EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Lisa Arrindell Previews BET+’s Favorite Son Christmas!

Lisa Arrindell Favorite Son Christmas

BET ‘s christmas movie “Favourite Son Christmas”, is all set to premiere on the channel on Thursday, December 14, 2023 at 8/7c. We at Survived The Shows had the chance to chat via email with star Lisa Arrindell who plays Lady Rita and discuss the movie. Check out the full interview below!

We at Survived The Shows had the chance to chat with Lisa Arrindell and discuss BET's Favorite Son Christmas. Check out full interview below!

Can you tell us a bit about your character in Favorite Son Christmas? 

LISA ARRINDELL: I play the matriarch of this family and the “First Lady” of the church. In the first film, we suffered the loss of my husband who was the head pastor of our church.

What initially attracted you to your role in Favorite Son Christmas? 

LISA ARRINDELL: I adore playing Lady Rita. I was attracted to her story as a woman who looks to have it all on the outside, while her world is virtually storming in the inside. She is the glue of her family… keeping her sons together and uplifting her community is central to her life.

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

LISA ARRINDELL: The romance is captivating to us because they survive what many marriages do not. Reinvigorating a marriage that has been devastated by adultery or by the inability to conceive a child, is not a success story we often hear about. But in Favorite Son Christmas we see the possibility of  love prevailing in both of the sons’ troubled marriages.

What do you hope audiences take away from watching Favorite Son Christmas? 

LISA ARRINDELL: HOPE is essential after great loss. I hope they see that authentic, vulnerable communication has the power to transform hearts and overcome obstacles.

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

LISA ARRINDELL: My cast was generous, fun and prepared. I had a wonderful time with them all: Serayah, Loren Scott, Durrell “Tank” Babbs, Darryl McGlothen, MC Lyte, Anthony Evans, Jr., DeGayle, Jakalyn Carr, and Kimberly Russell.

What can you tease about your character’s journey? 

LISA ARRINDELL: Lady Rita has a lot of life left to live and joy to have…perhaps there could be a series in the works??

We at Survived The Shows had the chance to chat with Lisa Arrindell and discuss BET's Favorite Son Christmas. Check out full interview below!

What was your favorite scene or moment while filming Favorite Son Christmas? 

LISA ARRINDELL: I loved working on the scene with Kimberly Russell who plays my husband’s former lover. Confronting her and facing my own character’s past was so juicy and rich.

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

LISA ARRINDELL: None I can recall.

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

LISA ARRINDELL: Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters First Hundred Years  and A Lesson Before Dying. These are two favorites because I love, love, love period pieces. Costumes and sets from the past ignite my creativity. The powerful storytelling and rich language of the writers also captured my heart.

Can you tease something about your next projects? 

LISA ARRINDELL: A beautiful film called Albany Road by directed Christine Swanson is coming sometime next year.

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