Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum talk 'The Vow,' chocolate and romance (Q&A)
Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum play lovebirds in the 2012 film "The Vow" and recently sat down with OnTheRedCarpet.com to talk about the movie, romance and ... chocolate.
McAdams, 33, stars as Paige, a young woman who suffers a coma and severe memory loss after a traumatic car accident. When she wakes up and can't recall her husband Leo, played by Tatum, he must work to win her heart again.
"How do you bridge the gap when you start to grow apart? There's something so nice about being comfortable but not too comfortable," McAdams told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "I appreciate that about this, even though it's an extraordinary circumstance and there's a real tragedy that tears them apart ... everyone knows that feeling of disconnect and 'How do you get back on track?'"
Both she and Tatum, 31, have previously starred in romance films - McAdams in "The Notebook" and Tatum in "Dear John." Both are based on books by Nicholas Sparks. The author is unaffiliated with "The Vow," which hit theaters on Friday, February 10, four days before Valentine's Day.
"We're Nicholas Sparks alumni. I love Nicholas Sparks novels, but I think it takes less of a fairy tale way to show a greater love," Tatum told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "Nicholas paints a beautiful picture, he really does - his romanticism is amazing, but I think this deals with a little bit more of a frustrating time and really sits in the uncomfortablity of it."
The pair found romance in real life as well, although not with each other. Tatum met his wife Jenna Dewan on the set of the 2006 dance flick, "Step Up." The couple got engaged in September 2008 and were married on July 11, 2009 in Malibu, California.
"I see caring for somebody as a creative outlet," Channing told People magazine. "I like drawing little faces and writing little stories and hiding them in places."
McAdams found love while filming as well, pairing up with "Midnight in Paris" co-star Michael Sheen. The couple confirmed their relationship in May 2011.
Check out what else McAdams and Tatum had to say about their upcoming film and about romance in general, as well as about a popular Valentine's Day candy.
Love more than ever, or never want to see again - truffles.
CHANNING TATUM: "I love chocolate and she's still eating hers."
RACHEL McADAMS: "It took me a little while to come back around but they found their way back into my heart. I was in a coma that day. I have never been on such a sugar high. I couldn't even speak. I couldn't form thoughts in my head."
CHANNING TATUM: "I think one of her eyes went lazy. It was getting weird. I was like, 'Man she's out of it.'"
You're setting the bar pretty high for courtship in this, don't you think?
CHANNING TATUM: "Yeah, and it should be set high. I think it should be set higher, in a way. I think back in the day, things were more romantic, in a way. I don't know. I just think it's not that hard to be thoughtful. I hope that doesn't sound arrogant. I think it's fun to do stuff like that."
Rachel, did you appreciate more like a grandiose, or the little box with things you have when you have a cold?
RACHEL McADAMS: "Well, I mean, I'll take it all."
CHANNING TATUM: "Come on, you can't ask a girl that. The girl would be like, 'Woah, woah, woah, I can't have both? That's not cool.'"
RACHEL McADAMS: "But I do love when things are really personal, you know, when someone really thought about what you'd like and something no one else would know about you, or something like that. That makes it all the more special."
The part of kind of 'I want to win you over again' - the optimism in that I thought was so heartwarming. Are you that eternal optimist?
CHANNING TATUM: "Yeah and I wish it could say it was because of like, 'I'm such an optimistic person,' but no, it's out of necessity. I think Leo invested everything in her. He doesn't have really very much other than his friends and his wife. I think just about anybody .. had to see it a little bit to the end unless you really wanted out of the relationship to begin with. He seems very optimistic but I think it's out of sheer, 'There's nothing else to do.' It's a step-by-step process."
Is Channing Tatum a glass half-full kind of guy?
CHANNING TATUM: "It depends on the day. My mood swings you know, eating a full meal or not."
RACHEL McADAMS: "Yeah, it depends on your blood sugar level."
CHANNING TATUM: "Yeah. Life's terrible. Cheeseburger. God, I love life. Life is awesome. "
Reporting by Cari Skillman of KABC Television, which produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).
Check out a trailer for the 2012 romance film.