Jill Wagner stars as Lisa Palmer.
Wagner's bio for Hallmark reads, in part: "Wagner spent seven seasons on ABC’s hit reality series, Wipeout, where she regularly interviewed and encouraged contestants competing on the world’s largest obstacle course.
"On the acting front, Wagner recently appeared in the breakout independent film Braven, where she starred opposite Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Aquaman) She also starred in MTV’s hit series, Teen Wolf, where she played Kate Argent, one of the main antagonists of the show’s first and fourth seasons. After her success on the series, she was asked to host the aftershow titled, Wolf Watch.
"Born in Winston-Salem, NC, Wagner and her brother were raised by their grandmother and father, a former U.S. Marine and local tire shop owner. She attended North Carolina State University, where she graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Business. Family is very important to Wagner and she regularly chooses family-themed projects based upon her grandmother’s recommendations. When not filming or pursuing new career aspirations, she regularly travels home to North Carolina, where her grandmother continues to be a driving force in her life.
"Because of her family ethic Wagner has done such films as Hallmark Channel’s “Autumn Dreams” as well as the highly rated “Christmas Cookies,” “A Harvest Wedding,” “Karen Kingsbury’s Maggie’s Christmas Miracle” and “Pearl in Paradise.” Actively involved in giving back, Wagner has paid homage to her father and other military veterans by traveling overseas to such places as Afghanistan to support our troops. In addition, her charitable involvement as a spokesperson for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as her own “Jill’s Closet for A Cure” campaign has raised tens of thousands of dollars to help find a cure for a disease that has touched the lives of so many, including her own family.
"Fans still recognize Wagner from her time as the spokesperson for Lincoln Mercury, where her popular television commercials were an effective campaign tool for the brand, as well as giving her widespread recognition within American households. Wagner first made her mark in Hollywood when she was cast as the first female, regular sketch performer on MTV’s hit series “Punk’d” opposite Ashton Kutcher. Some of her memorable appearances included the “punking” of such celebrities as Katie Holmes, Usher and Tommy Lee.
"On the big screen, Wagner made a sensational horror debut starring in the award-winning feature, Splinter, opposite Shea Whigham (“Boardwalk Empire”). The film is a disturbing yetmasterfully crafted horror feature where Jill showcased her ability to carry top billing in a feature film and earned her a cult following. As an actively involved woman who’s dedicated herself to a regular fitness regime, Wagner often says, “There’s nothing better than cranking some classic rock in my headphones and hiking up a mountain.” But whether she’s climbing a mountain or taking on new challenges as one of Hollywood’s most dynamic and versatile artists, this All-American Girl’s message remains the same: “It’s the view from the top that makes it all worthwhile."
'Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa Recap' and What's Coming Up Next for Hallmark:
The synopsis reads: "When Lisa (Wagner) takes a last-minute Christmas trip to her hometown of Evergreen, she finds that the historic general store has been closed. Using her skills as a professional retail designer, Lisa decides to keep local tradition alive and help the good people of Evergreen bring the store back to life. As Lisa charms a local contractor named Kevin (Deklin) into working with her, the pair find themselves facing one surprise after another as they restore the store to its former glory. When the staff at the Kringle Kitchen temporarily accept the store’s beloved ‘Mailbox to Santa’ for safekeeping, the townspeople find and rally around a mysterious 25-year-old letter that never made it to the North Pole. As old traditions are made new again, Lisa finds herself falling for Kevin, the traditions, and the town of Evergreen."
Here's what's coming up on Hallmark's original Christmas movies: Nov. 21 brings Christmas at Grand Valley. Nov. 22 brings Christmas at the Palace. Nov. 23 brings Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe. Nov. 24 brings Christmas Everlasting (Hallmark Hall of Fame.) Nov. 25 brings A Shoe Addict's Christmas.
Then for December we have a lot more original, new movies. On Dec. 1 we have Mingle All the Way, then Dec. 2 brings A Majestic Christmas, Dec. 8 is Homegrown Christmas, Dec. 9 is Welcome to Christmas, Dec. 15 is Entertaining Christmas, Dec. 16 is A Gingerbread Romance, Dec. 22 is Jingle Around the Clock, Dec. 23 is Christmas Made to Order, Dec. 25 is When Calls the Heart Christmas, and Dec. 29 is A Midnight Kiss.