Safe Haven is the perfect film to see this Valentine’s Day, and Teen was able to catch up with the cast to talk about the romantic movie and much more! Based on Nicholas Sparks‘ novel of the same name, it stars Julianne Hough as a young woman with a mysterious past who ends up in the small town of Southport, North Carolina. During her time there, she tries to keep to herself, but can’t help falling for a single, widowed dad played by Josh Duhamel.
While we don’t want to give anything away, the ending is certainly a surprise, so we asked the cast what their first reaction was when they found out the ending. Julianne told us, “I was bawling, especially because the way that it’s written, I’m not going to say what it is, but it’s so powerful, and beautiful. What I love so much about this movie is that it’s sentimental without being over the top and gushy, but it’s all from the heart. And I think that people can relate to certain things in this movie that happen in life.”
Though Julianne’s reaction was very emotional, Josh was more surprised when he found out the ending. He told us, “When I first read the book, I was like ‘What?! You got to be kidding me.’ I didn’t know what to think.” Co-star Cobie Smulders echoed Josh’s sentiment, saying, “Well, when I first read the script I was very surprised by the ending. It was fun, and I’m sure people do it after watching the movie, to go back [and try to piece it all together.]”
On a lighter note, we asked Josh why he thinks he’s a better leading man than fellow Nicholas Sparks star Ryan Gosling, and told us that he thinks he’s “goofier,” “taller,” and “tanner” than The Notebook star. We definitely agree! Who doesn’t love Josh?!
For more on the interview — we chat with Julianna bout her adorable pups — watch the video above, and make sure you see Safe Haven when it hits theaters on February 14!