One Day stars Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess talked romance at the August 8 premiere of their new film. Based on a book of the same name by David Nicholls, the Focus Features film follows the lives of one couple on the same day over a 20-year period.
“I’m terrible at romance, but that’s why I think the film works,” admitted Sturgess on the red carpet in New York’s Lincoln Center. “It’s romantic, but not gushy romantic—it’s rather tragic and problematic. Blokes can appreciate what my character Dexter goes through in the film.”
Hathaway—who stunned on the carpet in a black and gold Alexander McQueen dress, followed by a quick change into Carven for the after-party at the Russian Tea Room—is a fan of romance. “I’m a total romantic,” she said, noting one of the most recent events that made her swoon: “when I told my boyfriend [writer, Adam Shulman] that I loved butterflies, and I didn’t like any of the butterfly jewelry I saw, he started a jewelry line that made butterflies, so I would have something to wear that I like.”
The concept of butterflies—which can be found throughout Shulman’s collection, James Banks--also symbolizes something more personal for Hathaway: they tie into the film. “To me my character is a butterfly. Butterflies go through a horrific transformation process. It’s enormously painful for them in the cocoon, but at the end they emerge and they’re changed and beautiful.”
One Day hits theatres August 19.