Here’s a startling fact: there are only eight weeks left until Christmas. Which means it is absolutely acceptable to put those carols on, whack up some festive decorations and—our personal fave activity—watch Christmas movies.
Fortunately the streaming lords at Netflix have dropped a whole bunch of festive flicks, including their latest original movie, Holidate, starring homegrown legend Luke Bracey. He broke our hearts in Nicholas Sparks’ The Best Of Me, had us on the edge of our seats in Point Break and Hacksaw Ridge, but in his latest offering, he’s got us feeling all gooey about Christmas.
We caught up with the Aussie actor to chat about all things festive (obvs), his latest project with Tom Hanks and the biggest question of all—are hot or cold Christmases better?
What's your favourite Christmas memory?
My favorite Christmas memory is a continuing one. I spend every Christmas day with my family at my sister’s house in Australia, which has a beautiful backyard, and it’s usually always sunny and warm. I hang out with my nieces and nephews and family, and we drink some white wine and eat seafood. I always hold onto this lovely Christmas memory every year, and if I’m ever feeling homesick or miss my family, I’ll just think of that.
What's a classic Bracey Christmas tradition?
Everyone brings a special dish that they make, and we all enjoy the food together. Everyone has a dish—my mum will make a Christmas pudding; my sister will make a gravlax; my other sister makes the pavlova; my dad makes a roast beef dish; and my sister’s mother always makes a ham with a beautiful honey glaze.
What's the worst Christmas present you've ever received?
I don’t think I’ve really had one. I’m at the point in my life where I’m genuinely excited to get socks and underpants for Christmas. It’s one of those when as a kid you’d be like, “Ah, it’s just socks and undies…” But as you grow up, then you’re like, “Mum, thank you so much because I was never going to buy these for myself.”
What drew you to Holidate?
The script was so hilarious. The first time I read it, I just laughed. I’d never done a romantic comedy before so it was kind of like a scary challenge that I wanted to partake in, and I was just lucky enough that the director, John Whitesell, believed in me and wanted me to be a part of it. Also, Emma and I got along like a house on fire from the moment we met—it was like meeting an old friend. All these things drew me to the film, and I’m so glad I did it because I had an absolute ball making it. The absolute best time.
Settle the debate—What's better: a white Christmas or an Aussie summer?
I think that Christmas time in the summer in Australia is just the best. I’m a little biased because since I’m away most of the year, this is the time that I always get to spend with my family. It’s the most beautiful thing, always going to the beach every Christmas morning, just having a swim, and being in the sun. It’s also great as a kid because it’s at the beginning of your summer holiday, so you have the entire summer to play with your Christmas presents.
But I have had a white Christmas in the northern hemisphere as well, and there’s something really cozy and lovely about it. It’s kind of like a novelty for me. I’m sure I’ll have a few more of them, but I do love summertime in Australia for Christmas.
How have you been keeping yourself busy during COVID?
I fill up my time with reading, exercise, and little hobbies here and there. I’ve been able to spend more time with my family this year than I’ve been able to in the past 10 years, so I’ve been seeing them on a regular, consistent basis rather than a few weeks during summer where everything is rushed. It’s been lovely to have this time with my family without rushing or the worry of having to leave soon.
Tell us, what's next in the pipeline for you?
I’m currently on the Gold Coast filming Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis movie. All I can say is that it’s a really, really exciting project and that it’s amazing working with Baz, Tom Hanks, and Austin Butler. I feel very blessed and fortunate that I‘m able to work this year through everything. Super grateful.
Scope the Holidate trailer below:
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