Hallmark is about to make network history on Sunday night. They will be airing their first LGBTQ movie. The Christmas House will air on the Hallmark Channel on Sunday night. It stars Jonathan Bennett and Brad Harder, as a same-gender married couple, who are awaiting news on the adoption of their first child.
Jonathan Bennett has been all over the media discussing the importance of this movie. What do we know about this new movie and when can you watch it?
Jonathan Bennett Feels He’s ‘Part Of Progress’ In Historic Hallmark Movie
Jonathan Bennett was on ET on Tuesday night, discussing The Christmas House. Cohosting the show, he shared how happy he was to be part of this historic Hallmark LGBTQ movie. He is part of the first gay couple on screen, in a Hallmark movie.
He said, “This movie is so important. It feels like I’m part of progress, and it feels good.” And he further discussed representation. “It’s an honor.”
Bennett, who came out in 2017, has always played straight roles. This includes playing the Hallmark hunk. So, when he got the call to do this movie, he asked who his leading lady was. Jonathan was quite surprised and happy to learn that he would be starring in this landmark role. “Representation is so important, and to represent this storyline on Hallmark Channel, it’s an honor to make a little history.”
Most importantly, Jonathan thinks it will help bring hope. “To see a movie like that, where you see yourself on screen is so important and I think this Christmas younger me is going to be a little bit less scared and feel a little more seen. Especially with what’s going on in 2020, this is going to be a little bit of hope and a little bit of love that everyone can watch.”
What Is Hallmark’s The Christmas House About?
This is the story of the Mitchell family. Phylis (Lawrence) and Bill (Williams) call their their two sons to come home for Christmas. The family is going to create a Christmas house. That means every single surface of the house will be covered in Christmas. Meanwhile, each family member is going through a different life transition.
Robert Buckley wrote the script. His own family had the Christmas house tradition with the over-the-top decorations. It looks like a lot of fun, in between some real-life drama.
Jonathan Bennett Thanks Hallmark, Michelle Vicary For Making This Happen
Johnathan Bennett went to Twitter to thank Michelle Vicary for this movie. Vicary is executive Vice President of programming at Hallmark. Bennett wrote, “A huge thank you @MichelleVicary and the whole Hallmark family for making this movie happen.”
Just a year ago, there were calls to boycott Hallmark because they removed a Zola wedding advertisement that included two women kissing. After reversing that decision, Hallmark promised to become more diverse and inclusive. Already, the 2020 movies have been more inclusive. But, The Christmas House is a big step forward.
— Jonathan Bennett (@JonathanBennett) November 18, 2020
Jonathan Bennett Was On DWTS Season 19
For those who are not familiar with the effervescent Mean Girls actor, they may actually remember him from Dancing With The Stars Season 19. Jonathan admits he didn’t make the finals–or the semifinals. In fact, he says that he is not terribly good at dancing.
But, Jonathan did post on Instagram a video of him, along with Brad Harder and Sharon Lawrence doing a cute little dance to “Jingle Bell Rock.” They certainly deserve a perfect 10 score!
His social media is filled with a lot of fun and laughs, with Jonathan Bennett’s big personality front and center. Many Hallmark fans expect the movie to reflect this same joyful energy.
If the cast can bring even half this much fun and energy to the story…Very excited for THE CHRISTMAS HOUSE, set to air Nov. 22 on Hallmark.
"She’s not a regular mom she’s a cool mom," Jonathan Bennett wrote of onscreen matriarch Sharon Lawrence
— Ho! Ho! Holiday Viewing! (@SleepyKittyPaw) November 15, 2020
When Can You Watch Hallmark’s First LGBTQ Christmas Movie, The Christmas House?
Hallmark’s The Christmas House premieres on the Hallmark Channel on Sunday, November 22, at 8 p.m., with Encores airing on Thursday, November 26 at 10:03 p.m., Saturday, November 28, at 12 p.m., Wednesday, December 2, at 8 p.m., Monday, December 14, at 12 a.m., Thursday, December 17, at 6 p.m., Friday, December 25, 9:30 a.m., and Thursday, December 31, at 12 a.m., all times Eastern.
Will you be watching Hallmark’s historic LGBTQ Christmas movie?