Exclusive Q&A: Life As We Know It

Mimi ON Oct 14, 2010 AT 1:50 pm

Life As We Know It

Life As We Know It

Life As We Know it is out in cinemas now and revolves around two single adults (Josh Duhamel and Katherine Heigl) that become caregivers to an orphaned girl when their mutual best friends die in an accident.

The cast were recently interviewed at the film’s press conference and answered some VERY pressing questions…

Since this movie starts off with the nightmare date from hell, would you guys share stories of your own worst fix-ups?

KATHERINE HEIGL:  I’ve never been fixed-up.

JOSH DUHAMEL:  Me neither.  I’ve had plenty of awkward moments.

KATHERINE HEIGL:  Yes.  Lots of those.

Josh Duhamel and Katharine Heigl in Life As We Know It

Josh Duhamel and Katherine Heigl in Life As We Know It

JOSH DUHAMEL:  But I’ve always been in relationships for a long time.  Dating always scared the crap out of me … for this reason.  I mean, this is a good example of why I couldn’t date.  So, I made sure that I wanted to be with them before I actually started dating them.

KATHERINE HEIGL:  So, you just never met anybody in a bar and went out on a dinner date the next night and had a terrible time?  That never happened to you?

JOSH DUHAMEL:  Well, I’m sure it did.  I just don’t recall…

KATHERINE HEIGL:  I have only one really bad one—no, I had a couple, but the worst was when I was like eighteen, twenty pounds heavier, trying real hard to work it off at the gym.  And my trainer asked me out and he shaved his legs—not that there’s anything wrong with that if anybody here does? 


GREG BERLANTI (Director):  It’s for cycling. [Laughs]  It gets my speed up.

KATHERINE HEIGL:  But he gave me his headshot.  He took me to Sizzler and gave me his headshot and asked if I could get him into my agency and I was like … [groan]. 

Have you ever tried to hook up any of your friends for dates?  And how did it turn out.

KATHERINE HEIGL:  Yes.  Yes.  It’s still unclear because it happened recently. 

JOSH DUHAMEL:  Oh, no, I would never try to set anybody up with my friends. 

JOSH LUCAS (plays ‘Sam’ in the film):  I just try and set up one-night stands.  That’s it.

Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel at the premiere in NYC

Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel at the premiere in NYC

Josh, I think a lot of Messer’s charm comes from the whole overgrown kid thing.  Do you kind of see yourself as kind of a big kid? 

JOSH DUHAMEL:  I think people would probably agree that I’ve got a lot of kid in me, but that’s all right.  If you ask any of my friends, or my wife, or anybody else, I would think that they would probably agree with that. 

What is your secret for working with baby actors?

JOSH DUHAMEL:  Well, Barry, Paul and Greg, before we ever started shooting, they had me go to Atlanta a little bit early just to acclimate myself with the kids and get them to be comfortable with me.  And that was huge for us in the movie because they really responded to me. 

Katherine was in the middle of adopting her own child at the time.  So she couldn’t come early.  But I went out there and I got to know these kids really well before we ever started shooting and it was helpful because you didn’t really have to take them off the set all the time.  They could stay there and play, and they could live on the set while we were shooting and it made them feel comfortable.  So, that’s part of the reason why those cute little triplets worked really well in the movie.

But could it also be because all girls like you, from what I understand?

JOSH DUHAMEL:  I have an affinity for kids and they like me.  I think it’s because we can understand each other on the same…

KATHERINE HEIGL:  Emotional level.

JOSH DUHAMEL:  Emotional level.  [Laughs]

Katherine, can you talk a little bit about the parallels and relating to your character since you were a new mother just when you started filming this?

KATHERINE HEIGL:  Yeah, it was all parallels.  I was living on-camera what I was living in my life, down to just the tiniest little things like the outfits that they put the triplets in for a scene that my daughter might have come to work in that day.

I watched the movie recently and thought, you know, it’s sort of a living journal because it reminds me of those first few months with this nine-month-old baby, who was so new to me, and I was so new to her, and all the little things that go along with that—what kind of diapers you’re using, what kind of wipes and what kind of pack’n’play.  And we had the same pack’n’play as the one in the movie.

And it’ll just forever remind me of that time.  It was really intense and really glorious and certainly very overwhelming, but it was all the performance.  Holly was me and I was her and that’s that.  I didn’t even have to act.  I was scared.

Life As We Know It is out now, click HERE to see the trailer…

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