It’s not every day that I whisk myself off to the Beverly Hills Four Seasons to lounge in the pool, followed by interviewing some movie stars, but every once in a while Breezy Mama takes one for the team (ahem). As you can imagine, getting to meet the quite handsome James Marsden, dad to William Luca Costa-Marsden, 1, Mary James, 8, and Jack Holden, 12, and the absolutely gorgeous Michelle Monaghan, mom to Willow Katherine White born in 2008 and son Tommy Francis White on October 30, 2013, about their Nicholas Spark’s movie, The Best of Me, coming out Oct 17, was some serious icing on my uber deliciously fun cake. From their 11 minute sex scene to whether or not being a parent affects the roles they choose and more, here’s what went down…
Are you a sucker for romance movies?
James Marsden: Yes. I like good films. And it doesn’t matter what genre it is. So, if it’s a good movie, it’s engaging, it gets you then –yes.
“The Notebook” got me. I was at the premiere of “The Notebook,” and was having to keep from crying, and surrounded by grown men splashing cold water on their face after.
On a lighter note, when bloggers were at the set visit, you talked about your favorite scene was the 11-minute sex scene.
James Marsden: I think because we just finished it, probably.
Michelle Monaghan: Yes.
You guys were so great together.
James Marsden: Oh, thanks.
When you read the script, did it make you cry?
Michelle Monaghan: It did. For me, honestly, it surprised me, the end. Oh, he was sobbing like a baby.
James Marsden: Sh.
Michelle Monaghan: Am I ruining anything? I don’t know. But, you know what, it surprised me. It did. It caught me by surprise.
As a mom, too, with the two kids, and the possibility of losing the second child in the script, were you like, “No, no, no, no, that can’t happen”?
Michelle Monaghan: Yes. I mean, listen. As a parent, when you read those things, you can’t help it.
Or you hear of a story, or you read something, and you automatically kind of imagine that for yourself, and you put yourself in someone else’s shoes. And a lot of those things are unimaginable.
And so, you’re able to connect with it on those sorts of levels. So, that’s always really helpful creatively.
Does that impact how you pick scripts now that you’re a parent?
Michelle Monaghan: No, not for me.
And as a parent, if there’s any part of the story that deals with the loss of a child or how a parent feels about one’s child, you can certainly relate to that.
It’s one of the things that Michelle and I connected on.
People talk about, “Well, what did we do to get to know one another and sort of feel each other out and comfortable around, knowing that we were going to spend a lot of emotional time with one another in front of the camera?”
James Marsden: Yes. Are we blushing yet?
Michelle Monaghan: Yes.
James Marsden: But, yes, just connecting on that level, both of us being parents of beautiful little kids. And there’s a really wonderful scene.
She was marvelous in it, speaking about with such joy and love in her eyes about her son that her child that she lost. And I remember shooting that. I was off-camera, I think, and she was making me weep.
Michelle Monaghan: He was. He was emotional. It was so sweet.
James Marsden: I had trouble. And it wasn’t right for the scene. The camera was on me. It wasn’t right for me to do it, but it was hard for me not to because you were so wonderful.
Watch a fun clip or James and Michelle together here:
About the Film
Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.
The Best of Me stars James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato.