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Christmas Comes Twice 2020 Movie Review Poster Trailer Online
Director: Michael M. Scott
Stars: Brendon Zub, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Sheryl Lee Ralph
It happens every year: After setting up my miniature tree (fit for a small New York apartment) and blasting Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You, I press play on an assortment of cheerful Christmas movies, ranging from the classic The Holiday to the variety of offerings from Hallmark and Netflix. There will be princesses who switch places, New Yorkers who leave big city life for charming small towns, and magical love stories set to twinkling lights and flurrying snowfall. But one disappointing detail I can never ignore? The characters rarely look like me.
Just as is the case with many mainstream films and TV shows, as someone who watches a lot of holiday movies, I can say with certainty they still have a long way to go when it comes to representation. One person on a mission to change that? Tamera Mowry-Housely. The veteran of Sister, Sister and The Real is both starring in and executive producing the upcoming festive flick Christmas Comes Twice, which premieres on the Hallmark Channel Sunday, December 13 at 8 PM ET.
Mowry-Housley plays Cheryl, an astrophysicist who accidentally travels back in time via a ride at the annual Christmas carnival. During her journey to five years in the past, she decides to change her career path—while reconnecting with both her junior high science teacher, Ms. Nelson (Sheryl Lee Ralph), and her “frenemy” George (Michael Xavier).
For Mowry-Housley, it’s been a priority to not just star in films with protagonists like her, but to create them.
“The most important thing that I learned about doing Sister, Sister at a very young age was that it created this amazing platform to show people representation matters,” she told me during a Zoom chat in December. “Now, I want women who look like us to see themselves in a Christmas movie. This is a movie that is about love, about hope, about faith—and yes, Black women, we have all of that, too!”
Here, more from Mowry about Christmas Comes Twice, plus how she plans to spend the holidays with husband Adam Housley and their children Aden, 7, and Ariah, 5.
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