'Desperately Seeking Santa's' Laura Vandervoort: 'A nice twist on the typical Christmas story'

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it's time to start looking ahead to Christmas. ABC Family is kicking things off with "Desperately Seeking Santa," which star Laura Vandervoort tells Zap2it is not your typical Christmas movie.

"I play Jennifer Walker. She's a girl very driven to succeed, make it up the corporate ladder at a mall in Boston," says Laura. "She comes up with this idea to have sexy Santa or hunky Santa instead of the regular Santa. She holds auditions with local men to be the new hunky Santa. It's a fun Christmas comedy, but it's also a romance. I'm a romantic at heart and I really related to the script."

Naturally, Jennifer finds her hunky Santa, in David Moretti ( Nick Zano) and then the romantic sparks fly. But he also teaches Jennifer that there's more to life than work.

"In the end, she realizes she has no family, she's always just been about work, and she realizes with this new man in your life that family comes first. Having love in your life is more important than succeeding in the corporate world," says Laura.

"I consider Jennifer to be the Scrooge in this film. It's a nice twist on the typical Christmas story. Eventually she realizes that Christmas has more meaning than sales and profits at the mall," she continues.

The film was actually shot a year ago, but Laura tells us it was nice to be doing Christmas-y things at a non-Christmas time of the year.

"Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. It was nice to have the Christmas songs and the cozy sweaters even though it wasn't Christmas. We had the hot chocolate, it felt like a little Christmas for real," says Laura.

"Desperately Seeking Santa" premieres Sunday, Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.

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