'Schitt's Creek' stars give the lowdown on Rose Family's Christmas: Holiday Special 'will see past holidays and what we are missing'
Christmas is messy, disappointing, and tiresome for the Rose Family, but nothing will stop them from doing it the old traditional way
'Schitt's Creek' is clearly the millennial family show that we need to watch. The under-rated Canadian show created by Eugene Levy ('SCTV', 'American Pie') and Daniel Levy, follows the dysfunctional Rose Family whose members suddenly find themselves stripped off all their wealth, and are now residing in a motel that they had once bought as a joke. Starring Catherine O’Hara, Annie Murphy, Emily Hampshire, Dan Levy, and Noah Reid, the show has gained popularity for its realistic depiction of family turmoils.
Speaking with Meaww at the Vulture Fest, the stars of 'Schitt's Creek' revealed some sneak peeks about the holiday special episode and it looks like Alexis Rose (played by Annie Murphy) is not going to be very happy about her Christmas presents.
This Christmas the Rose Family is trying something new, as they are bringing back the old way of celebrating the season. Catherine O'Hara, who plays the polarising character, Moira Rose, said that since Johnny (played by Eugene Levy) is as Jewish as anyone can get, they are a mixed bag of people getting together for the holiday. However, she hinted, "You will see a bit of our past life, and what out holidays used to be like, and what we are missing."
However, things are about to go berserk as the Rose Family is clearly not ready to take things the traditional way. Annie Murphy claimed that Alexis is "deeply disappointed with her gifts" although she knows that "Johnny is trying very hard for a Rose Family Christmas like the old days." In the old days, O'Hara points out that they would actually hire people to give away gifts since Johnny was never really the best gift-giver. We can easily sympathize with Johnny since giving out gifts is never an easy task and Noah Reid, who plays Patrick, pointed out that sometimes the mounting pressure of giving out the perfect present in Christmas can be a bit too much.
He explained, "Everybody feels the pressure of living up to what traditions have been or creating a new tradition, and making sure that it is going to be as good as what they have experienced — all of that stuff mounts and turns you into a crazy person." Probably this is what has always made the show so relatable. Its use of everyday elements to create a very familiar chaotic scenario makes it a regular watch for most audiences. Daniel Levy explained, "One of the goals that we had set out to accomplish was to tell truths about family dynamics, and sometimes the funniest things come from the darkest, weirdest, strangest interactions, and there is comfort when people watch the show and feel, 'okay, so we are not alone in our dysfunction'."
Adding to Daniel's statement, Eugene shared, "The fact that it has an appeal greater than the country of Canada" is worth noting. However, he also marked that the show has a very Canadian sentimental tone to it. "Not realizing that what you are doing, would be worth anybody looking at you." This trait of being doubtful about one's own work is what gives the show its global appeal. The Christmas Special episode airs on December 19, soon to be followed by the fifth season which will release on January 19, 2019.
Watch their talk below: