Christmas 2022 will forever be a special time for real-life marrieds Darin Brooks (Wyatt, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and Kelly Kruger (ex-Eva, B&B; ex-Mac, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) — because it’s the year that they got to play a reel-life couple in a made-for-television holiday movie! The duo will appear in The Art of Christmas, debuting Saturday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m., on the Great American Family channel. (Check local listings to confirm the date and time with your cable carrier.)
The film is Kruger’s first movie project since she gave birth to the couple’s older daughter, Everleigh, in 2019. And when the filmmakers were searching for a love interest for her character, she suggested her funny and talented hubby! “Kelly had worked with the producers before and they were still casting,” the B&B star told Soap Opera Digest. “Kelly was like, ‘Let me ask Darin if he wants to do one of the roles,’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, sure.’ It was very cool that worked out, and it was so fun for us to work together again,”
The Art of Christmas stars Brigette Kingsley (who also wrote the film) as Liv, a struggling artist who reluctantly accepts a job teaching at a local elementary school to make ends meet. Although teaching art to young children wasn’t part of her plan, Liv soon discovers her true self and a sense of purpose along the way — and a surprising romance with another educator, Joe Towne’s Jake. Kruger has a supporting role in the film as Liv’s best friend, Brit, as does Brooks as Jake’s buddy Reggie. And from what Kruger teased, there’s an on-screen love connection for Brit and Reggie as well!
With their daughters Everleigh and Gemma in tow, the actors headed up to Canada in September to work on the film, reuniting on camera for the first time since they had previously worked together on the Spike series BLUE MOUNTAIN STATE in 2012. Kruger posted several behind-the-scenes videos on Instagram of their family’s time together on the set of The Art of Christmas, like the one posted above, and another one where Brit and Reggie are singing karaoke. “This experience has been one for the books,” she raved in one of her social media posts about the project.
You can watch a preview of The Art of Christmas below, and then tune in on Dec. 10 to see Kruger and Brooks together on the small screen!