HOLIDAY SPECIAL: Stars reveal which of their real-life moments would make good Christmas films

Posted Friday, December 16, 2022 1:10:56 PM
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If you're looking for some serious warm fuzzies, you'll get it with Soap Central's holiday special in which the stars discuss the most magical moments from their lives that could easily make it to Hallmark's Christmas lineup.

It seems like there's a Christmas film about pretty much everything these days, but if the writers of holiday movies are ever in need of inspiration for new films, all they have to do is turn to the lives of soap opera stars. Don't believe us? Just check out some of the insanely sweet, heartwarming answers they gave to our holiday roundup question: What moment from your own life do you think would make a good Christmas movie and why?

Kelsey Wang (Allie Nguyen, The Young and the Restless)

"My parents never really understood Christmas traditions but they knew that every year, I wished to have a Christmas morning like in the movies, where you come downstairs to all these gifts left by Santa. So, one year, I came downstairs and it was like the movies, there were so many gifts wrapped under the tree. I opened them excitedly and it turned out my dad had wrapped our used candles, plates, and random house stuff as 'presents' to me. I couldn't help but laugh. You almost got it dad!"

Brandon Beemer (Shawn Brady, Days of our Lives)

"I guess it would be when my flight got canceled to fly home for Christmas and how it ended up working out after days of struggling to find a solution. I ended up making it in on Christmas Eve and it all worked out."

Evan Hofer (Dex Heller, General Hospital)

"So in Kansas, pretty flat right? Not a lot of hills for sledding. So, my dad used to pull my friends and I behind his truck and we would compete to see who could go the furthest without eating it. That'd make a fun kids' Christmas movie."

Jennifer Gareis (Donna Logan, The Bold and the Beautiful)

"When I had my second child... two healthy babies, one boy and one girl. That makes for a wonderful feel-good Christmas movie!"

Mark Grossman (Adam Newman, Y&R)

"Living in Chicago when I was younger had all the ingredients for a quintessential Christmas: ice skating, building snowmen, drinking hot chocolate, sledding, cutting our own Christmas tree, and going downtown to F.A.O Schwartz -- a kid's dream!"

John McCook (Eric Forrester, B&B)

"Going to bed after a long day at B&B and the Ghost of Christmas Past manifests in the darkness.....and it's Stephanie [Forrester]! AAAGH!"

Cady McClain (Jennifer Horton, DAYS; ex-Dixie Cooney, All My Children)

"That's such a sweet question! The first thing that pops to mind is my sister and I went to New Orleans together and I think something about sisters in New Orleans at Christmas-time would be fun. There's something really sweet about that, and I'm sure there's something there, somebody showing up in a Santa suit or something like that. There's a good story somewhere in there, all the musicians walking around, and the magic of music in that city and the Christmas decorations. I had my little dog, Mr Peanut, with me, and I'm sure if some wonderful writer extrapolated on that, it would be rather darling. [Laughs]"

Rory Gibson (Noah Newman, Y&R)

"I can't really think of one extreme moment that would lend itself to being a movie. But I grew up poor in a pretty rough area, and my mom always found a way to make Christmas feel so special. So, I guess a story of a mother's love!"

Diamond White (Paris Buckingham, B&B)

"One Christmas my mom got me a puppy and It was the most picture-perfect moment ever. I named him Max. He was the cutest Yorkie puppy ever."

Connor Floyd (Chance Chancellor, Y&R)

"Anything football related. Christmas and football, what a combo."

Martha Madison (Belle Black, DAYS)

"To know me is to know that Christmas is my favorite time of year. When AJ and I first started dating, he was still living in San Francisco and I was based in LA, so we missed our first Christmas together. That next February, he came to town and invited me to come have lunch at his hotel. When he opened the door to his hotel room, he had decorated the entire room in twinkle lights with beautifully wrapped presents spread out across the floor and had the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack playing in the background. He made Christmas in February, and of course I fell madly in love! This magic day made such an impression on me that when we got married, we selected 'Christmas Time is Here' as our wedding song, even though we got married in August. Did I mention that his actual birthday is on Christmas Day? I guess he is my forever Christmas miracle."

Zuleyka Silver (Audra Charles, Y&R)

"I went to Washington state last Christmas to meet my boyfriend's family. I think it would make a hilarious Christmas movie because it was just me trying to adapt to the cold weather, wearing five layers of clothing at all times, and falling into fluffy snow pits, all while trying to be liked by his family. I give the impression that I have it all together but I'm a mess 90% of the time [laughs]. The snow-covered houses and streets made me feel like I was in a Hallmark movie."

Kimberlin Brown (Sheila Carter, B&B/Y&R)

"Coming back to the show... dreams really do come true!"

Melissa Ordway (Abby Newman, Y&R)

"I think [my daughter] Olivia's first Christmas would make a sweet movie. We were in my parent's small town of Rockport, Maine, and it was absolutely magical. The town was decorated so beautifully. Seeing Christmas through Olivia's eyes in that town, it felt like it was straight from a movie."

Allison Lanier (Summer Newman, Y&R)

"I usually visit my family in Georgia for Christmas, but the few I've spent in New York have been magical. There's something so quiet and peaceful about the city that time of year, and yet you can turn a corner or open a door and find something surprisingly raucous if you are looking. It would and has made a wonderful backdrop for a Christmas movie. And hey, if you're making it, you could always put me in it!"

Dan Feuerriegel (E.J. DiMera, DAYS)

"A moment for me was when I went to visit my estranged wife at her Christmas party in Los Angeles. While attending the party, some German terrorists took over the plaza and I singlehandedly took them out one by one. I dropped the bad guy boss, this Snape looking dude, out of a thirty-five story building to save the day. Save the wife. It was pretty cool. Bit of an ego boost. Think it would make a sweet Christmasmas story. Yippee ki yay Santa!"
*Editor's Note: In case it wasn't obvious, Feuerriegel's answer was a joke, as it's the plot to the film Die Hard.

Brytni Sarpy (Elena Dawson, Y&R)

"The story of rescuing and adopting my pup would be a cute Christmas movie, especially if it were animation and I could voice Charli (I already do at home)."

Lauralee Bell (Christine Williams, Y&R)

"When my husband proposed at the bottom of a mountain with snow and lights, making it the perfect proposal on New Year's Eve. There would have to be more to the movie, but that's a pretty good closing scene!"

What do you think about the stars' answers to our holiday roundup this year? Which was your favorite answer? And which real-life moment from your life do you think would make a good Christmas film and why? We want to hear from you -- and there are many ways you can share your thoughts.

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