AMC's Justin Bruening reunites with a familiar face in new Lifetime Christmas movie

Posted Wednesday, November 09, 2022 5:57:29 PM
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If you're dreaming of a White Christmas now that the Holiday season is near, or at least a new holiday movie starring a familiar face, you're in luck thanks to a new Lifetime Christmas movie that features a former All My Children star and his Grey's Anatomy co-star.

Justin Bruening (ex-Jamie Martin, All My Children) will team up with Sarah Drew, his former Grey's Anatomy co-star for a new Lifetime Christmas movie titled Reindeer Games Homecoming. The movie is set to premiere November 12 at 8 p.m. EDT on Lifetime.

It's not the first time Bruening and Drew have teamed up together on-screen -- far from it, in fact. The two started working together in 2013 when Bruening began his run as Matthew Taylor on Grey's in 2013. The pair later played a husband and wife in the 2018 wartime drama Indivisible, which Drew co-executive produced.

Drew recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the upcoming holiday film, as well as her working relationship and on-screen chemistry with Bruening.

"Not only is he just a great actor, he's perfect for this role in every way," Drew told the magazine. "We have great chemistry together. And on top of all that, he's such an incredible team player. I knew that I was going to need someone that was just on my team and ready to dive in and be a total team player -- and he was. We had such a blast together. We have a very similar way that we navigate through character journey stuff."

Drew, who wrote the screenplay for Reindeer Games Homecoming and is also one of the film's executive producers, said it was a challenge to find a new avenue for her and Bruening to explore that differed from their previous on-screen interactions. The actress stated that she had to make her and Bruening's characters different for her new film, but she added that she and Bruening still had a great time.

"He's totally a work husband," Drew said of Bruening. "I know we'll work together again. We are already coming up with ideas of stuff to do together again. We love working together. It's so fun. Finding ways to make the pairing different and to make the characters different, and make the energy different is a fun challenge, as well. But we have a blast. It's so easy to work with him. I always know that I'm gonna have an incredibly supportive ally on set with me."

Bruening arrived in Pine Valley in 2003 when he assumed the role of Jamie Martin, Tad Martin's son with Brooke English. Bruening left the soap in 2007, but he returned on September 23, 2011, for AMC's final episode on ABC.

Want to take a trip down memory lane? Check out our extensive Who's Who page on Jamie Martin by clicking here.

To view EW's full article and learn more about Reindeer Games Homecoming, click here.

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