In Help for the Holidays, Summer Glau plays an elf helping a family find their Christmas spirit.
Summer Glau, who plays an elf
and John Brotherton, who plays
her love interest, share moments
of happiness in 'Help for the
Plot summary : Sara Vancamp (Eva LaRue) is a busy mom with no Christmas spirit. Christine (Summer Glau), an elf from Santa's village who wonders if there could be more to life than making toys in the North Pole, comes to the real world to help the VanCamp family, mom Sara (La Rue), dad Scott (Dan Gauthier), and their two kids, re-discover the Christmas spirit and falls in love in the process.
Full synopsis : from The Hallmark Channel in PDF format.
Director : Bradford May
Writer : Bob Sáenz, Abbey Cleland (Read two exclusive interviews with Bob Saenz, one published before the premiere and one after)
Summer Glau's character pulls candy canes out from behind people's ears all the time and Summer had to work on it quite a bit because she says she doesn't have natural talent for magic.
Summer's elf costume is a Dirndl, a traditional german/bavarian costume. The flower on Summer's Dirndl is Gentian and on her elf colleague's Dirndl it's Edelweiss both typical mountain flowers you can find in the Alps (thanks to German fan Sammy9578 for the explanations)
Sometimes the cinematographer would say to the makeup artist, “ Myke, Summer looks a little shinny", and Myke would have to remind him by saying "Maximo, she’s an elf" and he would say, “oh yeah, right”. (Read an exclusive interview with Summer Glau personal makeup artist Myke Spezzano)
The movie was Hallmark’s most watched original movie of 2012 (Read more on the ratings)
"Help for the Holidays", called "La Baby Sitter de Noel" in France, premiered on French TV on December 24, 2013
"Help for the Holidays", called "Help for Christmas" in the United Kingdom, premiered on Channel 5 on Dcember 8, 2013