Her Full House and Fuller House fame is one thing, but during the holiday season, Candace Cameron Bure proudly wears the "Queen of Christmas" title. In fact, she loves being the unofficial face of Hallmark Channel's "Countdown to Christmas" — and really, made-for-TV Christmas movies in general. "I don't know why it feels so good, but it does. I guess if I'm not going to be Daenerys and hold the Iron Throne, then the Queen of Christmas is as good as it gets," she tells us while on set of Christmas Town, which premieres Sunday, December 1 at 8 p.m. on Hallmark Channel.
Christmas Town, which also stars Schitt's Creek's Tim Rozon, marks Candace's eighth (!) Hallmark Christmas movie. Even while Candace admits that the "reality of filming these movies is tougher than any other job" she's had, she can't deny the reason she returns to these "crazy 15-day shoots" year after year. "After a movie comes out, especially last year's A Shoe Addict's Christmas, I get story after story after story from fans about how these feel-good stories inspire them into action."
One "heartwarming fan story" continues to remind Candace why these movies are so important. A little while ago, an older gentlemen reached out to the 43-year-old actress after his wife of more than 50 years passed away. In his letter, he explained that his late wife was the "Queen of Christmas" in their home, making the holiday season particularly difficult for him and the rest of his family. "He turned on one of my Christmas movies because he knew his wife would be watching. It ended up bringing him so much comfort because he felt like his wife was with him," she recalls with tears in her eyes. Now, he tunes into Hallmark Channel every weekend because "it makes the holidays a little more bearable without her."
She's predicting that her latest release will have a similar impact. In Christmas Town, Candace plays Lauren, a schoolteacher who leaves the big city to return home. The catch: She gets detoured to Grandon Falls a.k.a. "Christmastown" where she meets meets Travis (played by Tim) who is fostering a young boy.
"The holiday season is all about loving on people in your life," she explains. "But this movie covers a bigger sense of family that I hope will make people think about all of the kids in foster care waiting and dreaming about having a family one day." And maybe, it'll even inspire some to become foster parents themselves. "I bet you I will get an email that says that," she says.
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