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Kevin McGarry talks about his new film ‘My Grown-Up Christmas List’ on Hallmark

Canadian actor Kevin McGarry chatted about his new film “My Grown-Up Christmas List,” which premieres on Saturday, July 9th on the Hallmark Channel.

Kevin McGarry
Kevin McGarry. Photo Credit: Albert Camicioli, Crown Media
Kevin McGarry. Photo Credit: Albert Camicioli, Crown Media

Canadian actor Kevin McGarry chatted about his new film “My Grown-Up Christmas List,” which premieres on Saturday, July 9th on the Hallmark Channel.

Andrew Cymek directed “My Grown-Up Christmas List” from a script by Bryar Freed and Shawn Riopelle.

This new original movie is based on the Amy Grant/David Foster hit holiday song of the same name. “Being a part of this movie was great. It was just a dream come true,” he admitted. “Getting to work with Kayla again was amazing. I’ve worked with the director Andrew before and it was a fun set.”

Synopsis of the film

“My Grown-Up tells the heartwarming story of Taylor Nichols (Kayla Wallace) and Luke Malone (Kevin McGarry) and the special bond that grows between them over the course of several Christmases spent together and apart.

Taylor, a successful journalist, has returned home after her mom’s passing several years prior to help her grandfather with his Christmas store.

Luke has just returned home from military duty to spend the holidays with his family. When Taylor and Luke meet, their chemistry is undeniable, and we follow them along their journey from a warm friendship to a budding romance. “Luke is a determined guy, he is loyal to his friends and he has a good head on his shoulders,” he said.

They work together to overcome any challenges that arise and commit to making the most important wish on their Christmas list come true – to spend every Christmas together for the rest of their lives.

“This movie is a vignette of the relationship between Luke and Taylor. It jumps through the years relatively quickly. I like how committed Luke is to his loved ones,” McGarry said.

The digital age

On being an actor in the digital age, he said, “It is always changing. In the digital age, everybody is constantly in front of the camera such as on social media. Since you are constantly in front of a camera, it makes it tougher to change. It was easier for actors to have anonymity back in the day.”

“Now, branding is a big thing but the digital age has opened more work and more opportunities for people, so that’s a plus,” he added.

On the title of the current chapter of his life, McGarry said, “Part II: Kevins’ revenge.”

McGarry had great words about fellow Canadian actor Clayton James. “Clayton is great, and he and I actually share the exact same birthday. We are mirror images of each other,” McGarry said.

Regarding his definition of the word success, “Being happy with what you are doing. Living a life that is fulfilling.”

“I hope people enjoy it and I hope they find something to relate to. I hope this movie resonates with them and ultimately, I hope they connect with it,” McGarry concluded about “My Grown-Up Christmas List.”

To learn more about actor Kevin McGarry, follow him on Instagram.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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