EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Sarah Pribis on her role on GAC movie “A Belgian Christmas Chocolate” – WATCH!

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Zane Stephens and Jaclyn Hales stars in the new Great American movie “A Belgian Christmas Chocolate” which is set to premiere on GAC on July 8 at 8p/7c. We at Survived The Shows had the pleasure of chatting with star Sarah Pribis about her experience in the making of A Belgian Christmas Chocolate and what fans can expect from the movie. 

Sarah Pribis interview

Can you tell us a little bit about your character and how he fits into the story of “A Belgian Chocolate Christmas”?

Sarah Pribis: Susan Michaels is a pastry chef and she is the lead character’s best friend who essentially is the person who sends her on her journey to Belgium to meet her new romantic interest.

What initially drew you to the role and made you want to be a part of this movie?

Pribis: I just love Christmas movies. You know, it’s been something on my bucket list since I was a little girl to be in Christmas movies and, like you mentioned, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to be in two Christmas movies for Great American Family Channel back-to-back, one which came out in the Christmas season of 2022 and the other one which is about to premiere for Christmas in July. And so for me, I always love the best friend role too because I feel like I know those relationships. In my own life and sort of like my friends who have encouraged me to go for it, whether that be a dream or a romance. And so it was a lot of fun to play Susan.

How did you prepare for your character and get into her mindset for the role?

Pribis: Interestingly enough like I mentioned, Susan is a pastry chef and many of the scenes that I have take place within a pastry shop and I have never made any pastries before in my life. So I got taught a little bit on set about how to make it look realistic that I was a pastry shop. So that was a lot of fun working in an actual bakery and getting to learn basic skills for making pastries like that. Aside from that, It’s for me, it’s very simple. It’s just memorizing my lines and then getting into the character and into the rhythm with my scene partner. And Jaclyn Hales was an amazing scene partner.

What was it like working with the rest of the cast, and did you have any particularly memorable moments on set?

Pribis: So. Working on set with this cast and crew was amazing. Everyone was so lovely and it was the largest film role of this kind that I’ve had to date. So it was a really cool experience for me to see how it all worked. By that I mean I had no idea that the days were so long that many of these people were there back-to-back, multiple days in a row, learning a lot of lines, last minute. The night before sometimes.

And I was so impressed and blown away by how professional everyone was and how charming given the state of you’re filming a lot of material very quickly. There really is that Christmas magic on set, right? Like there’s something really special about recreating a sort of like winter Wonderland. Holiday vibe in the middle of we shot this. I think it was October, so again, not in the Christmas season. And it was very easy to become friends with everybody that I was on set with. And we’re still in touch.

Can you describe your character’s journey throughout the movie and how she transforms over the course of the story?

Pribis: We’re sort of introduced to Susan as this pastry chef and she started this bakery and it’s taking off and it’s just getting busier. And so she had planned to go to Belgium and learn the skill of chocolate making to sort of be able to compete in the industry in the bakeries and. Because the business is booming, she’s unable to attend, but she still feels the need to send somebody in her place so that she can still learn that skill. And so she sends her best friend who she had gone to, culinary school with.

So there’s that background there. So her friend goes and sort of over the course of the movie, we get to witness her friend’s journey, falling in love, learning the skill of chocolate, making the magic of Belgium as she sort of tells her story to Susan over various FaceTime. We sort of cut in and out of Susan’s life in the busy bakery. So again, you can see how she’s expanding her business and at the end, I don’t want to ruin it, everything, but you know how it all comes together.

Can you tell us about any challenges you faced while filming “A Belgian Chocolate Christmas” and how you overcame them?

Pribis: So I think it would be again that with a lot of these movies there’s a very tight deadline and you’re filming a lot of material very quickly. And so for me, it was just really incredible to see exactly how that process happens and everyone is just so professional and still in really good spirits to make it happen. I think also to create that Christmas magic in the middle of the season that is not Christmas. That’s incredible to see how they’re doing all of the set decorations and things like that.

Again, working, you know, in a pastry shop, when none of us, let’s say have background in pastry making, so that was definitely a challenge. And for me, I had to travel to Los Angeles to film this from New York and it was a very busy season again. I had just finished filming another Christmas movie, busy on set with a couple of other projects as well and so just I think the time management of it all to. Learn lines, get to set and be present in that experience was the biggest challenge, but it all worked out.

What message do you hope viewers take away from “A Belgian Chocolate Christmas” after watching it?

Pribis: I think like most Christmas movies, this is a feel good story where it really just encourages you to go for your dreams. And again, whether that’s going back to pursue a career that you know you didn’t go for originally because you thought it wasn’t practical, or whether that’s going for a romance that again, it doesn’t feel logical. You know that you go for the thing that your gut is telling you to go for. So I hope that’s what people get out of it in addition to just getting to be a part of that Christmas spirit in the middle of the summer.

What was your favorite scene to film in the movie, and why?

Pribis: I would say my favorite scene is probably my very first scene with Jaclyn Hales, who plays the lead role, and it’s just again, setting that sort of seen in the bakery, that’s really special. So you get to sort of see everybody doing their thing and Jacqueline is a food photographer, so you see her taking her pictures. And I’m running this bustling bakery and it’s when I first pitched the problem that I need someone to go to Belgium in my place. And so I would say that is probably the most memorable for me.

Finally, what can viewers expect from your character and the overall story of “A Belgian Chocolate Christmas”, and why should they tune in to watch it?

Pribis: Susan is a very supportive best friend, but she’s also not afraid to call it like she sees it. So she’s that honest friend who’s going to tell you if you have spinach in your teeth or if you’re not making the best decision for yourself. She’s not afraid to say it. She’s very funny. So I would say I really enjoyed this movie because I think it goes a little bit deeper than the the typical Christmas movies. There’s this really beautiful female friendship there. There’s these, you know, kind of funny, witty female leads that again, like You just have so much depth because they are career oriented women who are also going for the love story.

And it just really goes to show you that you can have it all. You know, you can have a thriving business, you can have your best friend and you can have your romantic interests and travel the world. Who doesn’t want to go see what Belgian looks like through the eyes of television? It’s a gorgeous place to be filming so. I would definitely recommend it just to see the chocolate making, the pastry making, the love story, the relationship between Susan and her best friend, and then of course all of the Christmas vibes that you get from the film.

What can you tease about your next projects?

Sarah Pribis: So I am actually heading to set in Kentucky later this month to film a thriller, which I’m really excited about. It’ll be an independent film and I’m playing a very different role from that of which I usually play. So you can definitely stay tuned for details on that.

The interview with Sarah Pribis has been edited and condensed for lenght and clarity. Watch the full video interview at the top of the article!

A Belgian Christmas Chocolate with Sarah Pribis premieres July 8 on Great American Family.

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