Anyone who's ever heard Aaron Tveit sing knows that in real life he's basically a Disney prince. So it's perfect that he should play kings in his first Hallmark film. in the A royal holiday – which premieres on the Hallmark Channel on October 31st – the actor plays a prince named James who was reluctantly stranded in New England in a snow storm days before Christmas. After a chance encounter with a bubbly nurse named Anna (Laura Osnes), James spends the vacation at her family's Connecticut Inn and a sweet romance slowly begins to unfold.
Tveit had known Osnes for a long time and said he was excited to work with the other Broadway star in the film. Although the two have sung together on different occasions, Tveit noted that they "never really worked together". Plus, the fact that Osnes has a couple of Hallmark films in stock was an added bonus. "She showed me the Hallmark ropes," he said to POPSUGAR. Of course, Hallmark couldn't have a movie with Broadway actors like Tveit and Osnes without recording a musical number. The two sing "Winter Wonderland" for the film. "It was unbelievable," said Tveit about the inclusion of the holiday route. "I've always wanted to secretly record a Christmas album. Maybe one day I'll do it again. So it was so much fun and the people at Hallmark were so open to it. Laura and I talked about it, and somehow she got the idea: “Why don't we sing something?” And we introduced it (Hallmark) as one of the credit sequences, and no questions were asked (and they were) on board straight away making everything possible. "
Another treat for fans is Tveit's accent in the film. Although Prince James hails from a fictional land called Galwick, his accent was inspired by real royalty. "We looked at Prince William and Prince Harry in terms of the wardrobe palette and things like that. We wanted to look at these people to see how a bit of elevation and wardrobe and a little bit more traditional can help sell that we are royalty In terms of the accent, there is only something about British RP, a traditional British accent that I think does the same thing. There are things in the script that are very much written in that cadence, and when said (without) the accent I was very lucky in preparing for this Les Misérables Film, I had almost six weeks of one-on-one dialect training for this film, and that was all RP. So it was nice to pull those notes out again. I somehow relied on that gift I received those years ago. Hopefully it turned out well. "
While Tveits fans are sure to be thrilled to see him in a Hallmark vacation movie (and cozy sweaters), one thing that drew the actor to the film was the heartwarming story. "That was kind of a perfect storm because I've always been a fan of (Hallmark) films, especially Christmas films," he said. "I read the script and just thought it was a nice, simple story that is kind of timeless. The script really moved me, and I just thought it was such a bright, warm story. Especially the one before Background of everything that happens in our world is just a great time to come together and enjoy a great evening with a great story. "
"I'm always looking for characters and people with a journey ahead of them."
I've played different characters over the years – from Mike Warren on Graceland to Christian on Broadway Moulin Rougewho recently earned him his first Tony nomination – Tveit noted that he was always drawn to characters who change. "That's what I love about this one script and the great movies and great stories and great plays. It's just about the characters changing," he said. "I'm always looking for characters and people who have a journey ahead of them."
Although he has dealt with many different genres and media in his career, he found that he will always have a soft spot for musical theater. "I love them all equally, but it has to do with being on stage every night (and) having that experience with the audience, hearing the applause (and) that laugh. There is just such an energy going up on the stage and in a theater. in a live performance that you can't get anywhere else. As much as I love being on the set, and I love the craftsmanship and artistry it takes when you're in a comedy, laughing nobody, because they can't do it There's nothing better than being on stage, but the compromise is of course being on stage and doing a show eight times a week, which is the hardest thing an actor can do So it's a delicate balance, and I. I'm just very grateful for having walked all of these different trails. "Given that Tveit has effortlessly mastered every project he's working on, I can't wait to see w as he does next. Cross your fingers, it's a Christmas album!