The 'One Tree Hill' alum spills on recruiting her former costars and feeling empowered by the network.
Hilarie Burton is proud to be a Christmas queen for Lifetime.
This year marks her fourth time starring in a holiday movie for the network and she has no plans to stop anytime soon. In fact, she only hopes to expand her resume going forward.
"They don't want you to be a one trick pony," Burton told TooFab in a recent interview. "I have produced the last two films I've done with them, I have been clear with them I want to direct one next year and they've been very supportive of it."
This year, Burton stars in "A Christmas Wish," airing Thanksgiving Day. In the past, she starred in "Last Chance for Christmas," "The Christmas Contract" and "Christmas on the Bayou." And, no, it's not just her love of the holiday season that keeps her coming back for more.
"It's very fashionable to be pro-women, but Lifetime has a track record, they've been doing it," she explained. "What I've found, particularly in this genre, in other outlets, I've always had male directors. Men that I've had to had conversations with, who are lovely, but I have to say, 'This is not, as a woman, how I feel. I feel this is being misrepresented.'"
"At Lifetime it is always a female director, female writer, the woman is always the lead of the movie. There is an empowerment there," she added. "It's a place where women can grow and I'm really really proud to be involved with them."
While there are some who may look down at the network's slate of romcoms and ripped-from-the-headlines-type thrillers, Burton lives for it.
"There's a lot of content out there that's good and wins Emmys and it's fantastic. I make content that makes people feel good and that is what's cool to me," she explained. "I like the dorky cool stuff. That's my vibe man, dork cool."
Making it even cooler: the movies have also given her the opportunity to reconnect with her "One Tree Hill" co-stars. Tyler Hilton appears in the new film, while he, Robert Buckley and Danneel Ackles all appeared in her 2018 offering. Those familiar faces can come in handy considering the short turnaround time on Lifetime's projects.
"Sometimes people think making movies [this size is] easy and I would argue that we have smaller budgets," explained Burton. "This year alone we had 32 speaking roles, we had 20-something different locations and we shot it in 15 days in May in Louisiana. It was an exercise in creativity and ingenuity. But when you're calling all your buddies who you know are team players and great at what they do, there's a trust level there. Where it's like, 'You're good, great,' no matter what gets thrown at us, we're gonna have a good time and make a good movie."
"A Christmas Wish" airs November 28 on Lifetime.