Joey Lawrence On Traditions, Blind Dates And Getting "Hitched For The Holidays"

WHOA. I interviewed Joey Lawrence. Okay, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system (like a million interviewers before me, I’m sure), I can tell you that this Knight of the 90’s has a wonderful new holiday movie airing on The Hallmark Channel tonight!

“Hitched for the Holidays” begins when commitment-phobe Rob Marino (played by Joey) breaks up with his girlfriend before Thanksgiving. He then gets criticized by his big Italian family about his inability to keep a relationship through the holidays. Wanting to prove them wrong and fulfill his dying grandmother’s wish to see him happy in love, Rob goes online and finds Julie (played by Emily Hampshire), another single New Yorker who’s  trying to find herself after her last breakup. Rob and Julie agree to pose as a couple through the holidays to get their families off their backs. Will the charade bring them closer together? Will real feelings develop between them? It’s a holiday rom-com, ya’ll! Hilarity, drama, mixed signals, caroling and romance will most certainly ensue.

I had the honor of chatting with Joey about his role in the film, dating disasters of years past, and his favorite holiday traditions.

What drew you to this story?
The movie had relatable circumstances… classic themes, and I felt like the script was really funny.

What’s do you like most about Rob? Do you have much in common with him?
Rob is a really good guy, with issues — just like all of us. But unlike me, he has huge commitment issues which I found interesting to explore as an actor, and I had a lot of fun with it.

If you were to write a personal ad, how would you describe yourself?
Good guy who doesn’t lie [even when he probably should!]  A straight shooter that thinks humor can cure the world.

Have you ever been on a blind date?
Yes…. Not good. Shocker… LOL!

In this film, we get to see you take over a dance floor and ride horseback through the streets of NYC. What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve ever done for love?
Sky Dive. Never again.

What’s your favorite holiday tradition?
Christmas morning when Santa comes. Nothing like it.

Which traditions have you kept since childhood?
Putting on the Boston Pops version of SLEIGH RIDE and running down the stairs to see if Santa came. I did it as a kid and now my children do it Christmas morning as I film away on my iPhone. Surreal and amazing!

A big thanks to Joey for taking the time to speak with me. And don’t forget to watch “Hitched for the Holidays” on The Hallmark Channel, tonight at 8/7 C!

Images via HallmarkChannel

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