In the Hallmark Channel movie With Love, Christmas, advertising executives Melanie Welsh (Emilie Ullerup) and Donovan Goodwin are assigned to work together on a Christmas commercial for a phone company. And unbeknownst to them both, they are each other’s Secret Santa in the office gift exchange. After getting to know each other, they loosen up and fall in love.
Handsome Donovan is portrayed by Aaron O’Connell. O’Connell is known for his role as Wyatt Cryer on Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots. While studying at Purdue University, Aaron was discovered and signed by Ford Models in Chicago. As a professional model he moved to New York and appeared in several print ads in Vogue, Vanity Fair, and GQ. Perry first saw O’Connell in a racy TV ad for Liquid Plumber (see below). He appears in a woman’s dream, knocks on her door and says, “I’m here to snake your drain.” Another fun fact about O’Connell: His father Mark Alan O’Connell was drafted in 1981 by the Cincinnati Bengals after playing quarterback at Ball State. Sorry, ladies. O’Connell is taken. He’s in a relationship with gorgeous model Natalie Pack (see photo below). With Love, Christmas premieres on Hallmark on Wednesday, November 22 at 8pm.