The 37-year-old actress stars opposite Jesse Hutch in the final movie of Hallmark’s Christmas in July 2022 programming.
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Here’s a summary of the movie: When Charlie (Lengies), a data analyst at a large toy store chain, learns the company is planning to transition the business exclusively online, she discovers one of their brick-and-mortar stores is outperforming the rest, and is sent to investigate why.
If she can figure out what’s so special about this location, she might be able to save hundreds of jobs and keep the magic of the toy store experience alive. At the location, Charlie meets convivial, yet stubborn, store manager Grant (Hutch), whose secret to success is the welcoming atmosphere he creates, making his store a popular destination for the community.
When she first arrives, Charlie’s analytical approach doesn’t sit well with Grant, who has a chip on his shoulder about corporate’s way of running things. As they bond over their shared goal of keeping the store open, Grant soon discovers Charlie has a secret creative side – designing holiday toys.
With Christmas approaching, Charlie and Grant’s time together reminds them of the simple joys of the business they both love. As their feelings for each other grow, they are reminded that growing up doesn’t mean losing your dreams.
Vanessa, known for roles on Glee and American Dreams, is just kicking off her Hallmark movie career, and this will be her second movie with the network.
Christmas in Toyland will premiere TONIGHT, July 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Hallmark Channel.