‘9-1-1’ Star Vanessa Estelle Williams Talks New Christmas Movie

by Madison Miller
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The holiday season is in full swing. This means it’s time to see some of our favorite actors take on roles in the holiday movie genre.

Christmas movies have long been a wholesome tradition during this time of the year. From classics like “Elf,” “A Christmas Story,” and “Home Alone” to some of the newer releases, moviemaking and watching is a huge part of the season.

‘9-1-1’ Star and Lifetime Christmas Movie Role

Vanessa Estelle Williams, who plays Claudette Collins on “9-1-1,” is joining in on the holiday fun.

Williams will be joining the cast of the upcoming Lifetime movie “Welcome to the Christmas Family Reunion.” It will air on November 29.

“It’s a wonderful movie about reclaiming space and who is going to take over when the matriarch of a family passes away,” Williams said during an interview with KTLA5.

The movie will also star Catherine Haena Kim, Michelle Argyris, Asia’h Epperson, and Wendy Raquel Robinson. An event planner is hired to help a rising R&B singer plan her holiday family reunion. The movie will delve into some complicated family relations. All the different family members are trying to host the reunion at their own homes. In addition, romance will spark between the event planner and the singer’s cousin.

“I really love the magic of Christmas, always have,” Williams also said during the interview.

In addition to the Christmas movie and “9-1-1,” Williams has made several other noteworthy appearances in movies and shows. Some of which include “The L Word: Generation Q,” “Candyman,” “Days of Our Lives,” “The Bay,” and “Soul Food.”

On “9-1-1” she stars opposite other TV veterans like Angela Bassett, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Oliver Stark, and Aisha Hinds during season five. Claudette is a veteran operator helping some of the rookies at the L.A. station.

Vanessa Estelle Williams Talks ‘Candyman’

Besides her role as a first responder, the “9-1-1” star will always be known for the 1992 horror movie “Candyman.”

She has had a number of horror roles, including a guest star role in “American Horror Story.”

Despite these roles, Williams shared with CNN that she prefers thrillers over gore-filled horror.

“I tell people, ‘I do horror but I don’t watch that much cause I’m a scaredy cat. I’ll watch it, you know, in the daytime with some friends, but as a child particularly I was haunted by the devil,” Williams said.

She has starred as Anne-Marie McCoy in the original movie as well as the remake released in 2021. The new movie was directed by Nia DaCosta and was written by Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld, and DaCosta.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, Kyle Kaminsky, Virginia Madsen, and Tony Todd all appear in the movie.

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