Close your eyes. Think of your favorite TV series. Whichever show you’re picturing, Autumn Reeser has probably been on it. She’s everywhere, which is great, because we love her.
Her latest film, “Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade” premieres this Sunday, November 4th at 8/7c on The Hallmark Channel. Autumn plays Emily Jones; a quirky, passionate, romantic, vintage fashion-loving, Operations Manager for Chicago’s Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. The history of the city is an area of expertise for Emily and capturing the magic of the parade (as she experienced it as a child) is her primary focus. Emily is faced with the difficulty of justifying the parade’s annual budget to Executive Developer, Henry, who is hired by the city. Henry, played by the oh-so-dreamy Antonio Cupo, appears to be Emily’s polar opposite. He comes across as cold, entitled, and pompous.
I had the pleasure of chatting with Autumn about the movie, her go-to karaoke songs, and the gorgeous vintage wardrobe she was able to sport for her role as Emily.
What drew you to this story?
This is a throw-back classic romantic comedy — Emily is a smart woman who can hold her own and Nancy Silvers writes great dialogue! The movie includes some really fabulous male-female banter that reminds me so much of my favorite romantic comedies of the 1930s and 40s. Reinventing the modern romantic comedy is a passion of mine and this was my first opportunity to play the lead in one, so I was thrilled.
What’s your favorite thing about Emily?
Emily is a true romantic and believes deeply in love! Her feminine vintage wardrobe comes from this deep sense of romance and nostalgia that epitomizes Emily’s personality. I love when you can get a strong sense of who a character is just by looking at their coffee cup, or their car, or their shoes.
Emily’s wardrobe is absolutely stunning! Did you have a favorite vintage piece from the film?
Oh my goodness, the 1930′s yellow Dior dress that I wear in the park scene mid-way through the film!! It is an absolute classic, it fit like a glove and was a dream to wear. I lobbied so hard to take that dress home with me, but it was from our costumer’s own collection, so I lost that battle. Le sigh…
So, you totally rocked that karaoke scene. What’s your go-to karaoke song?
Lately, it’s either Roxanne or Heartbreaker, because they’re both hard-hitting, full of life, and hilarious. They get the crowd on their feet and you can’t take yourself seriously belting either of those songs at the top of your lungs!
In the film, Emily and Henry talk about their “best day ever” and that everyone has one day in their lives that cannot be topped. Have you had your best day ever yet?
The most transformative + memorable day was absolutely, the day I had my son — giving birth is completely life changing and I remember every moment. There is just nothing like the first time you lay eyes on your child.
Do you watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade every year? What’s your favorite part?
Nope. I can’t stand parades, I think they’re so boring!! I did finally understand the appeal, though, when I looked at them through Emily’s eyes.
Henry has a five-date rule to determine whether or not a relationship has a future. Do you go by any specific dating rules?
Fall in love. Dream of a future together. Communicate about everything!!
The Thanksgiving Day Parade is the kick-off to the holiday season. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
This year, I’m all about creating my own family traditions. There are so many things we do somewhat automatically during the holiday season, just because we think we’re supposed to. It’s really important to take a step back and give some thought to which of those time-consuming tasks actually nourishes you, enriches your experience, and truly makes you happy! This year, I’m throwing out a lot of the ‘shoulds’ and keeping more of the ‘just because I love its’ . For me that means:
NO to: decorating. I’m just gonna put up some lights in the shape of a tree on my wall. It will take 10 minutes, cost me 5 bucks and be sufficiently festive.
YES to: a walk on the beach, brunch with my family, and being cozy and laughing with my toddler.
A HUGE thanks to Autumn for taking the time to do this interview.
Don’t forget to watch “Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade” premiering this Sunday, November 4th at 8/7c on The Hallmark Channel. And let the holiday movie season begin!