‘A Taste of Christmas’: Meet Anni Krueger, Gilles Marini and rest of the cast of Lifetime's holiday movie

The story revolves around Natalie and Stefano, and how these two despite their different views come together


                            ‘A Taste of Christmas’: Meet Anni Krueger, Gilles Marini and rest of the cast of Lifetime's holiday movie
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By now some of you must have already entered the holiday state of mind. Planning and decorations for Christmas Day must have been chalked out – after all it is one of the most anticipated festivals of the year. This year the celebrations may be scaled downed – and rightly so. But this in no way can be an excuse to be sad. In fact, Lifetime is giving another reason to smile this holidays. They will premiere the movie ‘A Taste of Christmas’ as part of the network's annual ‘It’s a Wonderful Lifetime’ programming.

According to the official synopsis of the film, “When Natalie (Anni Krueger) learns her cousin (Nia Vardalos) must cancel the Christmas Eve opening of her new Italian restaurant, Natalie's heart goes out to all of the guests who were planning on attending. Since no one should be alone on Christmas, Natalie decides to make the opening happen any way she can. However, the attractive but pessimistic Chef Stefano (Gilles Marini) believes it's impossible - there are only three days until Christmas! But Natalie insists that problems are just opportunities in disguise and soon she convinces Stefano that they can do it. At first, these opposites do not attract, but feelings begin to change when they find themselves working side-by-side. With Stefano’s help Natalie learns that cooking, like Christmas, isn’t about perfection...it’s about sharing it with the ones you love.”

But before you watch this holiday movie, take a look at the dynamic cast behind it.

Anni Krueger

Anni has been part of TV shows such as ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ and ‘The Romanoffs’. She is also a singer. According to her website, as a singer, she has worked in studio on TV/commercial projects including contributing vocals for the two seasons of Comedy Central’s ‘Inside Amy Schumer’. Her Instagram account gives us a peek into her professional and personal life. From behind the scene set photos to her having fun outdoors, her page reflects a myriad personality.

Gilles Marini

Gilles Marini attends the 2019 amfAR Gala Los Angeles at Milk Studios on October 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)

The actor is known for his roles in the film ‘Sex and the City’ and in television shows such as ‘Brothers & Sisters’, ‘Switched at Birth’ and ‘Devious Maids’. He was also the runner-up in season 8 of ‘Dancing with the Stars’. He was also part of the 2020 movie ‘Waiting for Anya’. Other acting projects include ‘Modern Family’, ‘Teenwolf’, ‘Days of Our Lives’ and ‘Daredevil’.

Nia Vardalos

Nia Vardalos attends Neuro Brands Presenting Sponsor At The Elton John AIDS Foundation's Academy Awards Viewing Party on February 09, 2020 in West Hollywood, California. (Getty Images)

The actress is best known for her work in 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding', that she wrote and starred in. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for her work on 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding'.

‘A Taste of Christmas’ is produced by Sunshine Films & Aventura Entertainment. Omar Romay is the executive producer. The film is directed by Damian Romay and the script is by Kelly Peters and Amy Katherine Taylor. A short preview featured on their website introduces viewers with the protagonists. Even though they appear to differ in their way of working in the beginning, the two eventually seem to fall for each other.

‘A Taste of Christmas’ will premiere on Friday, November 20, at 8 pm ET on Lifetime.

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