Meet The Real-Life Couple Set To Star In Lifetime’s Gay Holiday Movie

Lifetime’s 1st holiday movie to middle on a similar-sex romance has located its major adult males.

On Monday, the network declared that actors Blake Lee and Ben Lewis experienced signed to star in “The Christmas Set up.” Directed by Pat Mills, the movie follows Hugo (performed by Lewis), a New York corporate attorney who options to shell out the vacations in Milwaukee with his mom, Kate (Fran Drescher), and most effective pal Madelyn (Ellen Wong). 

Kate then arranges for her son to run into a significant faculty crush, Patrick (Lee), who has recently returned to Wisconsin after a productive stint in California’s Silicon Valley. As they appreciate the festive year jointly, Hugo and Patrick’s attraction to each other is plain. But as Hugo receives phrase of a significant advertising demanding a shift to London, he have to make a decision what is most critical to him.

In a circumstance of artwork imitating lifetime, Lee and Lewis are a authentic-everyday living couple who married in 2016.  

“The Xmas Setup” will be featured between a spate of 30 new vacation-themed films in Lifetime’s “It is a Great Life span” lineup, set to kick off in Oct. It isn’t the network’s only various seasonal featuring, possibly, as “A Sugar & Spice Vacation” will star Jacky Lai and Tony Giroux and aim on a Chinese American household.  

Actors Blake Lee (left) and Ben Lewis will star in Lifetime's "A Christmas Setup." The real-life couple have been married for

Actors Blake Lee (still left) and Ben Lewis will star in Lifetime’s “A Xmas Setup.” The serious-existence pair have been married for 4 yrs. 

Amy Winter, Lifetime’s head of programming, praised “The Christmas Setup” and “A Sugar & Spice Holiday” as “important additions” to the network’s lineup. 

“The earth we make on camera should replicate the environment we stay in,” she stated. in a Monday statement. Noting that Life span was doing work with GLAAD to be certain that “The Xmas Setup” represents a delicate and precise portrayal of an LGBTQ partnership, she additional, “Our hope with these inclusive movies and other folks is that people will see them selves even though making the most of universally relatable holiday break romances.”

The stars them selves expressed equivalent sentiments on social media. 

“There’s good-odd and terrible-weird,” Lee, whose credits incorporate a recurring stint on “Parks and Recreation,” wrote on Instagram Monday. “2020 has been bad-weird, but starring alongside my spouse … in Lifetime’s 1st homosexual Christmas film absolutely qualifies as fantastic-unusual. In simple fact, it is the most surreal, fantastic early Xmas reward I could inquire for.”

Regarded for his roles in “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” and the CW’s “Arrow,” Lewis simply pledged to “make the yuletide Gay!”

The two Lifetime and the Hallmark Channel have pledged to range their lineup of holiday flicks, which have been criticized for relying on heterosexual (and overwhelmingly white) tales. 

The tide appeared to transform rather previous yr when Life span involved a gay couple (Brian Sills and Mark Ghanimé) as supporting people in “Twinkle All the Way.” 

While it was a tiny gesture, the movie’s inclusion of an LGBTQ narrative won praise from the Day by day Beast’s Tim Teeman, who proposed it could “shake up these snowy, normally heterosexual worlds of like.” Other critics, however, urged screenwriters and producers to get the up coming action by putting a similar-sexual intercourse couple at the middle of a holiday getaway film. 

The Hallmark Channel is established to unveil an queer-themed Christmas motion picture of its individual. Though no specifics have been confirmed, the network pledged to include things like “LGBTQ storylines, figures and actors” when announcing its holiday motion picture lineup in July.

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