Lindsay Lohan kicked off the rollout of her new romantic comedy, “Falling for Christmas,” with a playful hit of Yuletide nostalgia.
Final week, Lohan unveiled a brand new rendition of “Jingle Bell Rock,” the identical tune she carried out with co-stars Lacey Chabert, Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried in 2004’s “Mean Girls.” Although “Jingle Bell Rock” is utilized in a crucial “Falling for Christmas” scene and performs over the top credit, the actor and singer stated the 2022 model started as “a joke that I made in a conversation,” and wasn’t a part of the movie’s authentic script.
“I was like, ‘Wouldn’t this be a good idea?’ It was one of those moments where it comes back and kicks you in the ass, and you’re like, ‘Oh my God, now I have to do it,’” Lohan informed HuffPost. “It was originally going to be us all in the blooper reel, me and the cast doing a ‘Mean Girls’ dance together. I felt that was taking it too far, and we all agreed in the end.”
The brand new “Jingle Bell Rock” could also be a playful wink at Lohan’s previous, however today, she’s trying to the longer term with optimism and a renewed sense of creative objective. “Falling for Christmas,” which hit Netflix on Thursday, marks her first starring function in a serious film in practically a decade. She performs Sierra Belmont, a spoiled resort heiress who’s stricken with amnesia throughout an ill-fated snowboarding journey along with her fiancé, Tad (George Younger).
Simply days earlier than Christmas, the memory-impaired Sierra is taken in by a good-looking ski lodge proprietor, Jake Russell (Chord Overstreet), and his younger daughter, Avy (Olivia Perez). Naturally, Sierra and Jake make an odd couple ―she’s used to four-star meals and luxurious room service, whereas he’s carved out a residing by extra down-home hospitality. In true rom-com vogue, hilarity and romance ensue.
Directed by Janeen Damian, “Falling for Christmas” borrows closely from 1987’s “Overboard,” starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, and its allusions to holiday-centric romantic comedies like 1998’s “You’ve Got Mail” and 2003’s “Love Actually” are little doubt deliberate. What makes the movie so watchable is Lohan’s indelible display screen presence, in addition to her palpable chemistry with Overstreet.
“I love the character, I love the romance, I love a good rom-com,” Lohan stated, when requested why she selected “Falling for Christmas” as her performing comeback. “This script had all of that in it. I love the arc that [Sierra] has — seeing somebody that has everything stripped away from them, and how that changes them as a person and brings out such a genuine side.”
Overstreet, greatest identified for taking part in Sam Adams on “Glee,” stated he and Lohan established a pure rapport early on by their shared humorousness.
“We both are pretty goofy, I’d say,” he defined. “She loves a good joke, loves a good gag.”
Each Lohan and Overstreet had excessive reward for Perez, whose credit embrace the 2021 film musical “In the Heights,” amongst different movies. “She was just the sweetest — really talented, smart, funny, very mature and professional,” Overstreet stated. “She came in and showed up and always crushed it.”
Lohan, in the meantime, stated working with Perez felt like a throwback to her personal days as a baby actor. “At this age, I’ve never worked with a kid who was my age when I was in ‘The Parent Trap,’” she stated. “So it was really nostalgic for me to see a young girl who was so talented and so focused. I just wanted to hug her all the time.”
“Falling for Christmas” is the primary film in Lohan’s three-picture cope with Netflix, and followers and media shops have already described the vacation flick as the beginning of an expert “renaissance.” She just lately accomplished work on “Irish Wish,” a comedy co-starring Jane Seymour and due out subsequent 12 months.
Lohan is honored by the reward, despite the fact that she’s known as such accolades “overwhelming.” No matter how “Falling for Christmas” fares, she sees the film as a serious step up for her in Hollywood. Moreover starring within the movie, she’s additionally certainly one of its govt producers.
“I like having a bit more control of the process, which is why I wanted to be an executive producer on this — just being a bit more hands-on with the movie as it’s going, and the finished product,” she stated. “It’s encouraging me to do more, do great films and give people what they deserve.”
“Falling for Christmas” is now streaming on Netflix. Watch the trailer beneath.