Fitness instructor Amanda Kloots stars in her very first movie, just in time for the holiday season.
Kloots, 40, spoke to Fox News Digital about her upcoming holiday movie, “Fit for Christmas,” and the inspiration behind creating a fitness-focused Christmas movie. The film also stars Stephan Miers and Paul Greene.
“It was July 2020, and my husband had passed away a few weeks before, and I had trouble sleeping in the middle of the night, of course,” Kloots said of her late husband, Nick Cordero, who died after having fought COVID-19[FEMININE[FEMININE
“I woke up one night, and it was about 3 a.m., and I turned on the TV, and they were showing holiday movies to cheer people up at the time because it was at the height of my life. of the pandemic,” she continued.
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The “The Talk” co-host recalled watching a holiday movie and having an idea for her own film.
“You know, they’ve never done a Christmas movie with a fitness instructor. And why not? Like, people like to stay in shape, and especially during the holidays, that’s such a theme,” Kloots explained. .
The fitness guru shared that “through the power of social media” she was connected to the now ‘Fit for Christmas’ writer, who was by her side as she presented to CBS. Kloots is the co-creator, executive director as well as the star of the upcoming film.
“Fit for Christmas” marks Kloots’ film debut.
“I was a little nervous,” Kloots admitted upon stepping into the role.
“There’s a lot of stuff in this movie that’s, you know, influenced by my own life. So it was also fun and really fun to be a part of that,” she continued.
Although Kloots had been on Broadway for 17 years, she said she was widely regarded as a ‘dancer’ in the theater world, which prompted her to hire an acting coach before the ‘Fit’ team. for Christmas” started filming last summer in Vancouver.
“I’m beyond excited,” she said of the upcoming film. “I’m really, really excited for people to see it and also, you know, for people to see me in this new way, in this new light.”
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Kloots shared that she “fell in love” with the acting, the production, and the entire directing process.
However, even though Kloots has ventured into new business avenues, her focus is still on her first business, Amanda Kloots Fitness. She continues to teach a fitness class via Zoom every Saturday, as well as occasional in-person fitness classes.
“I taught one in Vancouver while I was filming. Every time I come back to New York, I teach and will teach another one here in LA to celebrate the premiere of the movie,” she said. .
Over the past few years, Kloots has gone through several transitions, both in his career and in his personal life. Along with her next movie, Kloots navigated becoming a single mom after Cordero passed away in 2020. Kloots said she’s determined to keep her memory alive for their son, 3-year-old Elvis.
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“Listen, grief is different for everyone. Sometimes it’s not easy for people to keep photos and play their music or watch their videos or talk about it,” Kloots said.
She noted that her family has grown stronger by keeping Cordero’s memory alive.
“I love bringing him into our morning,” Kloots said.
“‘Did I listen to music in the morning?’ It’s because Nick taught me that. I make sure Elvis knows that when we go to bed every night, we hug Nick’s pillow, and we talk to dad and tell about our day.
Kloots compared the grieving process to an onion, that when you “cut a new layer or peel a new layer, that opening makes you cry.”
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“You can put that onion back in the fridge, and the next time you need it for a recipe, and you cut another layer of it, it will make you cry,” she explained.
After Elvis was born in June 2019, Kloots fell in love with motherhood and decided one of her dreams would be to write a children’s book.
“I was just trying to get Nick into as many situations as possible for Elvis, and in doing so, I created the children’s book,” Kloots said.
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“Tell Me Your Dreams” is inspired by Kloots’ own bedtime rituals that she and her late husband shared with Elvis. The book is due out in April 2023.
“Fit for Christmas” debuts on CBS on December 4.