As of this week, The Notebook has officially tugging at our heartstrings for over a decade!
To celebrate one of the most romantic stories of all time, we’ve rounded up the top five facts that you may not have known about the film.
Just try to keep your eyes dry this time around!
1. Rachel McAdams Almost Wasn’t Allie…Until She Was!
Rising star Rachel McAdams was a last minute addition to the list of actresses reading for the role of Allie Hamilton, and only had a day to prepare for her audition. Luckily, she absolutely nailed it!
“When Miss McAdams came in and read, it was apparent that she was ‘the one,’” director Nick Cassavetes said about McAdams after her audition (via US Weekly).
“I read the script the night before and bawled my eyes out,” McAdams added. “It was the best audition experience I’ve ever had.”
Other stars going out for the role included Britney Spears, Reese Witherspoon, Ashley Judd and Jessica Biel.
2. Ryan Gosling Was the Only Choice for Noah
Though Rachel McAdams’s audition for the film was a bit more spontaneous, director Nick Cassavetes always knew Ryan Gosling would play Noah Calhoun.
In fact, Gosling is said to have spent two months living in Charleston, S.C. getting ready for his role. While there, he learned how to build furniture and rowed every morning…just like Noah! In fact, a kitchen table made by the actor is actually featured in the film.
3. Family Ties
Actress Gena Rowlands was cast as “Older Allie” in the film, but she also has another role: mother of the director! That’s right; Rowlands is actually Nick Cassavetes’s mom!
However, Gena has been a professional actress since the ’50s, so we’re pretty sure it was her talent (not just favoritism) that led to her casting!
4. Awkward First Encounters
Rumor has it that Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams didn’t get along very well when they first began working together. The “After 7 Years” scenes were shot first and two actors were apparently quite uncomfortable with one another the entire time.
“We inspired the worst in each other,” Gosling once said (via YourTango.com). “It was a strange experience, making a love story and not getting along with your costar in any way.”
However, after coming back from Christmas break (during which time Gosling dropped 20lbs), they began shooting the young Allie and Noah scenes, and the two found their chemistry.
In fact, Gosling and McAdams even took their romance off screen for a relationship that lasted between 2005 and 2007!
5. Baby Blues…Or Baby Browns?
Look closely! While Ryan Gosling is known for his baby blue eyes, the actor that played Duke or ‘Old Noah’ (James Garner) actually has brown eyes, so Gosling donned color contacts throughout the film.
However, there is rumored to be a brief slip up during one scene where Gosling forgot to wear his contacts and his eyes are definitely blue!
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