Associates on and off digital camera! Aimee Garcia couldn’t be extra grateful for her relationship with costar Freddie Prinze Jr. after working collectively within the family-friendly and lighthearted Netflix film Christmas With You.
Garcia, 44, performs Angelina, a pop star who’s in search of inspiration after feeling burnout. “Angelina is a workaholic and profession lady who’s afraid to place her coronary heart on the road, which I feel is one thing we are able to all relate to,” Garcia informed Us Weekly solely of her character. “She will get challenged when the ever-charming Freddie Prinze Jr. comes into her life and sort of turns issues the wrong way up.”
To assist rediscover her spark, Angelina decides to grant a 15-year-old mega-fan’s want to meet her — and unexpectedly finds love alongside the way in which.
Prinze Jr., 46, performs a single dad named Miguel, who occurs to be a songwriter. He and Angelina inevitably start a musical collaboration — however their connection has the potential for one thing extra.
Earlier than filming started in October 2021, the Lucifer alum and the She’s All That star had by no means met. Nonetheless, Garcia informed Us she was “positively a fan” of her costar.
“He was so trustworthy, and so ready and so skilled and had nice concepts and was tremendous collaborative. He was very subtly charming, and that drew me in and I feel it drew the viewers in as properly,” she gushed. “We’ve remained mates, and it was nice.”
The costars hit it off so properly that they’ve spoken about presumably collaborating on one other venture sooner or later.
“We each need to work collectively once more,” the Chicago native stated. “He’s like, ‘I’ll do something. I’ll maintain the sunshine for you within the subsequent film.’ And I’m like, ‘The sensation is mutual.’”
Garcia could also be a fan of Prinze Jr., however she would’ve been much more starstruck had she met his spouse, Sarah Michelle Gellar.
“I’m an enormous Sarah Michelle Geller fan. I feel she is so gifted and was such a trailblazer and was such an iconic feminine function forward of her time,” the Dexter alum informed Us. “I pictured us hanging out within the large metropolis, however she didn’t get an opportunity to come back to the set. We shot in New York, so I haven’t gotten an opportunity to fulfill her, however she’s been so extremely supportive of the movie.”
Garcia stated she “completely geeked out” when Prinze Jr. informed her that he deliberate to observe Christmas With You together with his household.
“She posted [about the movie] on her Instagram and I utterly fan-girled and obtained tremendous purple in my face. And I’m like, ‘Oh, my gosh,’ We’re following one another on our socials. I obtained very excited,” the George Lopez star gushed.
Together with that includes a stellar forged, the vacation rom-com provides a various twist as properly, with Latino heritages showcased each in entrance of and behind the digital camera.
“I used to be drawn to the movie as a result of I had by no means seen an American Christmas film headlined by two Latinos, particularly one written by Latinos, directed by Latino and produced by Latinos. So, this story felt very genuine,” Garcia defined.
The movie character continued: “I obtained to talk slightly Spanish, which to Netflix’s credit score, they let me sing part of the track in Spanish. It was initially all written in English. So, I’m actually glad that I obtained to sprinkle in Spanish as a result of it’s my first language.”
Angelina could be very completely different from different characters Garcia has performed previously, however she liked having her “Beyoncé second” within the new flick.
“To get to have the extensions, to be dancing in five-inch-heels, the nails and the entire diva mode of all of it was simply so enjoyable.” the actress teased to Us. “How typically do you get to really feel like Beyoncé with skilled backup dancers and getting lifted within the air? I used to be like a child in a sweet retailer.”
The Netflix film combines comedy and romance with the vacation spirit, which is able to go away viewers with pleased hearts.
“I simply need to see this stunning Latino household within the cloth of American cinema. And I hope folks everywhere in the world simply need to have a seat on the desk and see themselves within the household and feeling good within the Christmas spirit as a result of I feel that’s actually what we’d like, particularly in the course of the holidays,” Garcia stated.
Christmas With You is now streaming on Netflix.