When two unbelievably beautiful people share a screen together, it’s hard to imagine that they would be down to earth and genuine. But in speaking to Juliane Hough and Josh Duhamel, all I could think was, wow, I could be friends with these guys. You may remember that back in January, I interviewed Nicholas Sparks about the upcoming Safe Haven, his 8th novel that has been turned into a movie. Juliane and Josh play the lead characters, Katie and Alex, who both have to overcome some fears and obstacles in order to fall in love.
I’m not usually the sappy kind. I like romantic movies that make me believe in all the moments that lead up to “the big picture” and in Safe Haven, director Lasse Hallstom, made sure to keep those moments in because according to his stars, he felt the same way. Says Duhamel, “I think that what makes the story interesting about these two is that it’s a bunch of little moments, it’s not a lot of big forced romantic gestures. Its little things that collectively, by the end of the movie, you’re rooting for these two.”
“This movie is about second chances and love and finding people and things like the family[…],” says Hough, “so, I think in life, to be able to find that and know that it doesn’t always have to happen the first time, but that there is a second chance out there, I think that’s great. So, that’s what this movie’s all about.”
Hough who has made a quick rise from Dancing with the Stars, to movie musicals like Footloose and Rock of Ages, makes her first non-musical debut while also launching her own line of shoes in a partnership with Sole Society. None of it has gone to her head though, and she treasures each moment, especially during the filming of Safe Haven. She says, “I feel like I’m really lucky because even when I was shooting this movie, we were in such an amazing place. I’ve never felt so close to the people that I’ve worked with[…] Josh and I are super close.”
“I was lucky that while I was even shooting, I still got to enjoy it,” and she continues, “This is another quote, “Why take a rocket ship to the moon if you don’t look out the window”. It’s like why do all of this if you’re not fully enjoying yourself?”
For Duhamel, at first, his character wasn’t who he wanted. He originally wanted to play the “bad guy” Kevin Tierney (played by David Lyons) but then he discovered ways to bring his character to life. “This for me was an exercise in trusting,” he says, “more than anything, it was an exercise in finding the complexities of a guy that could easily become a boring suburban dad.”
Duhamel a boring, suburban dad? Um… yea, no. Hough said of Duhamel, “He’s such a goof. My term for him is like a sexy goofball because he’s literally one of the hottest guys ever.” Indeed.
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