It can’t be easy wearing the crown as the unofficial “Queen of Hallmark,” but somebody’s gotta do it. And that somebody for the past 12 years has been Candace Cameron Bure. She earned the title after shooting dozens of Christmas movies for the network.
With that being said, though, her newest Hallmark Christmas movie, The Christmas Contest, might be the end of her throne. That’s right. She’s pulling a Shaq and denouncing that celebrity status. Well, to some degree. So without further ado, here’s the story of how Candace Cameron Bure decided to take a different approach to her projects last year and how she learned to “let the pressure go.”
Candace Cameron Bure On the ‘Real Reason’ She Makes Christmas Movies
“I did feel an immense amount of pressure [last year] as every movie does well in the ratings,” the 45-year-old actress told Us Weekly as she made her rounds during a promotional tour for The Christmas Contest. She also detailed how she found herself stuck in the evil cycle of constant comparison. And we’ve all been there, right?
“And then you always want to hit that mark and exceed that mark,” she foretold in her interview. But, eventually, it all got to be too much. “[So,] last year, I finally let it go because it’s not the reason why I make these movies.”
The real reason she makes Hallmark Christmas movies, Candace Cameron Bure reveals, is this:
“I make them because I love them. And I know that the viewers that watch them really love them, and they mean something to them. I always try to make it the best that I can, but I let the pressure go last year.”
And that’s the difference with The Christmas Contest this year.
“It made making this one that much better because I just enjoyed it,” she continued. “And, you know, I’m trying not to think about all the other markers. Let it be what it is and enjoy it.”
It’s Never Too Early For Christmas
In the same interview, Candace Cameron praised her past “Fuller House” co-star, John Brotherton, and explains how she got him to join the Hallmark project with some of her Executive Producer power. She says it boiled down to chemistry, which they’ve got tons of. At the end of the interview, the two also compared their decorating skills.
“Queen” or not, Candace Cameron Bure takes the holidays seriously.
“If I’m going put them up and do the work, I want to enjoy [the decorations] as long as possible,” she said. “[That] doesn’t mean I’m blowing over Thanksgiving. That doesn’t mean I don’t recognize Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving actually, it’s my favorite. I just like the Christmas decorations to be [there] all the time.”