Safe Haven, a romantic-thriller based on the novel written by Nicholas Sparks who is the bestselling author of the films: The Notebook and Dear John will bring a new love story to theaters this Valentine’s Day. Safe Haven stars Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel and Cobie Smulders and revolves around the story of a mysterious woman named Katie (Hough) as she arrives in a small town in North Carolina. She finds the courage to love again when she meets Alex (Duhamel), a widower with 2 children. This new page in her life forces her to confront her past to be able to move on and truly love again. Safe Haven is directed by Lasse Hallström who is known for the movies Chocolat and The Cider House Rules. Check out an article by Kathleen Perricone about this upcoming movie, Safe Haven:
“Safe Haven: Not Your Typical Love Story
Nicholas Sparks has given us plenty of couples to fall in love with over the years: Noah and Allie, John and Savannah … and now, Alex and Katie. They are the latest to heat up the screen in a film adaptation of Sparks’ book, “Safe Haven,” starring Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough – and omg! has two exclusive shots from the movie, which will hit theaters on February 8. In it, Duhamel plays a widower with two young children who is struggling to raise them on his own, while the former “Dancing With the Stars” pro portrays a young women who moves to a small North Carolina town with a dark secret. Naturally, the two fall in love.
But “Safe Haven” is not your typical romance flick. Duhamel, 39, tells omg! the characters are both pretty complicated, which was a real challenge to him as an actor. “When I first read the script and the book, I thought ‘What am I going to do with this guy? He’s too perfect,’” he explains. “And so we really just worked hard on making him feel human. He’s a guy who makes mistakes and he doesn’t always do the right thing … So when this girl shows up in town out of nowhere, he doesn’t really know what to make of it at first. He doesn’t realize he likes her as much as he does because it hasn’t even crossed his mind. It was one of the more difficult things to play because I had to really find complexity in the guy. He’s a guy who really has his hands full and when he meets this girl, it sort of turns his world upside down.”
Duhamel credits one of Sparks’ classics, 2004’s “The Notebook” starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, as his inspiration to make Alex and Katie just as beloved by fans. “To me, those were the best characters,” he says of Noah and Allie. “Those two were amazing in that movie. That movie will stand the test of time, and it’s because of the relationship and the authenticity of it. And that’s really what I had to do in this one. Julianne and I both had to find what it was that drew these two together and it’s not this young love, it’s not this loss of innocence. These two have both been through a lot already. It’s about finding love again, and it’s about taking the risks from two people are pretty damaged.”
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Safe Haven will be showing in theaters on February 14th 2013.
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