert or an opera. And the abutting year, it was about account more. This year, I’ve been cerebration about it, and now that my babe is old abundant to alpha to accept all this stuff, I anticipate it will be about the year of giving back. Cerebration about how we can get complex in association projects and things like packing backpacks for advance kids. There’s always people defective things. I consistently feel like the added I can get my babe complex in the things that we’re doing, I anticipate that’s activity to be our ambition for the abutting year.
What abroad can we apprehend to see from you?
I’m not accustomed to allocution about it yet, but I’m so excited, so hopefully we’ll be talking afresh soon! I’m absolutely aflame for 2019. There are absolutely activity to be some fun things on the border that I’m really, absolutely aflame for. It’s affectionate of TV-related, it’s affectionate of everything; I accept no abstraction aback they’re activity to advertise it but I’m absolutely excited!
Santa’s Boots premieres Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime.
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