Divalicious Intervierview! The Truth About Christmas’ Kali Hawk Reveals What She’s Obsessed With At The Holidays!!By Delaina Dixon | November 23, 2018 | Entertainment
Hello, lovely Divas! We hope your Thanksgiving was fantastic and that you’re coming out of your turkey haze and prepping for the next great Christmas TV film starring a brown gal!
In The Truth About Christmas, airing Sunday on Freeform, Kali Hawk stars as Jillian, a political consultant who’s a little lax with the truth for her city councilman boyfriend/client. When he invites her home to meet the family, Jillian quickly discovers she’s been put under a spell where she can’t lie – the timing couldn’t be worse, right?
DivaGalsDaily rang up the actress to find out the truth about making this new holiday flick for Freeform. Kali filled us in on her character, her fave scenes in the movie (including a great comedy set) and the one thing she cannot – we repeat CAN NOT – live without during the holiday season!
The Truth About Christmas, describe it in your own words.
It’s a movie that follows the very universal of womanhood, and what it means to be your authentic self in your professional world and romantic life – how difficult it can be and how funny it can be and how ultimately rewarding it can be.
You play Jillian, who’s determined to get what she wants – until she can’t lie anymore! We start to realize that she’s made a lot of sacrifices.
The funny thing about sacrifice is by the time you realize what you’ve lost what and what’s important to you is already gone. The good news about Jillian’s journey is that she’s able to get some of it back and connect who she was and who she’s always been.
What was the most fun scene in the movie to shoot? There’s a hilarious breakfast scene.
That was really funny. There was this little girl sitting at the table, and when you’re a kid you can be as honest as you want. You’re not aware of being courteous. She did whatever she wanted to do all throughout the scene and I got such joy out of watching her being alive in the moment. It kind of gave a little bit of life to me in the scene. Kids really get what the truth about Christmas is all about.
You do a comedy set in the movie. You have a comedic background – did you come up with the jokes yourself?
Our director has directed a lot of great comedies and he’s especially adept with comedy specials. We started to talk about what other skills I have and I told him I have done stand-up comedy before. And he said that we’ve got to put that in the movie. So on the day, I was up there making stuff up, and he was writing down jokes he liked and eventually building up a set that I could repeat take after take. There was a lot of improvisation, and it really thew me back in time.
Do you think you could get through a day without lying, especially around the holidays?
It’s interesting. When I thought about this script and tried to compare it to my real life experience, I found that the art of adulthood is being able to tell the truth as artfully and elegantly as possible. If someone asks you, does my butt look fat in these pants, you don’t say, “yes!” You say, “I really actually love you in those brown pants.” So you haven’t really lied to them, but you haven’t really told them anything they don’t want to hear.
There is a slew of holiday movies this year featuring women of color in the lead. Why do you think this is the year?
I hadn’t even thought about that until just recently, a friend sent me a tweet saying they were excited to see the movie because it was another holiday movie that had a black female lead and they are really looking forward to it. And it wasn’t until that moment that I thought, oh yeah, I am the lead and I am African-American person, but this is the brilliance of what’s been happening in my career is that it never came up. You look at the truth about Christmas, yes there is a black woman in the lead role and nearly everyone around her is white, but the movie is not about that. The movie is about her journey as a person, not a person of color, and the other people in the movie are just people. The movie has no stereotypes, not boring tropes, and I feel it’s kind of rare for romantic comedies to allow that to happen. Normally, explain it in the storyline, where you would not what the story is about… Everything about this movie is unexpected, it how it transcends race, and it’s about the joy and journey. If it’s inspiring to people because I’m an actress and an actress of color that’s an added bonus, it’s also great that someone who looks like me can see themselves on the screen just being a person.
What’s one of your holiday traditions of the season?
I got to have eggnog every holiday season. I start drinking it the moment it comes out. I’m obsessed with it. I look forward to eggnog more than even getting presents. I do every eggnog toast. If you’re having one, I’m coming over.
Watch The Truth About Christmas, Sunday, Nov. 25 at 9 p.m. on Freeform. Check out our handy list to see other holiday TV movies starring black women leads!
photo credit: Freeform/Albert Camicioli