Filipino-American actress Vanessa Hudgens has a Christmas digital series with British actor Josh Whitehouse.
In an interview with Bulletin Entertainment and select members of Philippine media, the 30-year-old actress of Christmas romantic comedy film “The Princess Switch” released in 2018, explained she’s at it again because of she loves Yuletide.
“I think it’s such a fun time, one that I always look back very fondly on,” she said. “It’s really special to do Christmas movies because it’s a festival for families. And doing a film that you can watch around this time, bringing families together, having a little bit of escapism and just believing in love and magic is a really beautiful thing. Like, if I can be in people’s living room and ignite feelings of joy that’s a wonderful thing to be remembered by.”
What’s the difference between “The Knight Before Christmas” and “The Princess Switch?”
“In there I had to play two characters, while here it’s a bit easier,” she replied.
“The Knight Before Christmas” is about the journey of a medieval English knight (Josh) who is magically transported to the present day where he falls for a high school science teacher (Vanessa) who is disillusioned by love.
Brooke (Vanessa) helps Sir Cole (Josh) navigate the modern world and helps him discover how to fulfill his mysterious one true quest — the only act that will return him home. But as he and Brooke grow closer, Sir Cole begins to wonder just how much he wants to return to his old life.
How was it working with Josh, we asked.
“It was great! We had a lot of fun,” Vanessa said. “I was told we were kindred spirits and we kind of hit it off right away (when we met).”
Josh, who was also being interviewed, echoed the actress’s remark.
“I felt like we just clicked quickly and we didn’t have a long time to get to know one another. We’re quite similar kinds of people.”
With the film tackling time travel, the two were asked if they would rather go to the past or to the future at Christmas time.
Vanessa, a homebody, doesn’t want to go anywhere during the holidays.
“I’d like to time travel to the future and see what’s going on, maybe go to the year 4000, if it even exists,” Josh said.
They both love the medieval times.
“I love going to renaissance fair and getting all dressed up and listening to people who are extremely into it,” Vanessa said. “I think it’s a really, really fun time. So when I read the script, I was thrilled. I wanted to go back in time so that I could wear a corset and some medieval clothing. But I love that I got to have a knight and actual armor in this film,” the actress said.
Josh also enjoys dressing up in any kind of costume, actually.
“And getting to play a knight from the 14th century is just a really fun concept to me. When I read the script, you know, the whole idea of playing somebody from such an era coming into such an unknown territory — quite a difficult thing to wrap your head around. But I quite enjoyed the challenge of having to take myself out of what it’s like to have grown up in this time and trying to think of everything that would be a surprise to me. Which is everything around to Cole in the film, everything is something you’ve never seen before. So you have to approach it with this kind of child-like vulnerability, almost. Which was a big challenge for me but a lot of fun.”
Josh admitted wearing an armor suit was “pretty tough” for him.
“First day I tried it on, I realized how heavy it was, about 100 pounds. It gave me a bit of backache and it made my leg shake but I found that I kind of got used to it as the days went on and I kind of looked forward to wearing it because it made me feel in-character,” he said.
The two promise “The Knight Before Christmas” will help people believe in magic again. The new offering of the American media-services provider and production company Netflix also stars Emmanuelle Chriqui, Harry Jarvis, Mimi Gianopulos, and Ella Kenion.