The Brady Bunch actor Barry Williams discussed why his new movie, Blending Christmas, has the positivity people need to see. The film, set to premiere Dec. 12 on Lifetime, reunites Williams with his former television siblings, Christopher McKnight, Susan Olsen, and Mike Lookinland. For Williams, accepting this role was an immediate yes.
“It has the kind of message that is sorely needed and much appreciated in these times,” Williams told Fox News. “Christmas has always been special for me personally and also for the Bradys. This will be our third big Christmas movie. And it’s an opportunity for all of us to work together and work together not playing Bradys. So I think that kind of combination was very hard to pass up.”
Additionally, the official description of Blending Christmas reads “a lovely lady named Emma (Haylie Duff) and her beau Liam (Aaron O’Connell) attempt to bring their families together with a Bunch… of unexpected guests.” The film also stars Beth Broderick of Sabrina the Teenage Witch fame as well as Jennifer Elise Cox, Telma Hopkins, and Greg Evigan.
Even though not all of the surviving stars are in the film, Williams said they remain close. The experiences they shared throughout touring, filming, and promoting The Brady Bunch “bonded [them] for life.” The actor revealed that he is always game to appear alongside any member of his television family.
The Brady Bunch Has Year-Long Christmas Spirit
Speaking of his television family, Williams isn’t the only former Brady sibling who felt that the Christmas movie was needed. Christopher McKnight, who played middle child Peter Brady, expressed that the “nostalgic” spirit of The Brady Bunch matches that of the holiday season.
“As I looked at it, and we’re doing a Christmas movie, it dawned on me that Christmas time, Santa Claus, and the feeling is very similar to what the Bradys present… year long,” Knight explained. “There’s this holiday season where everybody is cheerful and nicer to one another. And it makes us feel warm and cozy, and good inside. It’s kind of like what The Brady Bunch provides. So in a way, all these Christmas movies are tapping in to the same thing.”
Both Williams and McKnight credit nostalgia as the key factor keeping The Brady Bunch in the hearts of fans. It may not be the most relevant show, but its stars are proud of the show’s appeal across generations. Because of its “evergreen sensibility,” Williams pointed out that it is” more esteemed than it was at the time,” which he is grateful for. The former Greg Brady is happy to be the subject of fans’ childhood nostalgia.
“Those childhood memories are the deepest,” said Williams. “For all these years, people continue to remember us and the show through all these different phases in life.”