Kelsey Grammer and daughter Spencer Grammer have teamed as much as star in a brand new Lifetime Christmas film.
Throughout an interview with Fox Information Digital, Spencer mentioned what it was like working together with her father on “The 12 Days of Christmas Eve” and whether or not he tried to present her recommendation whereas filming.
“I had a extremely nice time. It is humorous to work with my dad. You understand how folks at all times discuss how horrible it’s to work with their household? I truly discovered that to be fairly the alternative,” Spencer mentioned. “It was enjoyable to make him snicker on set and to point out him my talent units as effectively.”
She wasn’t stunned she and her father labored so effectively collectively. Spencer “grew up on units” watching Kelsey work, and contemplating her mom was additionally a performer, she thinks of her household as “a vaudevillian household.”
The film options Spencer as a single mom looking for somebody to take care of her baby on Christmas Eve. She asks her father, performed by Kelsey, however he backs out to concentrate on his work. Spencer describes the film as “‘Groundhog Day’ meets ‘A Christmas Carol’” as a result of Kelsey’s character is ready to relive that day till he makes the proper selections.
Kelsey has been within the business for a very long time, so it might be pure to imagine he’d need to give his daughter performing recommendation on set. However she says he was “very respectful.”
“It was such a pleasure, actually. You simply need to know your traces, hit your marks after which play,” Spencer mentioned. “It is actually an unbelievable enterprise whenever you’re fortunate sufficient to get to do it, like I’m from time to time.”
Spencer hopes everybody in her household is wanting ahead to seeing the 2 of them on display collectively, even when it means watching the film over and over.
“I believe it was actually, truthfully, very thrilling for my son and will likely be. I imply, he would possibly get actually bored of it. I am going to simply make it the brand new household custom, the place each Christmas Eve we’re watching ‘The 12 days of Christmas Eve,’” she mentioned. “My dad and I will likely be like, ‘Perhaps we should always have tried that scene otherwise.’”
Her son truly had quite a bit to do together with her preparation for the function. Apart from the same old prep work, corresponding to “making a historical past with the opposite characters” and placing herself in her character’s sneakers, she considered her relationship together with her son and her household basically, which impressed her to not play the “character as petulant in any manner.”
“I assumed it was a way more fascinating option to say, ‘This can be a grown-up human being who has realized and forgiven her father already.’ He has to work tougher to get her again on his facet. So I sort of went from that method as a result of that is kind of how I really feel about my household,” she defined. “To be pulled in these totally different instructions, whenever you’re growing a profession and to be younger and at last develop into it, I actually felt these issues.”
By means of watching the film, Spencer hopes her followers will study that second possibilities aren’t assured in life. The film facilities on “a man who will get about 12 totally different possibilities at life to do it proper,” however not everybody could have that chance.
“Be appreciative of the life that you’ve and the way you could possibly actually enhance on it,” she mentioned. “I believe daily I get up, and I attempt to do the very best that I can. Not daily is like that and daily is not nice, however daily you get to get up is just about a pleasure, and I believe that is actually what the guts of that this film is really.”
Relating to working together with her father within the “Frasier” reboot, Spencer joked that “he is received so many youngsters” and that they need to attempt to “get one of many different one’s in there.” Whereas she does not assume she’ll be part of the reboot, she says working together with her dad made this movie “actually particular and actually distinctive.” She added that she feels fortunate to have been in a position to work with him after ready such a very long time.
Whereas this was Spencer’s first film with Lifetime, it is not her first huge function in Hollywood. She has been voicing one of many characters on “Rick and Morty” for the previous 11 years. On the time she landed the job, Spencer was pregnant and struggling to search out work that will accommodate her schedule, and voice performing gave the impression to be the right resolution.
“We did not know ‘Rick and Morty’ was going to be the large success that it was, however I actually felt prefer it had one thing actually particular about it, one thing so genuine in regards to the household dynamic, however positioned on this different sort of world the place any dimension is feasible,” she mentioned.
“It is also simply fully foolish and silly and irreverent and makes enjoyable of society in a extremely good way. I wish to say that my voice portrayal has had some half in its success, however I might additionally argue that the storylines and the writers and everybody else who’s part of it has additionally made it that.”
Spencer mentioned she’s near graduating with a masters from Columbia and is “presently in pre-production on (her) thesis movie.” As soon as that’s full, she says, she’s trying to transfer into directing.
“The 12 Days of Christmas Eve” premieres on Lifetime Nov. 26.