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Like clockwork, most Hallmark movies include someone — typically the main character — finding the magic of Christmas again. In Holiday Hearts, which premieres on Saturday at 9 p.m. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Peyton (played by Ashley Williams) rekindles her love of the Christmas season and all that it brings by seeing “it through a child’s eyes.”

In the exclusive clip above, Peyton, who is in charge of planning the big annual Christmas Eve party at her family’s inn, catches up with Dr. Ben Tyler (played by Paul Campbell). The catch? Peyton had a major crush on Dr. Ben back in high school, and now the two have to work together to help their friend’s daughter carry out her late mother’s wish: creating a magical, Hallmark-worthy Christmas. During their conversation, Peyton gets inspiration for the holiday party of her own and makes a quick exit to get to work.

While this moment teases what’s to come (an incredible holiday party), Williams tells GoodHousekeeping.com that the movie actually touches on something much deeper: “Throughout the entire movie, Peyton is connecting with a young girl (her friend’s daughter) and empowering her to become her own career women and leader just like she is.” Along the way, of course, Peyton is forced to address her feelings for Dr. Ben and perhaps, see if there’s a chance her crush could become something more.

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At its core, Williams says that Holiday Hearts will give parents, grandparents, and older adults a much-needed reminder about the true joy of the season. “As a mom of two young children (Gus, 5, and Odie, 2 1/2), the movie really keeps with themes of my own life. When you experience the holidays through children, the season becomes magical again — and that’s true for me, Peyton, and so many others.”

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Hallmarkies will be happy to hear that, like last year, actress Ashley Williams will once again be featured in two Hallmark Christmas movies this holiday season, including one tonight.

She stars as Peyton Canady in Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ festive flick, “Holiday Hearts,” tonight and then reprises her role as Allie in a cameo in the third “Christmas in Evergreen” movie on Hallmark Channel next week.

The “How I Met Your Mother” alum has been making Christmas movies for over a decade now — some for Hallmark, some for other networks — and she opened up to International Business Times at Christmas Con 2019 earlier this month about what she loves about the new one she has airing Saturday night.

Starring opposite Williams in “Holiday Hearts” is Paul Campbell (“The Last Bridesmaid”), who plays Dr. Ben Tyler. The film is based on Barbara Ankrum’s book, “The Christmas Wish,” and was directed by Allan Harmon (“Christmas Under the Stars”) and written by Susan Brightbill.

Ashley Williams stars in Hallmark’s “Holiday Hearts.” Photo: Crown Media / Bettina Strauss

Keep reading to find out what Williams thinks makes this new Hallmark Christmas movie so special, what it was like working with Campbell and the funniest memory she has from her time filming the movie (hint: snoring is involved).

International Business Times: What can you tell me about “Holiday Hearts” and your character in the film?

Ashley Williams: This movie is really cute. I play an event planner, or a girl who wants to become an event planner, and she’s been charged with throwing the town’s big annual Christmas party this year, which she’s really nervous about because she’s got aspirations to kill it as an event planner. But, right around that same time, a friend asks her to take care of his daughter, in the weeks leading up to Christmas. So, in the midst of trying to launch this new career as an event planner, she’s also hanging out with this little girl and doing all these Christmas traditions — decorating the cookies, going ice skating, snowball fights, the whole nine yards. And through that, she sort of falls back in love with Christmas time and the traditions that go with it. It’s really cute.

IBT: She only falls in love with Christmas? What about Paul Campbell’s character, where does he come into play?

Williams: Of course, the boy. So, the boy is also really good friends with this friend, and so we have to take care of the little girl together. And, coincidentally, he and I used to kind of date — or be really close, and I told him I had feelings for him and he basically said that he didn’t feel the same way — and that was like 15 years ago, and now we’re back again. So, I’m like, ‘Ugh, here we go,’ but then we kind of, ya know. Ya know what happens.

IBT: You’ve done so many Hallmark movies, what is it about “Holiday Hearts” that you really love?

Williams: I truly think — well, first of all, Paul Campbell is a really funny guy. We laughed so hard while making this movie, and I think one of the things that makes this different is that there was a lot of humor that we found that was just genuinely sort of generated from who we are and our natural chemistry. There was a lot of laughter, which was really, really fun. And, also, I think, there’s something to being able to see the holidays through a child’s eyes. allows you to remember and sort of get back in touch with what is magical about Christmas time. And that was a really cool angle.

IBT: Were there any scenes where you guys kept breaking character and couldn’t stop laughing?

Williams: Yeah, I mean, that is basically the only way I know how to work. I’m basically always giggling a little bit because…when I go into one of these, I just know it’s kind of just gonna be a hoot. And that’s awesome.

There was one night when we were shooting this movie, it was really late at night, and it was a really kind of romantic, heartfelt scene, and it was my coverage, so the camera’s very tight on my face, and I took a pause between a couple of my lines, and I heard the absolutely undeniable sound of a man snoring on set. And I look over, and it was our First AD. And usually the First AD is the guy standing there, he’s the cheerleader, he’s just getting us all organized and getting us charged. And I realized if I broke, we would have to go back to the beginning and everybody was so tired, so I had this moment where I was looking at Paul, and I knew he could hear the snoring, and he knew I could hear the snoring, and we both were just like, ‘Keeeeep going.’ So, we did. But that was a first for me. That’s something that’s never happened to me before. It was very funny.

“Holiday Hearts” premieres on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries on Saturday at 9 p.m. EST.

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Hallmark Movies & Mysteries continues its Christmas TV movie series with Holiday Hearts, starring Ashley Williams and Paul Campbell. Read on to learn all about the movie, including the cast, where it was filmed, and see behind-the-scenes photos. This article will have minor spoilers in terms of photos from the movie, behind-the-scenes pictures, and film locations.

How To Watch ‘Holiday Hearts’

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To find out what channel Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is on for you, to go to TV Guide’s listings. Then change the “Provider” (right under TV Listings) to your local provider. You’ll be able to scroll down to see what channel Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is on for you.

The synopsis for tonight’s movie reads: “While planning an annual Christmas party, Peyton is forced together with Ben to care for a friend’s daughter. While finding their Christmas spirit, will there be some romance along the way?”

‘Holiday Hearts’ Was Filmed in Canada

Holiday Hearts was filmed in Canada, according to IMDb. Locations include Vancouver.

Williams wrote about the movie on Instagram: “I HAVE SOMETHING EXCITING!! Yeee!! Tomorrow night! A whole Christmas Hallmark movie we MADE with our whole hearts for YOU to cuddle up and enjoy. It’s called a Holiday Hearts and you guys, this is a cute one. @paulcampbellofficial and I laughed so hard all through the making of this movie. Snow fell. We danced. We made a snow man doing a headstand. We decorated ALL the cookies and MAYBE our characters also kinda fell in love. Maybe! Come watch the #Christmas magic. It’s just cute. You will love it, I promise. Tell your friends and aunts and grandmas and watch with your kids and have them tell all their friends too. Kay? Saturday night. 9pm. @hallmarkmovie #moviesandmysteries if you watch it, tag #holidayhearts I’ll be live tweeting along with you. THANK YOU!!”

She shared more behind-the-scenes photos, including these:






Campbell also shared some behind-the-scenes photos.

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Another #TBT from the set of Holiday Hearts. This guy cracks me up. @hallmarkmovie #hallmarkmoviesandmysteries #hallmarkchannel #nutcracker #dadjokes

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Had another special visitor on set today. He was less impressed with my acting than he was with the assortment of treats at craft services. But to be fair I get that a lot. #takeyourkidtoworkday #dadsinplaid #setlife #hallmarkmoviesandmysteries #hallmarkchannel #hallmarkchristmasmovies

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Hi. I love my job. That’s all.

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From one of his tweets, it appears the movie was originally called The Christmas Wish.

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First day of filming on “The Christmas Wish” with @ashleywilliamsandcompany – We’ve got EVERYTHING you could ever wish for in a Hallmark movie: children, horses, Christmas trees, cabbage rolls. EVERYTHING! Buckle up!!! #hallmarkchristmasmovies @hallmarkchannel

A post shared by Paul Campbell (@paulcampbellofficial) on Sep 16, 2019 at 7:49pm PDT

Here is another behind-the-scenes video.

Paul Campbell shared plethora of video via Insta stories of his final day on THE CHRISTMAS WISH, which might now be known as HOLIDAY HEARTS. We’ll see if new title sticks, but Lifetime has A CHRISTMAS WISH on their schedule, so title change makes sense

🎥 https://t.co/Av3NRMBhl8 pic.twitter.com/akDNmKt0re

— Ho! Ho! Holiday Viewing! (@SleepyKittyPaw) October 5, 2019

The movie is based on a book by Barbara Ankum.

Paul Campbell sharing lots of photos from THE CHRISTMAS WISH set, filming now near Vancouver, via Instagram (https://t.co/Av3NRMBhl8), including one with author Barbara Ankum, whose book the movie is based on. pic.twitter.com/DJavuIpEDR

— Ho! Ho! Holiday Viewing! (@SleepyKittyPaw) September 28, 2019

The Cast for ‘Holiday Hearts’

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Ashley Williams stars as Peyton. Williams was born November 1978 in New York and she’s a frequent Hallmark movie star, most recently starring in Love on a Limb on Hallmark. Her other credits on TV and film include Aardvark, Girls, 6 Love Stories, The Jim Gaffigan Show (Jeannie Gaffigan), October Kiss, Bad Hurt, A Most Violent Year, Lovesick, How I Met Your Mother (Victoria), The Good Wife, Wedding Band, Christmas in the City, Sequin Raze, Royal Pains, CSI, The Mentalist, Warehouse 13 (Sally Stukowski), The Protector, Love Bites, Retired at 35, Saving Grace (Amanda Dewey), Novel Adventures (Lizzie McKenzie), Side Order of Life (Becca), Psych, Huff (Alyssa), E-Ring (Beth Wilkerson), Monk, Good Morning Miami (Dylan Messinger), and more. She’s in the Christmas in Evergreen series and starred in last year’s Northern Lights of Christmas, one of the best 2018 movies.

Paul Campbell stars as Ben. His many credits include Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider, Almost Heroes, Spun Out, Surprised by Love, Sun Sand & Romance, Take Two, 88 Minutes, The Big Year, Dirty Singles, and more. Last year he was on the beloved A Godwink Christmas for Hallmark.

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Pictured above are Andrew Airlie, Ashley Williams, and Lisa Durupt.

Andrew Airlie starred on Reunited at Christmas.

Lisa Durupt was also on Reunited at Christmas and on Hallmark’s Chronicle Mysteries. She and her husband, Mike Lyons, own Tri-Cities Film Studio, which offers acting lessons and a taping studio in the city, TriCityNews shared.

Also starring in the movie are:

Here are some more photos from the movie:

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Holiday Hearts Creates a Magical Christmas on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

The latest movie Holiday Hearts from Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, as part of the Miracles of Christmas, will debut tonight, November 23.

During the week leading up to Christmas, Peyton Canaday (Ashley Williams from the Hallmark movies Christmas in Evergreen, October Kiss and Love on a Limb), who is charged with planning the big annual Christmas Eve party at her family’s inn, is unexpectedly drafted to assist her former crush, Dr. Ben Tyler (Paul Campbell from the Hallmark movies The Last Bridesmaid, Once Upon a Holiday and Sun, Sand & Romance) in helping a mutual friend’s daughter carry out her late mother’s wish.

Together, they must create a magical Christmas inspired by the girl’s beautiful memories. In order to make this work, however, Peyton must put aside the hurt she experienced from Ben’s rejection 10 years prior.

Holiday Hearts will debut on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries at 9/8c.

You can see the trailer for the movie here.

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Paul Campbell

Canadian-born actor Paul Campbell began his career at the age of 23 and had his first break shortly after when he was cast as a regular in Syfy’s critically acclaimed series “Battlestar Galactica.”
Campbell’s early success led to his landing roles on NBC’s “Knight Rider” and Showcase’s “Almost Heroes.” He then led the cast of the CTV comedy series “Spun Out,” alongside Dave Foley and Rebecca Dalton. Since then, Campbell has gone on to build a large body of work in broadcast and cable television, including starring roles in popular Hallmark Channel original movies including “Surprised by Love” and “Sun, Sand & Romance” as well as “A Godwink Christmas” for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Most recently, Campbell starred in Hallmark Channel’s “The Last Bridesmaid” in June with Rachel Boston and appeared in ABC’s “Take Two” with Rachel Bilson and Eddie Cibrian.
In addition to his television roles, Campbell has worked alongside luminaries in feature films, including 88 Minutes, opposite Al Pacino and Alicia Witt, The Big Year, with Steve Martin and Jack Black, and Dirty Singles, which was nominated for the ACTRA and Canadian Screen Awards.
Campbell resides in Los Angeles and Vancouver with his wife Lorie and son, Kingston.

Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams is one of Hollywood’s most versatile actresses and continues to bring her talents to comedies and dramas in film, television and theatre. She most recently starred in the Hallmark Channel original “Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa,” and in the TV Land series “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” in which she played Jeannie Gaffigan, Jim’s TV wife, who was the grounding, yet zany, wind beneath his wings.
Williams also appeared alongside Jessica Chastain and Oscar Issac in the critically acclaimed film A Most Violent Year. In past years she starred in the Warner Bros. film Something Borrowed, alongside Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin. Her other film credits include the Oscar®- nominated indie Margin Call, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and starred Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons and Zachary Quinto.
Williams first won over audiences as a teenager when she played Meg Ryan’s daughter, Danielle Andropoulos, on “As the World Turns.” Later, she starred alongside Mark Feuerstein in the NBC series “Good Morning Miami” and in the Lifetime telefilm “Montana Sky.” Williams also had a memorable recurring role on the comedy “How I Met Your Mother” as Victoria, “the one that got away” for Ted, played by Josh Radnor. She was so popular on the show that she won an online poll conducted by the production staff as to the character fans would most like to see the as “The Mother.” Her other television credits include recurring roles on the Holly Hunter series “Saving Grace,” “Warehouse 13” and “Huff,” as well as guest-starring roles on “FBI,” “Instinct,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” “Monk,” “The Mentalist,” “The Good Wife,” “Psych,” “Girls” and “Law & Order: SVU,” to name just a few.
In recent years, Williams began producing movies for Hallmark Channel, debuting with “Love on a Limb,” which aired as part of the network’s “Fall Harvest” Programming Event in 2016 to record breaking ratings and stunning reviews. She now has more films in development with Hallmark and is looking forward to shooting her next producing foray, “Christmas at the Madison,” with her older sister Kimberly Williams-Paisley. She loves working with the executives at Hallmark who have empowered her creatively in ways she never could have imagined as an actress. In addition to her ongoing behind-the-camera work for Hallmark Channel, Williams has starred in the Hallmark Channel Original Movies “Northern Lights of Christmas,” “Christmas in the City,” “October Kiss,” “Love on a Limb” and “Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa.”
This past year Williams made her directorial debut with MEATS, a short film she wrote, produced and starred in and which is currently being submitted to festivals.
Born in Westchester, New York, Williams studied at Boston University’s renowned School of Theatre Arts and spent a year abroad at LAMDA and RADA in London. She was a member of the acting company at the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival at Williams College. Her first job out of college was understudying both Rachel Weisz and Gretchen Mol in the Off-Broadway play The Shape of Things, written and directed by Neil LaBute. At various times during the run of the play, Williams performed both roles. She also starred alongside Wendie Malick in the Off- Broadway production of Burleigh Grime$ and opposite Tom Skerritt and Sebastian Arcelus in the Broadway production of A Time to Kill, based on the best-selling John Grisham novel.
With a natural skill for writing, Williams has penned several moving and personal pieces about her miscarriage and her mother’s longtime battle with Alzheimer’s disease for People.com and Medium.com. In addition to these other passions, Williams is a birth doula, offering emotional, physical and informational support to mothers and their partners leading up to labor, through childbirth, and throughout postpartum. She currently splits her time between Los Angeles and New York with her husband and two young sons.

Hallmark Christmas movies begin before Halloween! Here’s how to watch all 40 new titles


It’s beginning to look a lot like, no, not Halloween. Turn on the Hallmark Channel and it’s going to look a lot like Christmas, starting before Oct. 31 even arrives.

Hallmark is ready to get into the holiday spirit with 40 brand-new movies for 2019.

The Hallmark Channel kicks off it’s “Countdown to Christmas” on Oct. 26 and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries’ “Miracles of Christmas” programming starts Oct. 25.

So grab that Halloween candy and cuddle on the couch to catch your favorite stars in a holiday movie marathon.

Here’s the schedule:

Friday, Oct. 25

Saturday, Oct. 26

Thursday, Oct. 31

Friday, Nov. 1

“Two Turtle Doves”: Stars Nikki DeLoach (“Awkward”) and Michael Rady (“Timeless”). Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 2

Sunday, Nov. 3

“A Christmas Scavenger Hunt”: Stars Kevin McGarry (“Heartland”) and Kim Shaw (“Saving Hope”). Channel: Hallmark Channel, 8 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 7

Friday, Nov. 8

“Holiday for Heroes”: Stars Marc Blucas (“The Fix”), Melissa Claire Egan (“The Young and the Restless”) and Patti Murin (“Chicago Med”). Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 9

“Picture a Perfect Christmas”: Stars Merritt Patterson (“The Royals”) and Jon Cor (“Shadowhunters”). Channel: Hallmark Channel, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 10

Thursday, Nov. 14

“A Christmas Miracle”: Stars Tamera Mowry-Housley (“The Real”), Brooks Darnell (“The Young and the Restless”) and Barry Bostwick (“Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce”). Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 15

“A Godwink Christmas: Meant For Love”: Stars Kathie Lee Gifford (“Then Came You”), Cindy Busby (“Date My Dad”) and Benjamin Hollingsworth (“Code Black”). Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 16

“Christmas Under the Stars”: Stars Jesse Metcalfe (“Desperate Housewives”), Autumn Reeser (“The Arrangement”) and Clarke Peters (“The Wire”). Channel: Hallmark Channel, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 17

Thursday, Nov. 21

Friday, Nov. 22

Saturday, Nov. 23

“Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays”: Stars Adrian Grenier (“Entourage”), Kaitlin Doubleday (“Nashville”), Priscilla Presley and Chase Bryant. Channel: Hallmark Channel, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 24

“Cherished Memories: A Gift to Remember 2”: Stars Ali Liebert (“Ten Days in the Valley”), Peter Porte (“Baby Daddy”) and Tina Lifford (“Parenthood”). Channel: Hallmark Channel, 8 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 25

“A Christmas Duet”: Stars Chaley Rose (“Nashville”), Rome Flynn (“How to Get Away with Murder”) and Teryl Rothery (“The Good Doctor”). Channel: Hallmark Channel, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 26

“The Christmas Club”: Stars Elizabeth Mitchell (“Lost”) and Cameron Mathison (“All My Children”). Channel: Hallmark Channel, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 27

“Double Holiday”: Stars Kristoffer Polaha (“Condor”) and Carly Pope (“Arrow”). Channel: Hallmark Channel, 8 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 28

“Check Inn to Christmas”: Stars Rachel Boston (“Witches of East End”) and Wes Brown (“Deception”). Channel: Hallmark Channel, 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 29

“A Homecoming for the Holidays”: Stars Laura Osnes (“Elementary”) and Stephen Huszar (“Ruby Herring Mysteries”). Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 30

“Christmas in Rome”: Stars: Lacey Chabert (“Mean Girls”) and Sam Page (“The Bold Type”). Channel: Hallmark Channel, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 1

Thursday, Dec. 5

Friday, Dec. 6

Saturday, Dec. 7

Sunday, Dec. 8

Thursday, Dec. 12

“Christmas in Montana”: Stars Kellie Martin (“ER”) and Colin Ferguson (“Eureka”). Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 13

Saturday, Dec. 14

Sunday, Dec. 15

“Holiday Date”: Stars Brittany Bristow (“Rising Suns”) and Matt Cohen (“General Hospital”). Channel: Hallmark Channel, 8 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 19

Friday, Dec. 20

Saturday, Dec. 21

“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”: Stars Eric Mabius (“Ugly Betty”). Channel: Hallmark Channel, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 22

“A Cheerful Christmas”: Stars Erica Deutschman (“Shadowhunters”) and Chad Connell (“Shadowhunters”). Channel: Hallmark Channel, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 25

Saturday, Dec. 28

“New Year, New Me”: Stars Aimee Teegarden (“Friday Night Lights”). Channel: Hallmark Channel, 8 p.m.

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