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I’ll Be Next Door for Christmas: Interview with Juliette Angelo


With Christmas just around the corner the movie, I’ll be Next Door for Christmas, needs to be on your Christmas watch list. If you are not convinced enough that you need to watch it allow me to convince you some more by sharing some insight on one of the leading actresses mindset when making the film. I had the honor of having an email interview with the star of the movie, Juliette Angelo.

I started out by asking her if she could relate to the Christmas hating character she was, or if any of her family members were like the ones in the movie. She answered with, “I come from a very large, very Italian family who love to go all out for Christmas. Decorations, food, gifts, the works. I can understand what it is like to be overwhelmed by holiday cheer, but since I spend most of my time on the west coast (I’m originally from NJ), I cherish the time I spend over the holidays on the east coast with my family, no matter how many times I’m forced to watch A Christmas Story.” This was a fun question to know the answer to because she had to go a little out of her comfort zone to shoot this film.

I then asked her questions like what her main motivator was and if she made any good friends when shooting the film. She told me that everyone on the set became good buddies and that she was excited that her whole family could watch this Christmas film. She worked on past productions like “Shameless,” so it was exciting for her to be able to sit down with her whole family and watch a movie she was featured in (even with the little ones).

I also asked the question if it was filmed during the offseason since it is a Christmas movie and everyone has to be into the Christmas spirit to make a good film. She told me that if she was someone who could get into the Christmas spirit by just listening to some holiday music, but she had an easy time because her character as opposed to Christmas, so she didn’t have to work as hard to get into the spirit.

Throughout the film, there were some crazy decorations, and even when I was watching the movie I was thinking of me, so I had to ask her which one was her favorite. She told me “I don’t know if this counts as a decoration, but my ornament costume was pretty dope. It especially came in handy during those freezing California night shoots. You know, when the temperature drops to below 60. Yikes!” I remember seeing that costume and having to pause the movie just because it was so funny. I won’t spoil anything, but it wasn’t only her costume that made me laugh 😉

In the movie, there are some crazy traditions like decorating the whole house (inside and out) and dressing up to take fun pictures in wild costumes. I wanted to know if she had any fun family traditions of her own. I learned that she comes from a big Italian family and she loves to bake with her grandma. ” I love baking holiday desserts. My grandma and I tag team every year. She mostly just eats the dough while I do all the work.”

My last question is one of the most important because I was curious on what she wanted a teenager to take away from the movie and she told me that even though parents can be a little much sometimes, they are doing it for love and never to forget that. Juliette Angelo is a teenager herself, and she shared a very inspiring quote with me, “Family is family, no matter how crazy they may be.” I think we all tend to forget that over the holiday season sometimes.

I’ll be Next Door for Christmas is available December 4th for digital download. Find more information at the iTunes preview page

Ella is the OC Mom Blog teen blogger. She is an integrated arts student at the Orange County School of the Arts by day, and a fashionista by night. She loves baking, teddy bears and nice people. Read her column here
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