Fitness instructor Amanda Kloots is starring in her first film, just in time for the holiday season.
Kloots, 40, spoke with Fox News Digital about his upcoming holiday film, “Fit for Christmas,” and the inspiration behind creating a Christmas film revolving around fitness. The film also stars Stephen Myers and Paul Green.
“It was July of 2020, and my husband had passed away just a few weeks earlier, and I was having a hard time sleeping in the middle of the night,” Kloots shared of her late husband, Nick Cordero, who died after battling COVID -19.
“I woke up one night, and it was about 3 a.m., and I turned on the television, and they were playing holiday movies to cheer people up at that time because it was the height of the pandemic,” she continued.
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“The Talk” co-host recalled watching a holiday film and getting an idea for his film.
“You know, they’ve never done a Christmas movie with a fitness instructor. And why not? Like, people like to get fit, and especially during the holidays, it’s such a theme,” Kloots explained.
The fitness guru shared that “through the power of social media” she connected with the “Fit for Christmas” author, who accompanied her during her pitch to CBS. Kloots is the co-producer, executive director as well as the star of the upcoming film.
“Fit for Christmas” marks Kloots’ debut in filmmaking.
“I was a little nervous,” Kloots admitted of stepping into the role.
“A lot of this movie is, you know, influenced by my own life. So, that was fun too and really fun to be a part of,” she continued.
Although Kloots had been on Broadway for 17 years, she said she was widely considered a “dancer” in the theater world, which gave her an acting job before the “Fit for Christmas” team began filming in Vancouver last summer. Motivated to hire a coach.
“I’m very excited,” she said of the upcoming film. “I’m really, really excited for people to see it and you know for people to see me in this new way, in this new light.”
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Kloots shared that he “fell in love” with acting, producing, and the whole process of filmmaking.
However, even though Kloots has opened up new business avenues, she remains focused on her first business, Amanda Kloots Fitness. She continues to teach a fitness class every Saturday via Zoom, as well as the occasional in-person fitness class.
“I did a teaching in Vancouver while I was making the movie. I do a teaching whenever I’m back in New York, and I’ll be doing another in Los Angeles to celebrate the premiere of the movie,” she said.
Over the years, Kloots has gone through many changes in both his career and personal life. On top of her upcoming film, Kloots is navigating 2020 being a single mom following Cordero’s passing. Kloots said she was determined to keep his memory alive for the sake of her son, Elvis, 3.
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Kloots said, “Listen, grief is different for everybody. Sometimes it’s not easy for people to have pictures and play their music or watch their videos or talk about it.”
She notes that keeping Cordero’s memory alive has made her family stronger.
“I love having her be a part of our mornings,” Kloots said.
“‘Did I hear music first thing in the morning?’ It’s because Nick taught me this. I make sure Elvis knows that when we go to bed every night, we hug Nick’s pillow, and we talk to Dad and go about our day. I tell.”
Kloots compared the grieving process to an onion, that when you “bite a new layer or peel a new layer open, it makes you cry.”
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“You can put that onion back in the fridge, and then the next time you need it for a recipe, and you cut off another layer, it’s going to make you cry,” she explained.
After Elvis was born in June 2019, Kloots fell in love with motherhood and decided her dream would be to write a children’s book.
Kloots said, “I was just trying to get Nick into as many situations as possible for Elvis, and in doing so I created a children’s book.”
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“Tell Me Your Dreams” is inspired by Kloots’ own bedtime rituals that she and her late husband shared with Elvis. The book is expected to be released in April 2023.
“Fit for Christmas” debuts December 4 on CBS.