The Hallmark Channel is ready to make historical past — and make good on its promise for extra LGBTQ-inclusion — with its first vacation film that includes a homosexual lead character. “The Christmas Home,” which debuts Sunday, will star out actor Jonathan Bennett.
“I’m happy with everybody at Hallmark Channel for making the vacation desk greater and extra welcoming and hotter this 12 months,“ Bennett, finest identified for his position in “Imply Women,” advised NBC Information. “It’s an honor to be a part of the community’s progress.”
The brand new vacation film comes a number of months after the community aired its first same-sex wedding ceremony in a TV film and a 12 months after it pledged to extend LGBTQ illustration following its controversial determination to tug, then reinstate, a industrial that includes a lesbian wedding ceremony.
“The Christmas Home” follows Brandon Mitchell (Bennett) and his husband, Jake (Brad Tougher), who make a journey dwelling for the vacations whereas anxiously ready for a name concerning the adoption of their first youngster.
“What I really like concerning the characters within the film is that we aren’t caricatures or stereotypes,” Bennett stated. “We’re two loving, secure, form males who’re in love and wish to begin a household of our personal.”
Bennett stated he hopes the LGBTQ neighborhood will probably be happy with the illustration in “The Christmas Home.”
“Illustration is vital, however appropriate illustration is extra vital, not only for viewers who could not work together or settle for LGBTQ individuals, however it’s additionally vital for LGBTQ individuals to see themselves in media,” he stated.
Bennett, 39, stated taking pictures the film was nearly like life imitating artwork, because it impressed him and his associate, Jaymes Vaughn, to think about adopting.
“Being on set and experiencing this couple navigating the adoption course of, there are ups and downs, you begin to really feel the heat and unconditional love of household, and it begins to encourage you to think about sharing that have along with your associate in actual life, too,” he stated.
“The Christmas Home,” airing Nov. 22, is certainly one of many films being launched in what seems to be a increase in LGBTQ inclusion in home-for-the-holidays themed films.
Kristen Stewart and Dan Levy star in Hulu’s “Happiest Season,” centering on a lesbian couple’s journey dwelling for the vacations in a rom-com first for a serious studio, accessible on Nov. 25.
Fran Drescher and real-life companions Ben Lewis (“Arrow”) and Ben Lee (“Parks & Recreation”) additionally return dwelling for the vacations in Lifetime’s first vacation film to concentrate on an LGBTQ romance, “The Christmas Setup” on Dec. 12.
And Paramount’s “Dashing in December” finds “The Younger & The Stressed” actor Peter Porte returning dwelling from the massive metropolis to his mom’s ranch and falling for a rancher performed by “Fuller Home” star Pablo Di Tempo.
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