When you think of the best romantic-yet-tear-jerking books-turned-movies, the ones that usually come to mind are A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, The Fault in Our Stars, Me Before You, and so on and so forth. Well, ladies and gentlemen, we may’ve found the next one: 1 Mile to You.
Based on Jeremy Jackson‘s 2002 novel, Life at These Speeds, 1 Mile to You focuses on a teenager named Kevin (Graham Rogers), who loses his girlfriend (Stefanie Scott in an accident. According to the adaptation’s synopsis, “he finds that running keeps him connected to her during his ‘runner’s high’ moments. Chasing her memory drives him to run faster, and to win for his new coach (Billy Crudup). Before long, however, his newfound notoriety attracts the attention of a whip-smart new girl (Liana Liberato), who is determined to find out what’s really going on inside him. Soon, he finds himself caught between keeping the past alive and making new memories in the present.”
The flick will be on demand starting April 7, but you can watch an exclusive clip of Graham (Struck by Lightning) and Liana (If I Stay, The Best of Me) above!
Speaking of Liana Liberato, here are 17 fun things we learned from our chat with the actress:
What drew you to your character in The Best of Me?
L: “It was something I had never done before. I mean, I did If I Stay, and she’s a bit more quirky but she has the same kind of vibrant vibe to her, and that was something I had never done before. So getting to play Amanda was just so cool. It was really challenging and that drew me to it because I was like, ‘I have no idea if I’m even capable of doing this!’"Photo: Relativity Media
Was it easier or harder than you thought it'd be?
L: “It was difficult. I think it was difficult because I made myself think I was doing it wrong sometimes. Because when you’re walking on uncharted ground, you don’t know when you’re doing something right or wrong. But there really wasn’t a right or wrong way to do things. I’m here to entertain people and want to entertain fans of the book and fans of Nicholas Sparks, so I wanted to do it right."Photo: Relativity Media
Did you look at any other characters or actresses before you started filming?
L: “Yeah! Right before filming we watched The Notebook, not because we wanted it to look exactly the same, but our director said, ‘I want a love like that. I want that really exciting and happy, fun love.’ So we watched it for that reason."Photo: New Line Cinema
A big theme in the book and movie is young love. Do you believe that you can really find someone that you genuinely love like that at such a young age?
L: “Absolutely! I also think sometimes it’s easier because you’re so open to it. I think that sometimes when you’re older it’s so easy to become bitter or cynical because of past experiences you've had, whereas when you’re younger you have a clean slate and you dive into things.”Photo: Relativity Media
Do you have a previous favorite Nicholas Sparks book or movie?
L: “The Notebook and A Walk to Remember. Two days before I heard I got this film, my roommate had never seen AWTR and I was like I HAVE to show it to you. So we watched it and cried and then I got the movie! It made me cry all the time."Photo: Warner Brothers
You’ve been in a few books-turned-movies now. Is that a conscious decision?
L: “No! I don’t know how that happened. People write really good books and a lot of those can translate well into films. If a script comes to me and I enjoy the character I’ll pursue it.”Photo: Instagram
Did you read If I Stay before you got the role?
L: “I didn’t because I normally don’t read the books before I book the roles because I don’t want to fall in love with a part and then not get it. That would suck. As soon as I heard I got it, I started reading the book. I finished the book as I was getting off the plane in Vancouver to start filming. With both books, it was still really fresh in my mind. Normally when I’m reading the book I make notes, too.”Photo: Warner Brothers
What was the toughest scene for you to film?
L: “There was a coffee shop scene in If I Stay [that was tough]. That was an all-day shoot. It sucks sometimes because you get burned out and then they say it’s your coverage."Photo: Warner Brothers
Oh wow! So the hardest weren’t some of the sad scenes?
L: "The happy scenes are tough because you have to have comedic timing, too! Chloe and I had such a great friendship on set so it was easy for us to work together because we had that banter off screen, too. The scene where I said goodbye to her was hard because I was literally looking at her with a tube in her throat. It was horrible. I just remember the first take I did the director asked me if I could make myself more audible because I was crying too hard. It was hard."Photo: Warner Brothers
Do you do anything special to get yourself in that mental place?
L: “Not really. I used to try to connect to personal experience when I was younger, but I really didn’t like doing that because I felt like I was disconnected from my character. So now I find it really important to build relationships on set because that’s what’s going to make a good performance. It was helpful because the story broke my heart."Photo: Instagram
What are some of your favorite memories from set with the cast?
L: “We had so much fun in the hospital scenes. It’s funny because you do dramatic films, but that’s the most fun you have on set! Everyone was so lighthearted and it was so different than what was on screen. We’d run around in wheelchairs and run down the hallways and it was crazy.”Photo: Instagram
If I Stay made tons of people cry, so what's a movie that makes you sob?
L: “I cry at EVERY movie. I’m a blubbering mess. I cried during the first Spider-Man. I cried during the Katy Perry movie! I can’t really say one particular movie. I remember this one night I was really bored and I have insomnia and I decided to watch a bunch of Nicholas Sparks movies. So I watched The Notebook and A Walk To Remember until six in the morning alone. It was so good.”Photo: Warner Brothers
What about The Fault in Our Stars? Did you see that?
L: “I did! I loved it. I think Laura Dern is amazing. She breaks my heart. Every time she walked on the screen I was a sobbing mess. I thought she was great. She brought that character to life.”Photo: Fox
Can we talk about Stuck In Love? How was it working with such an awesome young cast?
L: “It was awesome. All of that really happened the way it was supposed to. Nat and I knew each other before and we had this completely heartbreaking experience where we both wanted this movie together and it didn’t work out. We were so bummed because we loved hanging out and so we promised each other that we were gonna find another project and work together on it. Cut to a couple months later, I’m with a producer in Brussels and she gave me this script to read. I read it and freaked out over the relationship with Kate and Rusty and the next day I went straight to the producer and said I want to do this movie and I want to play Kate and I want you to hire Nat Wolff. When I went back to LA I got in touch with Josh Boone and told him he needed to meet Nat Wolff. So we went to lunch together and he went to the bathroom and Josh was like, ‘I love him!’ So we read together and it was meant to happen.”Photo: Millennium Entertainment
OMG that's amazing! So we'll assume your time on set was pretty great, too?
L: “That was one of the first projects I did with people my own age. I was always the daughter or something but these people were all my age. We went bowling at night and hung out in the hotel lobby and having a good time. It was so different for me because I was so used to finishing work and then going back up to my room and going to sleep. Nat always worked with younger people so he initiated a lot of it!"Photo: Millennium Entertainment
Who was the best bowler?
L: “Probably Nat! And I was the worst. Logan [Lerman] went but Lily [Collins] couldn’t because she was on tour for Snow White at the time. She’s a machine! I don’t know how she does it.”Photo: Millennium Entertainment
Are there any books you've read recently that you think should become movies?
L: “Almost every book I read I know is going to become a movie, but I just started reading Gayle Forman’s new book that hasn’t come out yet called I Was Here, which I think will eventually be made into a film. It’s amazing. It’s coming out in January. It’s absolutely amazing!"Photo: Twitter