Looking sleek and sophisticated in a sleeveless fitted ensemble actress Malinda Williams stole the show at the Marry Me For Christmas preview party at Café Circa this week in downtown Atlanta.

The veteran actress plays the lead character in the forthcoming UP network original movie, which also airs on Magic Johnson’s African-American cabler, ASPiRE.

Williams, who also executive produced the film, was accompanied by fellow cast member Brad James who alongside Williams stars in the romantic drama.

Speaking to theGrio at the event, Williams said “It’s a really sweet holiday movie about a young woman who is very career minded and has almost put her family to the backburner and put her career first.”

Although by the end of the film, “It hits home the importance of family. Careers are great but at the end of the day family is always going be there for you and family are the people who teach you most about yourself, that’s one of the themes in this film.”

Marry Me For Christmas, which premieres exclusively on UP on Saturday and its sister channel ASPiRE on Sunday, chronicles the life of Marci Jewel (Malinda Williams), owner and creative director of an up-and-coming New York ad agency.

Driven and successful, Marci has been perfectly content putting marriage and motherhood on hold. But this Christmas after she promises to come home for the holidays for the first time in years, she anticipates pressure from family to settle down.

With this in mind Marci devises the perfect plan. She drags her employee Adam (Brad James) to Atlanta and he poses as her fiancé.

By the end of this feel-good movie Marci learns some surprising life-lessons about love, trust and family, especially when it comes to her new faux fiancé Adam and old flame Blair (Karon Riley).

“It’s a Christmas story and I can’t wait for Christmas stories, the kind of stories where you can have everyone around,” said James, who also stars in Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse.

“This is a made for TV movie, meaning it was made to be viewed in the home and theatrical movies are great and I love doing them but there is something special about doing a movie that’s made for the whole family to watch.”

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