Fitness instructor Amanda Kloots stars in her very first movie, just in time for the holidays.
Kloots, 40, spoke to Fox News Digital about her upcoming holiday movie “Fit for Christmas” and the inspiration behind making a Christmas movie about fitness. The film also stars Stephan Miers and Paul Greene.
“It was July 2020 and my husband had passed away a few weeks earlier, and of course I was having trouble 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, it was about 3am, and I turned on the television and they were playing holiday movies to cheer people up because it was such a high point of the pandemic,” she continued.
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“The Talk” co-host recalled watching a holiday movie and got an idea for her own movie.
“You know, they’ve never made a Christmas movie with a fitness instructor. And why not? People love to keep fit, and it’s such a theme especially during the holidays,” explains Kloots.
The fitness guru shared that she connected “through the power of social media” with the now-writer of “Fit for Christmas,” who was next to her during her pitch to CBS. Kloots is the co-creator, executive director and the star of the upcoming film.
“Fit for Christmas” marks Kloots’ debut in filmmaking.
“I was a little nervous,” Kloots admitted when he stepped into the role.
“There’s a lot in this movie that’s been, you know, influenced by my own life. So that was fun too and really fun to be a part of,” she continued.
Although Kloots was on Broadway for 17 years, she said she was widely regarded as a “dancer” in the theater world, which led her to hire an acting coach before the “Fit for Christmas” team began filming in Vancouver last summer.
“I’m beyond excited,” she said of the upcoming film. “I’m really, really excited for people to see it and also, you know, for people to see me in this new way, this new light.”
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Kloots shared that she “fell in love” with acting, producing and the entire filming process.
Although Kloots has ventured into new business avenues, she still focuses on her first company, Amanda Kloots Fitness. She continues to teach a fitness class every Saturday via Zoom, and the occasional in-person fitness class.
“I taught one in Vancouver while I was filming. Every time I’m back in New York I teach, and I’ll teach another one here in LA to celebrate the premiere of the movie,” she said .
In recent years, Kloots has made several transitions, both in her career and in her private life. In addition to her upcoming movie, Kloots is navigating becoming a single mom after Cordero passed away in 2020. Kloots said she was determined to keep his memory alive for their son, Elvis, 3.
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“Listen, grief is different for everyone. Sometimes it’s not easy for people to hold up pictures and play their music or watch their videos or talk about it,” Kloots said.
She noted that keeping Cordero’s memory alive has made her family stronger.
“I love making him a part of our morning,” said Kloots.
“‘Did I listen to music first thing in the morning?’ That’s because Nick taught me. I make sure Elvis knows that when we go to bed every night, we hug Nick’s pillow, and we talk to Dad and talk about our day.”
Kloots compared the grieving process to an onion, that if you “cut off a new layer or peel a new layer, that opening makes you cry.”
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“You can put that onion back in the fridge, and the next time you need it for a recipe, and you cut off another layer, you’re going to cry,” she explained.
After Elvis’s birth in June 2019, Kloots fell in love with motherhood and decided it would be a dream of hers to write a children’s book.
“I tried to put Nick in front of Elvis in as many situations as I could to create the children’s book,” said Kloots.
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“Tell Me Your Dreams” was 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 on CBS on December 4.