NEW YORK, Nov. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - Canadian actress Ramona Milano stars in the upcoming Hallmark movie of the week "A Christmas Song" which will make its national premiere at 8 p.m. EST Saturday, Nov. 3, on The Hallmark Channel.
Directed by Gemini nominated Timothy Bond, "A Christmas Song" is a family film about two high school musical teachers who face losing their jobs due to budget cuts, so they create a Christmas carol contest in an effort to save the school's music program. An unlikely relationship is berthed as a result.
"It's a love story," says Milano, "about a woman who has given up on the notion of love. I think what people are really going to enjoy is the relationships between teachers, kids, friends and couples."
Milano is known for her recurring role of Audra Torres on "Degrassi." Milano played Francesca Vecchio on the hit CBS series "Due South" which earned her two Gemini Award nominations.
Starring in "A Christmas Song" with Milano are Canadian actors Gabriel Hogan, whose prior credits include the Primetime Emmy winning television show "The Kennedys" and the Gemini Award winning show "The Dating Guy," and Natasha Henstridge, known for "The Whole Nine Yards" and "Species."
"We had a great time coming up with many ways and takes to deliver a scene," said Milano. "I appreciated the humor in the script and within the characters who seemed to choose self-deprecation over vanity. I like the way they approached situations with natural ability and humor."
Milano plays Jill in "A Christmas Song" opposite Henstridge, who plays Amy. The two characters are close friends despite having contrary viewpoints on romance.
Henstridge's character meets Ken, an improbable love interest, played by Hogan. Amy has a chance to restore her faith in romance when Ken turns out to be different than disingenuous suitors of before.
"It is entertaining and very soulful, heartfelt, sincere and funny," says Milano, who is currently wrapping season 12 on "Degrassi." Milano was also selected from a Canada-wide search to act as the Rogers mom in a Rogers Communications commercial campaign to promote one of the nation's top communications services companies.
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