Josh Murray’s new Fox Nation movie “Christmas at the Greenbrier” is about a second chance.
The actor stars as retired professional soccer player Ben, who unexpectedly bumped into his old flame Abby, played by Alicia Leigh Willis, at the historic luxury resort, The Greenbrier, while on vacation. After their relationship was derailed by his career years earlier, the two must decide if they’re willing to risk their hearts for the second time.
In an interview with Fox News Digital, Murray explained that he resonated with the central theme of holiday romance because of his own romance with wife Catherine.
“When I first went out with my current wife – we just celebrated our first anniversary a short time ago – I had a short date period with her when we were dating and things didn’t go down. didn’t work,” Murray said.
“It was a bit emotional,” he admitted. “And we stopped talking to each other for over a year, and we didn’t see each other.”
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The “General Hospital” alum went on to say that Catherine had moved on and the two had lost contact. However, the couple met again when she was in town during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“And I always had that feeling,” he said. “I had the opportunity to engage with her again. But I’ve had heartbreaks in the past, and it didn’t work out the first time. And I was really, really reluctant at first. ”
“When I first went out with my current wife – we just celebrated our first anniversary a short time ago – I had a short date period with her when we were dating and things didn’t go down. didn’t work.”
“My first reaction was that I’m just going to avoid it,” Murray added. “And I had to do some soul-searching and think about it and my friend called me a coward. And I was like, ‘Okay, well, I’m not a coward, and I’m going to talk to her. Eventually we were able to work through the issues and get on the same page, and we got married the following year.”
Murray told Fox News Digital that he bonded over the characters of Ben and Abby after they had another chance at love.
“Ben and Abby had a strong bond in the past that didn’t work out,” the ‘Killing Lincoln’ actor said. “They separated, they moved away. And they have this chance.”
He continued: “And, you know, there is the fear. There is the fear that it will fail. The same thing will happen. They will get hurt again. We want to try to learn our lesson and avoid it pain But sometimes we have to risk that second chance to have a different outcome.
Murray said he and Catherine celebrated their first wedding anniversary with a trip to Mammoth Lakes, California, where they hiked and spent a lot of time in nature. “On the day, we finally watched all of our wedding videos,” he added.
The actor told Fox News Digital that his preparation to play a former NFL quarterback started with throwing a football. Murray said he was a football player growing up and had no previous football experience.
“I had to start training. I was throwing the ball everywhere, I guess, to get familiar with football,” he said. “I don’t play an actual game in the movie, but there are scenes where we throw the ball, so I just had to feel comfortable with that.”
Former Virginia Tech Hokies head coach Frank Beamer was among the guests who attended the film’s Nov. 3 premiere.
Murray told Fox News Digital that he asked Beamer for his opinion on his football skills in the film after the screening.
“I said, ‘How did I do, coach?’ And he was surprised that I hadn’t played football before,” Murray said. “He was like, ‘I didn’t realize that.’ He said, ‘Well, you run like a football player.’ And then his friend he was with said, ‘But you throw like a footballer.'”
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Murray said the other big part of preparing for the role was focusing on the script.
“It really depends on the script,” he said. “A lot of times with these projects, especially TV, you don’t have a lot of time to prep. But with the weeks I have, really dive into the script, break it down and draw whatever conclusions I can draw from it. .”
“I had the chance to chat with Alicia Willis, who plays my counterpart in the film, for a few days before we started,” he added. “And just a bit of history, a bit of working relationship. It was really great, and it was wonderful to work with her.”
Murray told Fox News Digital that while his family didn’t have many Christmas traditions when he was growing up, he and Catherine began to establish their own traditions.
“Now that I’m married, that’s a whole new thing, isn’t it?” he said. “Now we do stuff with her family. She has her own things. So I’m really in a place to rediscover our traditions or create our own traditions that we’re going to establish for our family.”
“But so far that includes going to Big Bear and snowboarding,” Murray added. “Last year we did it. We’re doing it again this year. And last year we had snow, over a foot of snow at Christmas, and I couldn’t get down the mountain . We had to go down the mountain, buy a chain to put on my car, so I could drive in it.”
“It was a bit risky,” he continued. “But having the snow was awesome, especially living in Southern California. We never see snow normally unless we’re doing something like that. And it was so cool. We hung out in the snow, sledding, throwing snowballs. It was fun.”
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Murray will next be seen in the upcoming thriller “Gym Rat,” which he also executive produced. The actor told Fox News Digital that the film is about a “delusional, mildly psychotic bodybuilder fitness freak.”
“It’s in the box,” he said. “It’s in post-production. I plan to get it published this winter and consider distribution next year.”
The actor told Fox News Digital that he recently wrapped filming on another project based on a true story and written by “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Shrek” screenwriter Terry Rossio.
“Great, great project and I’m playing a whistleblower, and it’s a bit of a corporate legal thriller,” he said. “It’ll probably be out next summer. So I’m really looking forward to it.”
“Christmas at the Greenbrier” is now airing on Fox Nation.
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