Reba McEntire’s Co-Star Talks Working With the Country Icon

by Maggie Schneider
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Hallmark movie star Alicia Witt describes her experience working with Reba McEntire. It is a time to remember.

If you are a fan of Hallmark Christmas movies, you probably know Alicia Witt. The actress and singer stars in 8 Hallmark original films (so far), as well as the 1984 version of “Dune” and 1990’s “Twin Peaks.” Expanding her horizons, the 46-year old now wants to make her directorial debut. In fact, she learns a lot from her time shadowing “Christmas In Tune” with Reba McEntire.

“I’m getting ready to hopefully direct my first movie,” Witt says to Closer Weekly. “This past summer, I shadowed a Christmas movie that Reba McEntire stars in, and that was a good experience. It’s a very strange dynamic because you’re basically a spy following the director.”

The actress goes on to call McEntire inspiring and supportive of her fellow cast members and crew.

“Yes, she is as much of an inspiration as you would think. She is so good to everybody and always makes people feel great even when she’s clearly exhausted. She’s got the best energy about her. I think she is also more gifted as an actor than most people realize.”

“Christmas In Tune” Starring Reba McEntire

McEntire stars in Lifetime’s new holiday original, “Christmas In Tune.” It follows characters Georgia and Joe Winter who are two country stars and exes who performed in a duo together. They find themselves back in each other’s orbits after their daughter brings them together for a Christmas concert. As they begin to rekindle their musical chemistry, they feel a romantic spark again too. It is a feel-good movie produced by the country star, as well as Melissa Joan Hart and Paula Hart.

The new movie, “Christmas In Tune” is showing on Lifetime. It is also available on streaming platforms.

What’s New With Reba?

The Queen of Country has her plate full. Promoting her acting work in “Christmas In Tune” does not even cover her latest work! This week, Reba announces her plans to release a restaurant, bar, and concert venue in Oklahoma. It is perfectly named Reba’s place and is scheduled to open in September 2022. The website describes the “restored antique bar that is more than 100 years old and offers a broad range of beer, wine and spirits crafted into signature cocktails.” The interior design is also influenced by Reba’s time growing up in Oklahoma. McEntire is enthusiastic about her new venture.

“It’s going to have great food, family atmosphere, a bandstand in there where we can do a little pickin’ and grinnin’ and singing, and we’re hoping by the end of next year, around September 2022, around that some time that we’ll be ready for serving you guys. Come up and see us!”