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The final night of the year, New Year’s Eve, often centers around the magical moment when the clock strikes midnight and you get to kiss a special someone.
In Garry Marshall’s new romantic comedy, that mid-night kiss is a big part of the story. Most of the many big-name actors in the film – including Ashton Kutcher, Hillary Swank, Katherine Heigl, Zac Efron and Lea Michele – have done the on-screen kiss scene plenty of times, but for one young star this was her very on-screen first kiss.
Abigail Breslin may be one of the youngest actresses to ever be nominated for an Oscar, but there are still some firsts she has yet to get to on screen. New Year’s Eve director Gary Marshall told The Hollywood Reporter that filming this movie was the first time Breslin had kissed someone on-screen.
THR asked Breslin, 15, about the kiss, and the actress laughed before answering.
“It was very professional. There were a lot of breath mints on set,” said Breslin. Marshall added that the film “exceeded its budget on breath mints.”
Breslin’s character is a 15-year-old girl who wants to celebrate New Year’s Eve with her friends and a certain boy she has her eye on (played by Wizards of Waverly Place star Jake T. Austin), but her mother (Sarah Jessica Parker) doesn’t want her daughter out of her sight.
Breslin told THR that she loved working with Parker, and that the two fashionable women spent most of their time talking about their favorite reality competition.
“We mostly talked about American Idol,” Breslin said. “We kind of ended up going in and talking about that every day at work.” Breslin added that he favorite former Idol is Kelly Clarkson, who won the very first season of the show.
When asked about her own New Year’s Eve experiences, Breslin said she doesn’t have a worst memory. “I’ve done the same thing literally every year, so there hasn’t been a best or worse,” she said.
Warner Bros.’ New Year’s Eve, which follows the lives of a handful of New Yorkers on the last hours of the year, opens in theaters of Friday, Dec. 9.
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