In his latest movie, The 12 Days of Christmas Eve, a part of Lifetime’s 2022 “It’s a Fantastic Lifetime” programming, Kelsey Grammer performs a profitable however ill-tempered businessman who will get right into a lethal automobile accident on Christmas Eve, after which a really even-keeled Santa-in-limbo offers him 12 probabilities to redo the 24 hours that introduced him there, Groundhog Day model.
In true holiday-movie vogue, to reside, Grammer should be taught the that means of Christmas and restore his relationships, particularly together with his daughter, who’s performed by Grammer’s precise daughter, Spencer Grammer.
Just like the 2004 movie of the identical title with Steven Weber and Molly Shannon, during which a profitable enterprise government neglects these closest to him and should redo Christmas Eve till he will get it proper, and the basic Charles Dickens novel A Christmas Carol, the movie is about second probabilities and the significance of prioritizing household. Fortunately, the wrought father-daughter relationship between Kelsey’s workaholic character Brian and his physician daughter Michelle is nothing just like the one between the real-life Grammers, and that is fairly seen when watching the 2 of them discuss to one another.
“Spencer was at all times entrance and heart,” Kelsey says of his relationship to his daughter when she was younger. “She went in all places with me, within the first few years.”
Spencer nonetheless remembers this vividly, and credit it for her curiosity in appearing. “I grew up going to observe him work on a regular basis, particularly when he was doing the previous few years of Frasier. I cherished showtime. I cherished being backstage and within the wings. I at all times wished to work with him.”
Spencer, who has been appearing for many of her grownup life, is most well-known for her position on the late 2000s-era sorority drama collection Greek in addition to being the voice of Summer season, Morty’s sister, on Rick and Morty. That is the primary time she’s labored along with her dad onscreen. “The concept of with the ability to play my dad’s daughter in a movie has at all times been a dream of mine,” Spencer says. “We had a good time. It was a lot enjoyable, actually magical.”
“I don’t know if it’s as a result of I spent a lot time on set with him, nevertheless it felt so pure and simple,” Spencer provides. “I’ve at all times cherished Christmas. I couldn’t have requested for a greater story. It was magical to share it with my precise father.”
Kelsey, too, couldn’t have been happier to work together with his daughter. “We simply kind of hit the bottom working,” Kelsey stated. “It was a beautiful time.”
The 12 Days of Christmas Eve, which Kelsey admits is a nod to Groundhog Day in addition to Dickens, premieres on Lifetime on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 8pm ET/PT.