Eddie Murphy and Tracee Ellis Ross on Working Together For the First Time in 'Candy Cane Lane': ‘We Had a Ball’

The actress and comedian also praised their star-studded cast and discussed representation in their holiday comedy.

Everyone has their favorite Christmas movies of all time, but Prime Video’s “Candy Cane Lane” wants to be the newest addition to your list. The jolly film stars Eddie Murphy and Tracee Ellis Ross in a tale about a family’s mission to win their neighborhood’s annual home decoration contest. But to better their chances, a mischievous elf casts a spell that magically brings the “12 Days of Christmas” to life before wreaking havoc on their whole town.

Robin Thede, Chris Redd, David Alan Grier, DC Young Fly, Thaddeus J. Mixson, Genneya Walton, and Danielle Pinnock also star in the film that reunites Murphy with his “Boomerang” director, Reginald Hudlin.

Ross and Murphy spoke to about their new holiday comedy before its release. They also discussed working together for the first time and the wealth of talented Black actors who star in “Candy Cane Lane.” I think I speak for many people when I say seeing you two as the movie’s leads, we were all already sold. How does it feel to have a fandom that strong that people support you in anything you do onscreen?

Ross: Oh, I— thank you for saying that, that's lovely. I don't know. It was really exciting to have the opportunity to be at a place in my career where I get to work with Eddie Murphy. It's just so exciting and charming and fun. We had a ball. Tell me, what was it like on set working together?

Ross: Like this [laughs]. Just like this.

Murphy: Only with a hundred people standing around you. You two have been in the acting business for decades. Are you surprised it took this long to get cast in the same project?

Ross: He's been in it longer than me. He's got me beat by a couple of years. 

Murphy: I've been in longer, but you've been around it longer.

Ross: Okay. You're right. We'll take that. The representation aspect of the movie; so many Black actors star in it. Does that make it more meaningful to be a part of a holiday film like “Candy Cane Lane”?

Ross: Well, especially with a Black Santa. Yes.

Murphy: And a Black director and Black producers. Yeah, all that stuff is cool.

Ross: It's really important to me. First of all, the cast is filled with really [gifted actors], which shows you the wealth of talent that exists in our community right now and always — Robin Thede, Chris Redd, David Alan Grier, DC Young Fly.

Murphy: What's really cool about it is to have that and for the movie to not be about that. It's not about being a Black this or Black that. It's just about people and having family and all this stuff. That's what's really cool. What will people enjoy most about “Candy Cane Lane”?

Murphy: That it’s a Christmas movie that you could watch with the whole family, but it has a lot of funny stuff in it, too.

Ross: And a good story.

Murphy: And it's got special effects, it's got a bunch of things. You know, every Christmas, people watch the same Christmas movies that they like, and I think this movie is going to be one of those.

“Candy Cane Lane” hits Prime Video on Dec. 1.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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