Ben and Erin Napier make their film debut in “A Christmas Open House”


Fans of HGTV’s “Home Town” will get an extra dose of Ben and Erin Napier this holiday season.

The couple, who turn ramshackle homes into dream homes on their wildly popular TV show, will be flexing their acting muscles in a new holiday flick which premieres exclusively on Discovery+ on November 11.

As first reported by Variety, the carpenter and graphic designer will make cameos in “A Christmas Open House.” Their characters, Henry and Sarah Wright, are described as being “gifted at restoring small-town homes” and they also “enjoy the legacy of a family home.” Sounds perfect for the Napiers, right?

The film follows fictional real estate director Melissa Norwood (played by Katie Stevens) as she works with her former high school crush, David Phelps (Victor Rasuk,) to sell her mother’s house. The story’s protagonist is keen to spend some of her budget on some custom Wright projects.

Much like Ben, his character Henry is a “master carpenter and custom furniture builder”. Erin is also quite similar to her character Sarah, who is described as “an artist with expertise in transformative color and design choices”.

It will be the Napiers’ first holiday movie, and Kathleen Finch, President and Chief Content Officer of US Networks Group at Warner Bros. Discovery told Variety they were a natural fit for the roles.

“As we developed the scripts for all four projects, there were very obvious story details and plot lines that helped determine who would be the best fit for each title,” she explained. “Ben and Erin Napier told us how much they loved Christmas and Christmas movies, and how excited they would be to participate, so we developed an opportunity for them.”

“A Christmas Open House” is one of four Discovery+ holiday movies set to premiere later this year. Last year, the network found success with its movie “Candy Coated Christmas,” which starred Food Network star Ree Drummond. Now they’re back with two Food Network films and two from HGTV (a first for the home and design channel).

HGTV fans can also expect cameos from “Love It or List It’s” Hilary Farr in the upcoming “Designing Christmas” movie. As it turns out, this isn’t the designer’s first foray into the acting world.

“Long before HGTV fans met Hilary Farr, she was an actress, so stars lined up to get her back to something she loves,” Finch said.

The other two films, “Gingerbread” and “Delicious,” will feature cameos from foodies Duff Goldman and Bobby Flay.


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