Published on October 29th, 2020 | by Gaby Colageo0
Talking My Dad’s Christmas Date With Actress Hadar Cats
Recently I spoke with Hadar Cats about her new movie and career.
How did you start out acting?
I’ve always wanted to be an actress. I was always part of every school production possible, which is what got me started. It wasn’t until I did my GCSE exam at school (it’s a UK exam you take), where my mother began to understand that acting wasn’t just a hobby but a passion that I was determined to pursue.
Was there something about My Dad’s Christmas Date that made you gravitate toward it?
I was struck by the character of Emma and her quirky, bubbly personality. I saw a lot in common between myself and the character. It was a role I felt I could embody wholly. I also found solace with the family element of the film and the story arc’s pursuit of redemption. That’s something that appealed to me a lot!
How were you able to connect to your character Emma for the film?
Emma’s got a very strong personality. She is an outgoing, positive person, and that’s an attitude I try and cultivate in myself. I felt there was a personal connection and nexus point that was a real joy to explore during the making of the film.
Without giving too much away, do you have a favorite scene in the film?
I enjoyed every scene, yet probably my favourite was the incense scene. I remember spending the entire time between takes (and during actually) laughing with Olivia-Mai Barrett (who plays the character of Jules). We had such a good time! It’s a special scene for me because it was the last scene filmed before the Christmas break.
If you could describe Emma in 5 words, what words would you choose?
I would call her extroverted, loyal, fun-loving, positive and, I know this isn’t one word, but more-to-her-than-meets-the-eye!
So My Dad’s Christmas Date is set during the holiday season, what makes the holidays special to you?
Christmas has always been an important time for me. I have very fond memories of watching Christmas films with my family like Love Actually, and I think I tapped into some of that festive atmosphere when playing Emma.
When not on set what are some of your favorite things to do?
When I’m not on set, I enjoy horse riding and actually compete competitively. I’ve done since I was three years old. I enjoy reading, travelling, listening to music (Ariana Grande for sure) and spending time with my pets (3 dogs, 1 cat).
Are there any other projects you are working on currently that you are excited about?
There are many exciting things in the works, but mum’s the word for now!