Sunday, November 29, 2015

INTERVIEW: Greg Vaughan Previews Tonight's Holiday Movie 'The Christmas Note' on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Greg Vaughan stars in The Christmas Note, premiering Sunday, November 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
Before even graduating from high school, Texas native Greg Vaughan was discovered in a community back-to-school fashion show and was immediately signed by a local modeling agent.

With the opportunity to travel the world, he ventured to Milan, Italy just months after high school graduation. Upon arrival, Vaughan landed prestigious campaigns for the legendary designers Giorgio Armani and Gianni Versace, as well as Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren. The nomadic lifestyle came to an end through his mother's influence when she encouraged him to follow his true passion: acting.

Vaughan made first role as a series regular was Josh Walker in the popular Aaron Spelling series Malibu Shores. This soon led to Beverly Hills 90210, in which Vaughan played Cliff Yeager. Roles in small independent films followed, including the popular cult films Poison Ivy, The New Seduction and Children of the Corn V.

Guest star credits include roles in such series as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Any Day Now, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and Nash Bridges, as well as the controversial dramedy pilot Student Affairs for Imagine Television. Vaughn is also well-known for his role as Dan Gordon on the hit supernatural drama Charmed. After that series ended, he went on to star as Milo Mosley in Glory Days, the highly anticipated WB series from Kevin Williamson.

He eventually made his way into daytime with the role of Diego on CBS The Young & The Restless, which earned him rave reviews as well as a nomination for Daytime Best Newcomer and a coveted spot as one of the sexiest men alive in 2002 in People’s annual sexiest man issue. Vaughn also found time for comedy with guest roles on Will & Grace and Still Standing. He went on to land the role of Lucky Spencer on General Hospital and after departing, he had a recurring role on the hit CW series 90210, followed by the independent film Borderline Murder. Other credits include roles on The Closer, the ABC-Family pilot Jane by Design, the ABC series Good Christian Belles and lead roles in the television movies Love’s Christmas Journey and Second Chances. For the past three years, he has starred as Eric Brady on NBC's Days of our Lives.

In addition to his busy acting career, Vaughan is also the father to three sons.

amie-Lynn Sigler, Greg Vaughan, Dylan Kingwell star in
The Christmas Note. Photo Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown
Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss
His latest project is the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries holiday film, The Christmas Note, which premieres Sunday, November 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. It's the story of Gretchen Daniels (played by Jamie-Lynn Sigler) and her young son Ethan (Dylan Kingwell), who have just moved to a new town and are facing their first Christmas without Gretchen's husband, Kyle (Vaughan). Their next door neighbor, Melissa McCreary (Leah Gibson), is a loner and isn't interested in getting to know her new neighbors. But when Gretchen gets a knock on her door from a man looking for Melissa, she's thrown into a situation that takes her mind off of her own troubles and as a result, helps Melissa track down the sibling she never knew she had.

Serial Scoop recently spoke with Vaughan, who previewed tonight's The Christmas Note premiere. Read our exclusive interview below.

SERIAL SCOOP: How does it feel to be considered a sex symbol?
GREG VAUGHAN: [Laughs] I love the first question out of the box, "How does it feel to be a sex symbol?" You know, I think everyone can be a sex symbol in their own right. For whatever reason, I have a great hair and makeup team that always make me look good before going on camera. But I don’t really look at myself or feel that way. I feel that I have a lot to offer as a person. I'm a person who thinks it's my character more so as the beauty of who I am. It's defined by how I treat my friends and my loyalty to my friends and family. That to me―if there is a way to be considered beautiful―that's it.

SERIAL SCOOP: This is your second Hallmark movie?
GREG VAUGHAN: Third movie. Love's Christmas Journey, and then Second Chances.

SERIAL SCOOP: What is it about Hallmark movies that appeal to you?
GREG VAUGHAN: I just love Hallmark. I think they have a formula that works, that connects with people on all levels. I love being involved, or thought of or included. Things that my kids will one day be able to look at and say, "Yeah I like that movie, that was fun." But anything in the holiday spirit is just so much fun to be a part of. Hallmark is a good family. I'm very very grateful that they even think of using me, and bringing me into something.

SERIAL SCOOP: What can you tell me about your character, Kyle?
GREG VAUGHAN: When I first read the story I wasn't sure if I was really going to be kind of a flashback memory, because I am not physically present, and they are doing a lot of flashbacks. And then the thing is, as soon as I went through the script, I finally realized that my character was present. He isn't dead, which I thought at first. He serves in the military, and he is abroad overseas fighting for his country, very much what we go through in our daily lives today with the war. Kyle is a good family guy, and he loves his family but he is missing a lot of family time. His wife, Gretchen, is getting lonely. She goes home and Kyle always tries to communicate by writing letters, phone calls, and stuff like that. He is trying to keep her spirits up in the highest of highs, all because their son is kind of missing Dad.

The Christmas Note premieres Sunday, November 29
at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
SERIAL SCOOP: You always seem to have such great chemistry with your leading ladies? What was it like working with Jamie Lynn and developing that instant chemistry?
GREG VAUGHAN: It's funny because one of our executive producers came over-my filming and production came towards the end of the movie-and it was basically focusing on the girls and then I showed up. Jamie and I had this whole "Hi, how are you?" coffee talk in the makeup room, and we related to something as parents, and that really set the tone for us. Everything else was on screen, and then at days end she said, "The movie has been so missing an element, which I wasn't quite sure of, because I have been very happy with the way it has been going. But the moment you guys came on and finished the stuff, it finally gave heartbeat to the story." It was truly a compliment to be recognized in that manner. And at the same time, Jamie isn't a difficult person to try to make chemistry with. I was excited to work with her and was looking forward to it.

SERIAL SCOOP: Why should your fans watch The Christmas Note?
GREG VAUGHAN: It's just a great time of the year. There is a beautiful story in there, about love and family, and some romance. But I just definitely think that the holiday spirit, the warmth of family, ties into the formula of what Hallmark delivers. There is someone everywhere that is going to identify with what the characters may be going through, and they are really relatable. I think there is just a heartfelt warm feeling at the end of the movie, the true meaning of what the spirit and the joy of what the holidays bring to people. This movie captures it.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Watch a sneak peek of The Christmas Note below.

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