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“I had a lot of fun doing this just because Christmas is my favorite holiday and being part of this franchise is amazing,” Gabriel gushed to J-14 exclusively. “The fact that this world is continuing is just like, wow, I grew up on it. So, now to be part of it and the fact that it’s going to live on through Disney, because with Disney, nothing ever really dies. And so it’s nice to know that I’m part of something that’s going to be around for a very long time.”
ICYMI, Gabriel joined the cast of The Santa Clauses in season 2 as a series regular, playing Kris Kringle, the proud owner and operator of the Santaland Christmas theme park.
“I’m a mall Santa at best,” Gabriel said of his character. “The name I think is kind of cute, the fact that I’m Kris Kringle Moreno. I love it. Yeah, a low-budget Santa, but my Christmas pictures are going to be epic.”
As for what it was like to work with Tim Allen — who has been playing the role of Scott Calvin/Santa Clause for nearly 30 years — Gabriel explained they had a lot to talk about!
“It was so funny because anytime we’d have a break, [Tim and I] would just talk shop. We would talk comedy and all the people that we know and similar situations that we’ve been in over the years,” he said of their relationship. “So I just thought that was really awesome. And he’s a huge car guy and I’m a huge car guy. And so we got into conversations about cars, comedy and just random people that we know.”
Gabriel wasn’t the only new castmember of the second season, either — as iconic comedians like Tracy Morgan and Eric Stonestreet also made their Santa Clauses debut, with the actors playing the Easter Bunny and Mad Santa, respectively.
The Santa Clauses season 2 finale premieres on Wednesday, December 6, on Disney+.
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