It’s been a decade since Hollywood’s greatest couple in movie-history hit the big screen. And, there’s no arguing that the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook is one of the most iconic love-stories of the 21st century. There was love. There was passion. There was feud. There was anger. And there was a whole lot of heart.
In a recent interview with Director Nick Cassavetes, he revealed to VH1 that co-stars and leading actors Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams didn’t quite get along on set.
Maybe I’m not supposed to tell this story, but they were really not getting along one day on set. Really not. And Ryan came to me, and there’s 150 people standing in this big scene, and he says, “Nick come here.” And he’s doing a scene with Rachel and he says, “Would you take her out of here and bring in another actress to read off camera with me?” I said, “What?” He says, “I can’t. I can’t do it with her. I’m just not getting anything from this.”
In order to reconcile the feuds, Cassavetes revealed that:
We went into a room with a producer; they started screaming and yelling at each other. I walked out… And it got better after that, you know? They had it out… I think Ryan respected her for standing up for her character and Rachel was happy to get that out in the open. The rest of the film wasn’t smooth sailing, but it was smoother sailing.
Perhaps their electric, impassioned feuding with each other inspired audiences to vote for them as having the best on-screen chemistry at the Teen Choice Awards. Fans even went wild when their iconic award-winning moment included a reenactment of their famous kiss at the MTV Movie Awards.
“We inspired the worst in each other,” Gosling opened up to The Observer in 2007. “It was a strange experience, making a love story and not getting along with your co-star in any way.”
The couple dated on-and-off for years from 2005 to 2007 with a brief reunion in 2008.
When they ended up not being together, McAdams told Movies IE, “There was that sense that we had let everyone down [laughs]. It was as though we hadn’t fulfilled our destiny somehow, but, again, that’s flattering, because you’ve hit an emotional nerve with a two-hour movie. I love that these things can go out there and affect people so deeply…”
As both were relatively unknown actors at the time, Gosling and McAdams went on to achieve celebrity status as their devotion and dedication to their work is something Cassavetes will forever be grateful for.
After mentioning that the epic “What do you want” scene was improvised by Gosling, Cassavetes notes, “They deserve all the credit in the world, those guys. They were committed to their characters and both of them are terrific artists in their own right. Really, really top-notch artists. I would love to work with them [again].”
Having not known they would end up together, Gosling told W Magazine, “All I knew is that she was a force to be reckoned with. How I was going to reckon with it, I had no idea. She’s not someone you can ever dismiss or put into any category. She’s many things.”
“God bless The Notebook,” Gosling lastly noted to GQ Magazine. “It introduced me to one of the great loves of my life. But people do Rachel and me a disservice by assuming we were anything like the people in that movie. Rachel and my love story is a hell of a lot more romantic than that.”
Talk about swoon.
A classy, hard-working lady meets the goofy, quirky charming self-called ‘loner.’ As both dedicated artists in their own rights, it’s plain to see how much they could hate each other and not get enough of each other at the same time–which led to their high-profile on-and-off relationship. But, you still love them in the end, because there definitely was something there.
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