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The Netflix film's stars speak to The Hollywood Reporter about the accessibility of the streamer, the most memorable scenes to film and their favorite holiday traditions.
Netflix is helping viewers get into the holiday spirit with its latest Christmas romantic comedy The Knight Before Christmas, which is now streaming.
In the film, science teacher Brooke Vanessa Hudgens takes in medieval knight Sir Cole Josh Whitehouse after a magical sorceress transports him to present-day Ohio. Once in the small town, Cole must fulfill his mysterious one true quest in order to return home.
While Brooke is not looking for love at the beginning of the movie, things change when she meets the knight. "When she meets Cole, it puts everything she knows on the cusp," Hudgens tells The Hollywood Reporter.
"Cole has spent his life training as a knight. He's been a baker, a candlestick maker. He's kind of the whole trade," Whitehouse says of his character. "He has to seek his quest, which turns out to be love, and he finds that with Brooke."
While Hudgens is no stranger to the streaming service, the film marks Whitehouse's first collaboration with Netflix. "I love Netflix. This is my third film that I've done with them. I feel like it's hard because the industry is changing because of streaming platforms, and it's expensive to get an entire family into the theater, as well," she says about why she likes working with the streamer.
"I love the theater experience and I'm still an absolute fan of it, but I feel like Netflix is a place where I can do films that continue to live on and that people can access at their fingertips whenever they want," she continues. "It's just really nice to know that my films are easily watchable and accessible."
In addition to starring in the film, Hudgens also serves as an executive producer. "It wasn't the most serious or heavy content matter, so I felt like it was a good, easy fun thing to begin that journey. It was one that I felt very safe in," she says of choosing The Knight Before Christmas as the first film she produced. "I loved doing it and being part of the process. Having a bit more to say was a really wonderful thing."
Whitehouse adds that he thinks Netflix plays an important role of keeping movies relevant. "The best films will die out if they don't stay in the cinema for a long time, so having movies available to stream is great," he says. "Especially a Christmas film because the holiday comes around each year."
Both Whitehouse and Hudgens agree that they wanted to do the film to help spread Christmas spirit. "Christmas films spread joy and happiness and bring family together at such a festive time," says Whitehouse. "To be a part of people's lives and in their homes on their televisions...
Vanessa Hudgens is apologizing for a viral video in which the High School Musical actress says she “respects” the coronavirus, but she doesn’t think it’s that big of a deal because people die all of the time. It, uh, it wasn’t great. Via THR:
During the clip, Hudgens, who is looking directly at the camera, responds to shutdown orders that some — including President Donald Trump — have said could last as long as July or August. “Um, yeah, ’til July sounds like a bunch of bullshit,” she said of a potential quarantine to her 38.4 million followers. “I’m sorry, but like, it’s a virus, I get it, like, I respect it, but at the same time I’m like, even if everybody gets it, like yeah, people are going to die, which is terrible but like, inevitable?”
Hudgens ended the video by saying, “I don’t know. Maybe I shouldn’t be doing this right now?” which is a bit of understatement because the clip immediately went viral after it was shared by journalist Yashar Ali who called the actress’ remarks “horrible and heartless,” which prompted an intense backlash on social media.
What a horrible and heartless message for you to share with the younger people who look up to you @VanessaHudgens pic.twitter.com/p0vIekdigP
— Yashar Ali ???? @yashar March 17, 2020After seeing her name Trending on Twitter - she made it all the way to #1 in the U.S. - Hudgens quickly tossed up a new Instagram Live video that didn’t give big ups to the coronavirus as she urged her 38 million followers to treat the situation seriously:
“I realize that some of my comments are being taken out of context. It’s a crazy time. it’s a crazy, crazy, time, and I am at home and I am in lockdown and I hope that’s what you guys are doing, too; in full quarantine and staying safe and sane. I don’t take this situation lightly by any means. Stay inside y’all.”
Staying inside is obviously the best advice right now, but if you’re Vanessa Hudgens, taking a social media break might not be a bad idea, too. Just as a precaution.
Via THR, Yashar Ali, Instagram
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