EXCLUSIVE: Carlos Gomez Talks ‘One Christmas Eve’ and Salma Hayek’s ‘Amazing Perseverance’

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In his new movie One Christmas Eve, Carlos Gomez plays a single dad who experiences a series of mishaps and accidents  during the holidays. The role wasnt a stretch for the Cuban actor, who says the holidays always bring a level of chaos and insanity in real life!

I think people definitely get more stressed out during the holidays, Gomez, 52, tells EXCLUSIVLee.com. Family members who arent around all year come and cause havoc and then leave. Its also the end of the year, so you start thinking about everything youve done {all year} it brings back memories, says Gomez, who has fond memories of Christmas from his childhood.

Christmas for me growing up was warm weather, roasting the pig on Christmas Eve and having very loud family members arguing about somethingI’m Latin! he says.

90Speaking of being Latin, Gomez is one of the hardest working Latino actors in the business, with almost 100 credits in TV and movie roles. Hes worked opposite Kevin Spacey (The Negotiator), Courtney Cox (Friends), Antonio Banderas (Desperado), Ben Kingsley (House of Sand and Fog), and of course as Salma Hayeks ex-boyfriend Chuy in the hit rom-com Fools Rush In. So what role is he recognized for most? Gomez says it depends who you ask!

If its a young hipster kid, he probably watched Desperado. If its a Latina, she probably watched Fools Rush In, a film geek probably House of Sand and Fog and TV addicts Friends of ER, says Gomez, who adds that hes not surprised by the success of his Fools Rush In co-star, Salma Hayek.

I always knew Salma was going to be a huge star. Shes beautiful, extremely driven, and talented. With those qualities it’s hard to fail, says Gomez. It wasnt easy at first. She struggled in L.A., like all of us, but she had amazing perseverance. She would never take no for an answer.

1450742_664662746901227_783998885_n          In One Christmas Eve, which premiered on Nov. 30 and re-airs tonight (6 p.m. on The Hallmark Channel), Gomez plays Cesar, a single dad whos daughter is serving in the Armed Forces in Afghanistan.

Hes a hard worker and hes trying to give his daughter a better life, says Gomez. I liked this character because he has a nice arc in the moviehe starts out messing things up and later has a great surprise.

Gomez says he also loved working with co-star Anne Heche, who plays a recently divorced mom who goes to great lengths to make her kids first Christmas without their dad perfect.

Working with Anne Heche was great. She brought all of her years of experience to the project. She’s so good, he says. She elevated the script we would rehearse the scene and then wed talk about it and a lot of the time she had great suggestions that made the scenes better, says Gomez.

One Christmas Eve airs tonight on The Hallmark Channel.

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Lee Hernandez is a writer, editor and executive producer. Lee has been the Deputy Editor of Latina Magazine; Editor of Latino Voices at the Pulitzer-Prize winning site The Huffington Post and a breaking news contributor to dozens of leading sites and magazines, including the best-in-class celebrity site PEOPLE.com; Cosmopolitan for Latinas magazine, AOL.com, The Wrap, HollywoodLife, Celebuzz, The New York Daily News and Fox News Latino.