EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Andrew Dunbar Breaks Down Lifetime’s Merry Magic Christmas!


Patricia Isaac and Andrew Dunbar will star in “Merry Magic Christmas” a new, original movie premiering Sunday, December 17 at 8 p.m. on Lifetime Channel. We at Survived The Shows had the incredibile chance to chat via email with star Andrew Dunbar and discuss the movie and his on-set experience. Check out the full interview below!

Can you tell us a bit about your character in Merry Magic Christmas?

Nate Matthews is the theatre director at the local theatre with passion for his work and the awesome kids he works with, but when it comes to running the business side he’s a real dud. He’s an artist without much business sense, which I can relate with. 

What initially attracted you to your role in Merry Magic Christmas?

I thought that being in the theatre and working with the kids would be fun. I knew a few of my friends would be involved as well so that always makes it a guaranteed good time. And it’s during Christmas, I love a good holiday movie. 

What do you think makes the romance in the movie so special and captivating?

It’s an enemies to lovers story but with a healthy twist of some Christmas magic. It’s always fun to have characters battle with fate and whether or not they believe in it. I thought the writer did a good job with this one, and we had a lot of fun with it on set. 

What do you hope audiences take away from watching Merry Magic Christmas?

I hope they find a few chuckles and have as much fun watching it as we did making it. 

What was it like working with the rest of the cast on set?

That was, and usually is, my favorite part of every film I get to make. I had some friends in the cast and made some new ones so we had a really awesome time making this one. Lots of laughs and good people so I couldn’t have asked for much more. 

What can you tease about your character Journey?

Nate works with kids at his theatre and that gave me the opportunity to play like a kid again. I love when there’s some opportunities to be goofy and hopefully some of that fun stuff made the cut. 

What was your favorite scene or moment while filming Merry Magic Christmas?

Honestly, I spent a lot of time watching the kids off camera doing their play. They were so fun to watch, it gave me a real warm nostalgia bomb and reminded me of when I started out doing plays in school. That was definitely special to watch. 

Can you tell us about any challenges you faced while filming Merry Magic Christmas and how you overcame them?

As I said, we were having lots of fun, sometimes may be a little bit too much, and couldn’t contain the giggles throughout some takes. Always a struggle to stop once they start. 

Change of subject, What have been some of the most memorable projects you have worked on throughout your career, and why?

The most memorable projects are the ones where I’ve met some of the best people that are in my life today. I met my wife and a really good friend on Alien Trespass over 15 years ago now so that’s gotta be up there. I also produce and make movies with some of my best friends and always have the best time. I feel pretty lucky to be able to do that. 

Can you tease something about your next projects?

I’m gearing up to make a film next year with some friends that takes place along the West Coast Trail in BC. I’ve been wanting to make this film for a long time and can’t wait to get out into the woods, as it’s one of my favorite places to be. 

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