A feel-good holiday film that delivers a sleigh-full of laughs and heart, Dashing Through The Snow is must-see this holiday season. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Madison Skye Validum, who plays Ludacris' daughter Charlotte, to talk all things Christmas.
INTERVIEW: Dashing Through The Snow Madison Skye Validum
Eddie Garrick (Ludacris), a crisis counselor with the Atlanta police department, hates everything that has to do with Christmas aka “the chicken wing of holidays.” As a child he loved Christmas but all that changed after his parents divorced and a man dressed like Santa broke into his home to steal presents. Now a father, Eddie is trying to navigate the holidays with his estranged wife Allison (Teyonah Parris) and their Charlotte (Madison Skye Validum), who loves Christmas. Eddie's job means he is often too busy for Charlotte but luckily he finally has some time off just in time for Christmas Eve. His plans for a quiet, drama-free evening are quickly interrupted by good ol' Saint Nick (Lil Rel Howery), whom Eddie believes is just a delusional man in need of some serious help. But what happens after that leads Eddie, Santa, and Charlotte on a wild romp through the city as they try to avoid the bad guys determined to capture Nick and save Christmas for families all over the world.
Some kids like Christmas but Madison loves it! Working on Dashing Through The Snow meant she got to celebrate her favorite holiday more than just one month out of the year. Talk about a wish come true! From sharing scenes and trying not to laugh with Ludacris and Lil Rel to making her own epic Christmas treat table, Madison shared what it was like being a part of the Dashing Through the Snow cast.
What was your favorite memory on set?
Madison: Probably when I crowd surfed. That was the first time I ever crowd surfed. And when I heard I was able to do that? Oh my gosh! I was so excited. When I got to set I was [saying] when can I crowd surf? When can I crowd surf?
On working with Ludcaris and Lil Rel
Madison: They are so funny, oh my goodness! After takes I would burst out laughing. They were hilarious…I really loved working with them. They are such amazing people.
What is going on your Christmas treat table?
Madison: I would probably have five plates of gingerbread. Sugar cookies, what else? Noodles, broccoli, fish, donuts…I love all those snacks.
If you could take anything home from the set what would it be?
Madison: Probably…definitely the reindeer! The reindeer are so cute in the movie…their little angry faces! I would definitely take one home!
Watch the full interview with Madison Skye Validum
She is a girl after my own heart because I would have 100% picked the reindeer too. Especially these reindeer who are like bodyguards! To hear more from Madison about the film and her favorite Christmas traditions watch the full interview below.
Dashing Through The Snow is streaming now on Disney+ and for a limited time on HULU. It is rated PG for some thematic elements and action with a runtime of 92 minutes.