NOC Interview: Chad Michael Murray Discusses ‘Toying With the Holidays’

Chad Michael Murray stars as Kevin in Toying With the Holidays. The holiday film is part of It’s a Wonderful Lifetime and premieres Saturday, December 18 at 8/7c on Lifetime. Murray also serves as co-executive producer.

Workaholic designer Danielle (Cindy Busby) returns to her hometown of Holly Pines for the holidays with her young son Paul with hopes to introduce him to some beloved holiday traditions, in particular the town’s North Pole Express train. Once home, she discovers that the North Pole Express has been sidelined. Determined to help, Danielle reconnects with her former high school classmate Kevin (Chad Michael Murray), now a hobbyist and model train enthusiast himself. Together, Danielle and Kevin attempt to pull off a Christmas miracle that would get the old North Pole Express running–and quite possibly give Danielle many reasons, one of them romantic, to consider staying in Holly Pines for good…


Murray is best known for his role as Lucas Scott in the beloved series, One Tree Hill. His other notable television credits include Gilmore Girls, Dawson’s Creek, Chosen, Agent Carter, Riverdale, Star, Sun Records, Southland, Scream Queens, and Texas Rising.

The actor can also be seen in Freaky Friday, A Cinderella Story, House of Wax, To Write Love on Her Arms, The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia, Cavemen, A Madea Christmas, The Beach House, Camp Cold Brook, Road to Christmas, Write Before Christmas, Love in Winterland, Survive the Night, Too Close For Christmas, Colors of Love, Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman, Survive the Game, Angel Falls Christmas, Fortress, Sand Dollar Cove, Christmas Cupid, Left Behind, Outlaws and Angels, Max Winslow and the House of Secrets, Lies in Plain Sight, as well as Home of the Brave.


I had the pleasure of chatting with the actor about what made this holiday film stand out to him, how these movies bring light and joy to audiences, taking on the role of co-executive producer, doing conventions, One Tree Hill fans, the one thing that gets him in the holiday spirit, and much more!

Watch my interview below for our full discussion: