Hallmark Channel movies can do more that just promote the Christmas spirit. “A Christmas Love Story,” in which someone meets their birth mother for the first time, also conveys a subtle pro-life message.
Actress Kristin Chenoweth who stars in the film and who was adopted herself, told viewers through Facebook Live that the scene really hit home for her.
“That scene happened to me,” she said. “I am adopted and I had this virtually same conversation with my birth mom. I remember (my birth mom) saying to me, ‘Can you ever forgive me?’ And I was like, ‘There’s nothing to forgive. You gave me such a great life.’ I got the right parents. Anyway, that scene is very special to me because we developed it around exactly what happened in my life.”
Chenoweth shared how she feels blessed for both her biological mother and the woman who raised her. “One gave me life,” she said, “and one gave me a life.”
On social media, Chenoweth reaffirmed her support of the pro-life message when she responded to Mallory Quigley, vice president of communications for the pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List.
“Oh em gee. Beautiful #Prolife message in (Hallmark Channel) Christmas Love Story movie starring (Kristin Chenoweth),” Quigley posted.
“Thank you,” the actress responded. “Told from my gut.”
Chenoweth is open about her Christian faith. During the same question-and-answer session, a questioner revealed that the actress stopped in the middle of the Starbucks to pray for a young man who recently passed away, though she never met him. Both the questioner and Chenoweth were brought to tears over the emotional story.
“I just wanted to let you know that you were an angel in my life a few years ago,” the woman told Chenoweth. “My best friend died in a car accident. His other best friend is (actor) Norbert Butz. And Norbert sang at the memorial … and right before he went to the memorial, he ran into you.”
Chenoweth immediately knew what the questioner was referencing.
“I’ve always wanted to meet you to thank you, because when Norbert told you about what happened, you said, ‘Well, I wanna pray for him.’ And you stopped in a Starbucks right then and prayed for him,” the woman continued. “And it meant a lot to everyone.”
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice