While she's relatively new to the Hallmark Channel, you've probably seen Danielle Panabaker in one or several other television shows and movies over the years.
The seasoned star will make her "Countdown to Christmas" debut in Christmas Joy this November, but it's far from her first time acting. The child star turned Hallmark leading lady has been been featured on almost all of the big networks over the course of her career. And to celebrate her first time as part of the channel's record-breaking program, we've rounded up everything you should know about the 31-year-old actress.
This is her first Hallmark movie in four years.
Prior to starring in Christmas Joy opposite Matt Long, Panabaker appeared in (2014), (2013), and (2011).
She’s currently the star of a very popular television series.
You may recognize Panabaker from her role as Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost on CW’s . She’s been on the hit drama, which is based on the popular DC Comics character, since its debut back in 2014.
And you’ll likely recognize her from her previous shows, too.
The former child star made her acting debut in Disney Channel’s Stuck in the Suburbs (2004) and then landed her big breakout role in Disney’s Sky High (2005). Following these early successes, she’s made guest appearances on Grey’s Anatomy, Law and Order, Bones, Mad Men, and starred in HBO's Empire Falls.
Her husband doesn’t hail from Hollywood.
The actress married California attorney Hayes Robbins in June 2017 after dating for several years. The two met through mutual friends and became engaged during a romantic trip to Greece in July 2016. She keeps her love life pretty private, but gave fans a glimpse at her nuptials and wedding dress after the ceremony.
Her youngster sister is famous, too.
Panabaker's look-alike 28-year-old sister, Kay Panabaker, also acted for much of her younger years. Following some screen time on the Disney Channel and WB's show Summerland, she starred in ABC's and played Linsey Willows for several seasons on .
Panabaker is proud of her southern roots.
Prior to moving to Hollywood to pursue acting, the Georgia native also lived in Texas and South Carolina. She told that she tapped into her upbringing for this role. “[This movie] captures that feeling of Southern hospitality," she said. "It’s all about really embracing the holidays and having fun with it.”
“My mom really taught us manners and how important they are," she added. "She raised us to say ‘yes ma’am’ and ‘no ma’am,’ ‘yes sir’ and ‘no sir,’ and that’s something that has stuck with me."
8 Things Every Hallmark Christmas Movie Fan Needs
Snuggle up on the couch with a delicious cup of hot cocoa served in this cute mug.
Send this hilarious card to your favorite movie-watching friend or family member.
Grab a bottle of wine and this adorable wine glass to accompany your evening of binge watching.
This sweet and spicy cardamom cinnamon tea is like drinking a big cup of Christmas.
Sit back and throw your feet up—your family is sure to get the message.
Festive and fun, you can wear this to your holiday parties and get-togethers.
This cozy sweatshirt is sure to keep you warm no matter the weather outside.