Singer Ricky Martin has told RTÉ Entertainment he has been "dealing with emotions I didn't even know they existed" during the Covid-19 pandemic, and that he hopes his festive Netflix film Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey helps people to escape "all this uncertainty and fear".
The heartwarming family adventure tells the story of a genius toymaker (Forest Whitaker) getting his mojo back, with Martin bringing plenty of laughs as string-pulling puppet Don Juan Diego.
When asked by RTÉ Entertainment if he had reflected on how the message of the film has taken on greater significance during the pandemic, Martin replied: "I'm dealing with emotions I didn't even know they existed.
"I take my time every morning before my 40 kids wake up [laughs] and I just focus on the silence. I need to get to God before my thoughts get to me. So that space is very important in order for me to be strong.
"My kids wake up every morning looking at me, making sure - they just see how I'm feeling to see how they will attack the day. For me, spirituality has been very important in this process, and then to be able to talk to my kids about this is very important.
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"So the timing of this movie is just brilliant. It makes me feel good. I am acting, but at the same time we are throwing out there a very important message; a message of opportunities, a message of love, of second chances. It's something that more productions need to create, especially now when we're dealing with all this uncertainty and fear."
"It's a very special story," he concluded. "For the next 30 years we're going to be able to come back to Jingle Jangle and enjoy a very special story. Even though it was based in the late 1800s, it's so relevant.
"At the end of the day, we talk about magic. We talk about so many beautiful things - beautiful messages that need to be talked about, especially with what we're going through. It's an honour to be part of such a beautiful project."
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is streaming now on Netflix.