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On a chilly Tuesday night, the stars of Safe Haven braved the Los Angeles cold to attend the film’s Hollywood premiere.
Julianne Hough, the film’s female lead, didn’t let illness stop her from walking the red carpet in a sheer Alberta Ferretti dress. The dancer-turned-actress was joined by her family at the premiere, including brother Derek Hough of Dancing With the Stars, along with her beau, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest.
“The whole movie is still very fresh,” Duhamel said. “We just literally finished it five months ago. So I have very fond memories of Southport, North Carolina, [where the film was shot] and working with Julianne and making this movie.”
The film also stars Cobie Smulders as the next-door neighbor of Hough’s character, who might be hiding a secret. The How I Met Your Mother actress arrived last on the carpet wearing a black YSL jumpsuit.
Safe Haven is based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks, telling the story of a young woman running from her past (Hough) and the widower she encounters in her new hometown (Duhamel).
Since it is a Sparks adaptation, the ladies will undoubtedly swoon at the beautiful love story. But Duhamel weighs in on why men will enjoy the film, as well:
“Men like a good story, you know, even if it is a love story,” Duhamel told reporters. “But there’s also a lot of danger in this movie, and it’s more suspenseful than I think anything Nicholas has done before. So I think they’ll like it.”
Mimi Kirkland, who plays Duhamel’s daughter, strutted her tiny self down the red carpet and told THR why she liked working with Duhamel as her dad.
“He felt like a second dad to me,” Kirkland said. “He was really nice and funny, and just like a dad would be.”
Noah Lomax, Duhamel’s son in the movie, said that as a dad, Duhamel “was really fun.”
“I had a lot of fun working with him. He’s just a really nice guy. And he was just like a big kid.” The two even have a video together on YouTube, in which they act out a rehearsed fight scene in which Lumox defeats Duhamel.
The film’s resident villain is portrayed by Australian actor David Lyons. For the role, he had to channel a violent, crazed ex-lover.
“I think the preparation came in the research,” Lyons said. “But Nicholas had written a beautiful character in his book, and so that was the basis of all things.”
Two of the film’s producers, Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, have been working on projects together ever since The Nativity Story in 2006. Their production company, Temple Hill Productions, is even named for the street they lived on upon first moving to Los Angeles.
Since then, the duo have produced all five of The Twilight Saga films and have another Sparks adaptation under their belt, Dear John.
“When we started the company, we always knew that we wanted to get in business with Nicholas Sparks and Lasse Hallström, and those were two of the tenets of the company,” says Bowen. “We were able to do it once and have a great amount of success with Dear John, and so when the opportunity came to be involved with another one of his books, we jumped at it.”
Hallström previously teamed up with Godfrey and Bowen on Dear John, which grossed more than $114 million worldwide.
Safe Haven hits theaters on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14.
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