Former THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Justin Hartley (ex-Adam) gets a load of family secrets and a 30-year-old mystery to solve in the new Netflix holiday film The Noel Diary! Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Richard Paul Evans, the Christmas-themed movie will debut on Nov. 24 on the streaming service.
“Can’t wait for you all to see this movie!” Hartley enthused on Instagram of the film, his first major project following the end of his critically acclaimed series, THIS IS US, in May of this year.
The Noel Diary stars Hartley as Jacob Turner, a successful novelist who gets a surprising phone call around the holidays from his estranged mother’s lawyer informing him that she’s passed away. Returning home to clean out the house and settle his mother’s estate, Jake meets a young woman named Rachel (played by Barrett Doss from STATION 19), who is searching for information on her birth mother, whom she believes worked as the Turners’ nanny years ago. As Jake and Rachel set out together on a journey to confront their pasts, an old diary that he found among the piles of possessions in his mother’s house may hold the key to unlocking their connection — and opening up their hearts to an unexpected future.
Hartley made his soap debut playing Fox Crane on the NBC’s PASSIONS from 2002-06, then hit primetime with roles on series like EMILY OWENS, M.D., REVENGE, and MISTRESSES. In 2014, he returned to daytime to play a recast of Adam Newman on Y&R, leaving two years later when he’d been cast on THIS IS US.
Filmed in Connecticut in the spring of 2021, The Noel Diary also stars Essence Atkins, Bonnie Bedelia, James Remar, and Treat Williams. Check out the trailer below for the heartwarming holiday film, and then check it out on Netflix starting on Thanksgiving Day!