EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Jessica Sipos Breaks Down UPtv’s Mistletoe Connection!

We at Survived The Shows had the incredibile chance to chat with star Jessica Sipos and discuss UPtv's Mistletoe Connection and her on-set experience. Check out the full interview below!

Jessica Sipos and Markian Tarasiuk will star in “Mistletoe Connection a new, original movie premiering Sunday, November 26 at 7 p.m. on UP TV. We at Survived The Shows had the incredibile chance to chat via email with star Jessica Sipos and discuss the movie and her on-set experience. Check out the full interview below!

Can you tell us a bit about your character in Mistletoe Connection?

JESSICA SIPOS: I play Kate who is the quirky, outgoing, and passionate owner of the Treasures from the Heart Gift Shop. She meets Mark by chance on a transit bus and the two have a connection, but she is dismayed to discover that he is the executive in charge of the Kline Enterprises portfolio responsible for the development threatening her store.

What initially attracted you to your role in Mistletoe Connection?

JESSICA SIPOS: What drew me to the role was how the script beautifully captured the essence of love and second chances. I also have a newfound love of shooting Christmas movies. 

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

JESSICA SIPOS: The romance in the movie is special because it combines the warmth of the holiday spirit with the magic of unexpected connections. I hope viewers will find it captivating as it unfolds with genuine emotions and heartfelt moments. Markian was so wonderful to work with and I think we brought a great chemistry between the two characters. 

What do you hope audiences take away from watching Mistletoe Connection?

JESSICA SIPOS: I hope audiences take away the importance of embracing joy in the little things, the magic of love during the holidays, and the belief that sometimes, the best surprises come when you least expect them.

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

JESSICA SIPOS: Working with the cast was an absolute delight. There was a wonderful sense of camaraderie on set and we all genuinely loved spending time with each other! I always believe this trickles down from wonderful producers as well. This was a special set. 

What can you tease about your character’s journey?

JESSICA SIPOS: Without giving too much away my character experiences a transformative personal journey that parallels the main romance. She adds a unique element to the story, and I hope viewers will enjoy unraveling her layers.

What was your favorite scene or moment while filming Mistletoe Connection?

JESSICA SIPOS: Pretty much all the scenes around the table with Markian we had the giggles even though the dialogue was more grounded which made it some of my favourite scenes to film. 

Can you tell us about any challenges you faced while filming Mistletoe Connection and how you overcame them?

JESSICA SIPOS: I think the biggest challenge is shooting winter during summer. We were in a heat wave in Vancouver while filming all bundled up in winter clothes which is always, well, sweaty. Big thank you to the makeup, wardrobe and hair department for doing everything they could to keep us cool!

You also starred in Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ A Season for Family, which premiered November 22. Can you tell us a bit about your character?

JESSICA SIPOS: I play Taylor who is Paul’s (played by a familiar face to me, Brenden Penny) sister. It was an interesting new dynamic to play for us after playing husband and wife for years but Brenden is such a wonderful friend to me so it made for a fun time shooting together. 

What was your favorite scene or moment while filming A Season for Family?

JESSICA SIPOS: I really enjoyed filming the scenes in the kitchen where my character somewhat confronts Brenden’s character. Brenden excels in those scenes and is such an incredible actor so working opposite him during those scenes is always such a joy. 

Would you tell us your favourite memories about your time as Sarah in Hallmark tv show Chesapeake Shores?

JESSICA SIPOS: My time as Sarah in “Chesapeake Shores” holds a special place in my heart. Creating bonds with the cast and crew and exploring the character’s growth was a truly rewarding experience. That island is another home to me and my family and the location is amongst the most stunning in the world. Forever grateful for that experience. 

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

JESSICA SIPOS: Ascension stands out as very memorable for me. It was one of my first jobs and the calibre of the production and cast added to my growth as an artist significantly. I made lifelong friends on that show. And of course Chesapeake was another stand out experience for me that I’ll cherish always. 

Can you tease something about your next projects?

JESSICA SIPOS: While I can’t reveal too much, I’m so excited about my upcoming projects releasing. I just wrapped one of the most magical filming experiencing that felt like a once in a life time opportunity and I know audiences are going to love the story as well as the scenery.

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