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A Wishful Christmas

TFK chats with Drake Bell and Daniella Monet, stars of Nickelodeon’s A Fairly Odd Christmas

November 29, 2012
ED ARAQUEL/NICKELODEON

Actress Daniella Monet and actor Drake Bell star as "Tootie" and "Timmy Turner" alongside CG-animated "Wanda," "Cosmo" and "Poof," in Nickelodeon's new live-action TV movie, A Fairly Odd Christmas.

Timmy Turner is back! Last year, the loveable Fairly OddParents character went from animated to live action in Nickelodeon’s TV movie, Grow Up, Timmy Turner! Former Drake & Josh star Drake Bell took on the live-action role of 23-year-old Timmy, who doesn’t want to grow up or fall in love because it means he would have to give up his wish-granting fairy godparents. This holiday season, Bell returns as Timmy in a new live-action TV movie, A Fairly Odd Christmas, premiering November 29 at 7pm Eastern Time/Pacific Time. Now that Timmy can keep his fairy godparents by making only charitable wishes, he’s happy to travel the world granting kids’ wishes with his childhood friend Tootie, played by Victorious star Daniella Monet. But when his good intentions get him in trouble in the North Pole, Timmy has to find a way to restore children’s faith in Santa Claus before Christmas is ruined forever.

Recently, TFK chatted with Bell and Monet about the movie and celebrating the holidays. Read the Q&As below:

 

Q&A: Drake Bell

Drake Bell films a scene for A Fairly Odd Christmas.

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Drake Bell films a scene for A Fairly Odd Christmas.

TFK:

Now that Timmy can grant other people’s wishes, what is he up to in this movie?

BELL:

Well, now that he’s able to grant wishes, he’s been going around and doing just that. But unfortunately, Timmy doesn’t really know the difference between what someone should wish for and what someone shouldn’t wish for, so he just grants everyone’s wishes and ends up getting Santa a little upset because that’s Santa’s job. So he has to go to the North Pole and talk to Santa. One thing leads to another, and Timmy wishes for something at the North Pole, and Santa gets hurt, so Timmy ends up having to take over for Santa and go save Christmas.

TFK:

What was it like on the festive movie set?

BELL:

It was awesome. I love Christmas; it’s my favorite holiday. I love that time of year. So being able to be out there in the snow [while filming in Vancouver, Canada] and all the decorations of the set and all the costumes was just really cool.

TFK:

You recorded a song, “Wishful Thinking,” with your co-star, Daniella Monet, for the movie. How was that experience?

BELL:

It was awesome. We did one for the first movie too. I’m big into music, so I always love doing stuff like that. It’s fun [recording] with Daniella because [professional singing is] really not her territory, but it’s fun to get her in there and see what she can do. She kills it every time, so it was a lot of fun.

TFK:

You’re also featured on the new Merry NickMas CD, singing “Jingle Bells.” What’s your favorite Christmas song to perform?

BELL:

I really like this one song that we wrote for the Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh movie. It’s called “Christmas Promise.” We do that one live.

TFK:

Do you listen to a lot of Christmas music around the holidays?

BELL:

Oh yeah. The day after Thanksgiving, all I play is Christmas music. I love it.

TFK:

As a kid, what was the best gift you ever received?

BELL:

When I was eight years old, I got my first dog, and that was pretty awesome.

TFK:

Timmy Turner has been around in cartoon and now live-action form for over 10 years. What do you think is so appealing about him for kids?

BELL:

I think the whole show in generally is really appealing because, the way it’s written, it’s a really smart show. So kids can get into it and also their parents. I still watch the show. I just think that it’s cool to see a kid get everything he wants but also [learn] that is not always the greatest thing to have because you find out what happens if you get too much.

TFK:

Like Timmy Turner, you’ve grown up in the Nickelodeon family. What else is coming up for you?

BELL:

I’m working on my music. I also voice Spider-man in the [Ultimate Spider-Man] cartoon, and I’m just doing a bunch of stuff. Mostly, I’m just working on this new record right now. [It will be out], hopefully, no later than summer of next year.

 

Q&A: Daniella Monet

TFK:

You co-star with Drake Bell in A Fairly Odd Christmas. What is Tootie up to in the movie?

MONET:

Tootie is just the loveable Tootie that she was in the first movie. She and Timmy create that business, Wishful Thinking, and create all these great wishes for people. She ends up realizing that they are getting a little ahead of themselves with the wish-granting, and she tries to sort of reel it in, but Timmy’s already on his way and loves granting wishes. She tries to keep it all together, and she’s just that loveable, grounded, good-natured girl, and I love that about her.

Timmy and Tootie meet elves at the North Pole in a scene from A Fairly Odd Christmas

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Timmy and Tootie meet elves at the North Pole in a scene from A Fairly Odd Christmas.

TFK:

Was this your first Christmas movie? What was it like on the festive set?

MONET:

I loved it, I loved every moment of it. It was my first real Christmas movie, and to make it for Nickelodeon and a Fairly OddParents movie, it was so much fun. The environment [while filming in Vancouver, Canada] was beautiful, and we were up in the snow a good portion of the time. Even thought it was super cold, I knew that in the end it would be so beautiful.

TFK:

If you had fairy godparents, what do you think your first wish would be?

MONET:

I would love a shopping spree to my favorite market. Just being able to get as much food as I possibly want and feed everyone.

TFK:

Does your family have any special traditions over the holiday season?

MONET:

We do a big Christmas Eve dinner at my Grandma’s house and open one present. And Christmas morning is always fun—I love Christmas morning. I love waking up early and making a hot drink and just staying in my PJs for as long as possible and cooking all day. It’s always fun.

TFK:

Do you remember the best gift you received as a kid?

MONET:

I got a scooter one year, and I love my scooter. I love anything I could play outside with, so my first bike was a Christmas gift, and it was the biggest thing that ever happened to me.

TFK:

Your show Victorious will be coming to an end soon. What can fans expect from your character Trina before the series finale?

MONET:

Trina is probably just going to stay her crazy self. I mean, she’s just nuts, and I love her for that. I love playing Trina. I think she’s one of my favorite characters that I have ever gotten to play, and I think she’ll just sort of ride that out through the rest of the season.

TFK:

How was the experience of filming the final episode, and how does it feel to be moving on from the show?

MONET:

It was fun. Every episode was a great time. I genuinely love every single one of the people that I met through that show. We still keep in touch and always will, I think. We just treated our last episode like it was any other episode, and it felt good that way. I just think that now that it’s over, it’s all about moving forward and making sure that we keep in touch. I love Nickelodeon, and I hope to work with them for as long as possible. It’s going to be a fun ride from here on out, and Victorious was a really great start.

TFK:

Why should readers tune in to A Fairly Odd Christmas?

MONET:

It’s a really cute, sweet, funny, wholesome, cheery holiday movie. For me, growing up I loved the holidays, but more importantly, I loved watching Christmas movies. To this day, I will spend hours at a time with the Hallmark Channel on, watching cutesy Christmas movies all day. I think that this one is one for the whole family. It’s an adventure, and it has a great ending. I’m very excited about it.

A Fairly Odd Christmas premieres November 29 at 7pm Eastern Time/Pacific Time on Nickelodeon. It will reair on December 2 at 8:00 p.m., December 7 at 8:00 p.m. and other times during the holiday season.


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