Fans may recognise him as Mean Girl heartthrob Aaron Samuels, but Jonathan Bennett’s latest movie sees him playing one half of a gay couple in Hallmark’s first ever LGBTQ+ Christmas movie.
The US network, which is a go-to for making us all feel nothing but festive, has now released its latest Christmas film and we’re already adding it to the top of our must-watch lists.
It sees Bennett and his co-star Brad Harder make history to play the first gay couple on the channel and 30-seconds in to the movie’s teaser, we’re invested.
The Christmas House follows married couple Brandon (Bennett) and Jake (Harder) who head to Brandon’s family home over the holidays while waiting for a call about adopting their first child.
Also heading home is Brandon’s brother Mike, played by One Tree Hill star Robert Buckley, who ends up reconnecting with his high school sweetheart.
On returning home, the brothers find out that their parents Phyllis (Dynasty star Sharon Lawrence) and Bill (Treat Williams) are selling the house and plan to say goodbye in style, by giving their old Christmas House tradition – turning their home into a wonderland of epic proportions – one more whirl.
Judging by the movie’s latest sneak peek video it’s got everything you could possibly want from a Christmas movie; a love story that pulls on the heartstrings, slick humour, weird old family dynamics and, of course, all the Christmas decor you could want to dress it all up.
Speaking about the movie to Good Morning America, Bennett got emotional as he reflected on making history with Hallmark’s first gay storyline.
The actor, who is openly gay, said: ‘It’s the first time you see two men in love starting their own family and that’s such a groundbreaking thing because representation is important.
‘Of all the movies I’ve done in 20 years in Hollywood, this movie is the most important to me because this character matters. And this character is making a difference.’
Bennett described making the movie as ‘really special’ and revealed that LGBTQ+ crew members had come up to him and his co-star Harder when filming wrapped, telling the pair that after working on many Hallmark films, The Christmas House finally made them feel like ‘part of the family’.
The Extreme Cake Wars host said that looking back at when he was growing up, he would have felt ‘less scared’ and ‘more seen’ if he’d had a Christmas movie like The Christmas House to watch.
‘I didn’t have representation like this,’ Bennett said. ‘We didn’t have Christmas movies that had storylines of two men in love, starting a family.’
The Christmas House premiered on The Hallmark Channel on November 22.
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