Qualicum Beach twins debut in Hallmark Christmas movie

Baylee Woodruff (bottom left) made her movie debut with twin sister Charlee in The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls on the Hallmark Channel Dec. 18. || Photo courtesy of Erica Horsfield Woodruff.
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Two of Qualicum Beach’s youngest actors will soon make their movie debut.

Twins Baylee and Charlee Woodruff play Billie in The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls. They were 10-months-old when the movie was shot in Victoria this past September, according to their mom, Erica Horsfield Woodruff. 

The movie revolves around two households competing to decorate the best Christmas house. Woodruff said it is the first Hallmark Channel movie to feature a gay couple as the lead actors — Jonathan Bennett and Brad Harder star as Billie’s adoptive parents.

Woodruff said the twins enjoyed the attention of being on set and meeting new people.

“With COVID, we don’t to go out and see that many people, so they loved the interaction, seeing everybody,” she said.

The twins spent six days on set over about a month of filming for the movie.

“They were good at compacting those [scenes] so the babies don’t have to come on set extra,” she added.

Woodruff said she heard about the opportunity when a friend sent her a social media post about the movie looking for twins between six and nine-months-old. She reached out to a Nanaimo-based casting director and submitted photos of the twins.

The twins also were cast in a Lifetime movie set to debut in 2022, according to Woodruff, who grew up in Qualicum Beach and moved back with her family about four years ago.

The film was shot in locations around Victoria, including Heritage Acres Farm and a residential area close to Victoria General Hospital.  

It was written by Robert Buckley, who has appeared on Chesapeake Shores — filmed in Qualicum Beach. Treat Williams, also recognizable from Chesapeake Shores, plays Billie’s grandfather.

The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls premieres Dec. 18 on the Hallmark Channel.

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