Arts and Entertainment
|It's the most wonderful time of year for Charlotte actor Joslyn Y. Hall|
|Harding High grad stars in two romantic comedies|
|Published Saturday, November 21, 2020|
|Harding University High alumnus Joslyn Y. Hall stars in a pair of romantic holiday comedies, "Christmas in Carolina" and "A Nashville Christmas Carol" which debuts Nov. 21 on Hallmark Channel.|
Joslyn Y. Hall, a Harding University High School alumna, stars in the holiday romantic comedy “Christmas in Carolina” as Elle. Her character has given up on love until she meets Wesley, played by former Queens University of Charlotte alumnus David L. Rowell, who takes her home to spend the holidays with his family in South Carolina.
“Being able to shoot a movie in what was essentially my hometown was pretty much a dream come true,” said Hall, whose family typically spends holidays together in South Carolina, where the movie was shot on location. “How often does that happen, especially hearing about a film coming out of South Carolina? You don’t hear about that often.”
The film also stars Kellie Shanygne Williams and Darius McCrary of “Family Matters” fame. The movie was filmed in six days last December, and it was released earlier this month.
“Being able to work alongside two powerhouses like them, oh my gosh, it was amazing,” Hall said.
Hall also plays Luanne in Hallmark’s “A Nashville Christmas Carol,” which premieres Nov. 21 on Hallmark Channel. While the film is set in Nashville and certain shots are from Nashville, the film was actually shot in Charlotte, including Blumenthal Performing Arts’ Belk Theater in Uptown.
For Hall it was a combination of her first Hallmark movie and the opportunity to film in her hometown.
“There is something about filming Christmas movies,” she said. “The energy, just the spirit of it, the atmosphere is amazing. Being on set and filming a Hallmark movie, I mean you guys know Hallmark. They have all of the decorations. It’s just Christmas town. With Christmas being one of my favorite holidays, it was just such a pleasure being in that environment.”
The film was shot in early September and October, with ample precautions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including daily testing, masks on set and between filming scenes.
“I am so blessed to be working during this pandemic,” Hall said. “It was different, but it was very safe.”
Hall, who earned bachelor’s in communication studies, with a minor in radio from UNC Greensboro, currently lives in Atlanta. Her goal is to work with Angela Bassett and to tell powerful Black stories. Hall’s passion for acting began her junior year in high school during a theater class.
“My instructor was Ms. Sam, and I always say that she holds a special place in my heart because she is the one who really pushed me and helped cultivate [my talent],” Hall said. “We would always put on little performances and skits for the school, and we were doing really good. We got great feedback. It was to the point where the school really enjoyed the performances we used to put on.”
Yet it was the superlative for Best Supporting Actress Hall won as a senior that flipped a switch for her that she could pursue acting as a career.
“I remember after winning that superlative I was shocked,” Hall said. “I was like, ‘wow, maybe I am pretty good at this for me to win an award.’ That really helped my confidence as well. from there, it really struck a chord in me, and made me realize, this is something I could actually make a living out of. It’s something I really enjoy. This is a profession that I could have. Ever since then, I’ve been full steam ahead.”
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