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Lisa-Michelle Cornelius Insight on Her Character, Vicky Marshall in OWN's 'A Sisterly Christmas'

Photo credit Dwayne Morgan

In YV Media's interview with Lisa-Michelle Cornelius find out what she loves about her character in 'A Sisterly Christmas' and what she shares about her favorite family holiday tradition.


What attracted you to this project?

I feel like A Sisterly Christmas has it all... drama, comedy and that touch of sentimentality that makes all Christmas movies special. I love that each of the sisters gets into a little romance (one spicy, one sweet lol), while simultaneously exploring the ups and downs of family relationships during the holidays. It's quite the adventure, with lots of laughs and a few tears along the way! (Aka real life!)

A Sisterly Christmas is a unique story that centers around two bickering sisters with the backdrop of the Christmas season. Do you have sisters? How did you navigate those sisterly disagreements?

I have three older sisters and two older brothers... a big family, so yeahhhhh there's been a few disagreements, lol. But honestly, I've lucked out being the baby of the family! My siblings protect and look out for me more than they ever argued with me. Could be because I was so cute. Or maybe I was a tattletale, and they didn't want to get in trouble, who can say, lol!

What trait of your character do you embrace the most?

I love my character, Vicky Marshall's flamboyance, lol. She's a little "extra" and I loved that about her. She's indulgent, joy-seeking and a little sarcastic... what's not to love!?

What is something that your character does that you would not adopt in your own life?

While Vicky loves the joyful bits about the holidays (gift-giving, get-togethers, etc.), she also uses all that FanFair and enthusiasm to cover up her heartache and longing for "the good ol' days" with her sister Kristina (played by Deborah Joy Winans) and missing their mom. I hope in my own life I could be a little more self-aware if I find myself hiding behind things to avoid dealing with problems head-on.

What aspect of the holiday season do you enjoy the most?

As mentioned, I have a big family and I've always been grateful for that. My favorite holiday memories always include having lots of loved ones around, great music, laughter, food and conversations. Most of the fam has the pleasure of having a little time off school and work at Christmastime to be together, and we always make the most of it when we can.

What is your favorite holiday movie?

I love Home Alone, maybe because my 6-year-old daughter gets such a kick out of it, and I love to hear her laugh! But I also love those stop-motion versions of "Frosty the Snowman" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer". Don't think I'll ever outgrow them.

What is your favorite family holiday tradition?

Boney M's Christmas Album on the stereo while decorating the tree AND blasting all day long on Christmas Day too. On Repeat. And no one gets tired of it, lol.

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Photo credit Dwayne Morgan

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