Ryan Paevey stars with Jessica Parker Kennedy in the new Hallmark movie Under the Christmas Sky. The film will premiere this weekend as part of the 2023 Countdown to Christmas lineup.
New Hallmark movie
In Under the Christmas Sky, Jessica Parker Kennedy plays Kat, an aspiring astronaut whose career is brought to a halt when a car accident leaves her with a blind spot. She returns home to see her family, who do their best to cheer her up with Christmas activities such as cookie-making and tree decorating.
When nothing lifts her spirits, her brother (played by Andrew Bushell) suggests she get involved with the local planetarium. She agrees to consult on an exhibit and is assigned to work with David (played by Ryan Paevey), a curator who is less than thrilled to have an outsider interfering.
Though Kat and David get off to a rough start, they soon find common ground amid the magic of Christmas and their shared love of space. Their exhibit is such a success they come up with another project — a Santa tracking party on Christmas Eve.
As their time working together comes to a close, Kat is offered a job in another state. Their new connection and growing feelings for one another are put to the test as they try to decide just what the future could hold. According to a synopsis from Hallmark, “…A little Christmas spirit will help these two find their way to happiness on Christmas Day.”
About the cast
A native of California, Ryan Paevey was spotted and signed by a modeling agent when he was a teenager. In an interview with Soap Opera Digest, he said that after high school he was doing a few shoots and tending bar to make ends meet when he landed the role on General Hospital.
“My managers were like, ‘Quit your day job. You got a thing,’” he said.
He has starred in the Hallmark movies Unleashing Mr. Darcy (2016), Harvest Love (2017), Marrying Mr. Darcy (2018), Hope at Christmas (2018), From Friend to Fiance (2019), A Summer Romance (2019), Christmas at the Plaza (2019), Matching Hearts (2020), A Timeless Christmas (2020), Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (2021), A Little Daytime Drama (2021), Coyote Creek Christma (2021), Two Tickets to Paradise (2022), A Fabled Holiday (2022), and Fourth Down and Love (2023).
In a 2021 Facebook Live appearance, Paevey shared what he likes about Hallmark.
“Hallmark is really kind of keyed into an equation that really works,” he said. “We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel. If repetitive and overly sweet are the worst things that can be leveled against you, I think you’re doing okay.”
Jessica Parker Kennedy played Melissa Glaser in the CW series The Secret Circle. She has also appeared in the TV shows 90210, Black Sails, Supergirl, and The Flash.
Under the Christmas Sky will premiere on Hallmark Channel on Sunday, October 22 at 8/7c.