The Christmas spirit on Netflix is strong! We just made the debut of the super cute young adult romance Dash & Lily, and now it's time for a new feature film, Operation Christmas Drop, bursting with holiday joy. The film is inspired by a real humanitarian mission by the US Air Force where military planes drop goods for those in need.
Kat Graham directs the film as Erica, a congressional assistant tasked with evaluating a Guam air force base to determine whether or not it is a candidate for closure during the vacation. It turns out that their guide for this visit is the base person with the most Christmas cheer, Alexander Ludwig's Air Force Captain Andrew. Now it's up to Andrew and his team to prove to Erica that her annual Christmas drop is a precious resource and a worthwhile tradition.
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With Operation Christmas Drop, now on Netflix, I had the chance to speak to Graham about her experiences shooting the film, including the chance to work with Bruce Best, the Outer Island liaison who has been the real Christmas for decades Drop contributes and what it was like to do a movie in Guam. Graham also took a moment to explain her recent comments about changing the look of a role, specifically where the pressure is coming from:
"I think it's about having conversations, having honest conversations, being honest with yourself and who you are. Many of us, especially if you are an actress or are in the entertainment industry, almost have this disease to satisfy, because there's so much rejection in Hollywood. When you finally get that role or can be part of a project, you just don't want to puff your feathers, especially when you're the only one of your kind – the only black person or the Asian person or the If you are a LGBTQIA character, sometimes you really want to queue up, and I think there is a way to be respectful but also to challenge something stylistically (and) visually this could in some ways increase awareness or awareness of people. "
Graham went on to consider how her personal journey brought her to a place where she is "more comfortable having awkward conversations" to encourage change:
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“As I know from this interview, I grew up differently. I'm just a little different and I think I spent a lot of time hiding or wearing what other people thought I should wear or do my hair the way I thought other people should wear it, and i finally got to this point of self-love and that has to translate. And I think there are times when characters demand straight or curly hair or an afro, or I want to have my hair in curls or whatever it is, but these have to be honest conversations about why leaders or writers make certain decisions for characters and I now feel more comfortable having awkward conversations because they have to be, because we want to talk about love, we want to talk about acceptance, and we want to talk about diplomacy and we want to talk about all of these things, unfortunately there is not enough variety in Hollywood. And if you are able to present different types of people on screen, it means how people interact with each other in the real world, and I think that's really what it's about. It's about how we treat each other and there is no more discrimination and no more racism and everyone really accepts each other for who they are, but we have to come as we are first. "
You can watch our full conversation in the video player at the top of this article. Operation Christmas Drop is now available on Netflix!
- What Drew Graham to Christmas Movies?
- Graham highlights the person in the film who is involved in the real Operation Christmas Drop.
- Graham notes that this film was actually the first to be shot in Guam.
- What is it like to film on an active air force base?
- Graham repeats the flying experience she had while making the film. A particularly authentic moment on set.
- Graham addresses her recent comments on changing your appearance for a project. how it strives to induce change in this regard.