“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…” So goes the traditional rhyme promising good luck for brides-to-be who carry these things down the aisle. But what if something borrowed is the groom?
That’s the question posed in the new romantic comedy,
“Something Borrowed,” based on Emily Giffin’s best-selling novel about the complications that arise when long-platonic friends Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Dex (Colin Egglesfield) realize their true – and truly inconvenient – feelings for one another on the threshold of Dex’s marriage to someone else. Especially as that someone else is Darcy (Kate Hudson), Rachel’s best friend since childhood.
MoviesOnline sat down with Colin Egglesfield and Kate Hudson to talk about their new movie. They told us what they liked most about their characters, what qualities define a good friend, and why following your heart doesn’t always make you the bad person. Colin and Kate also talked about the challenges of condensing a best-selling novel into a feature length film while remaining true to the original characters and they mentioned the possibility of doing a sequel.
Q: Kate, your character has so much energy from start to finish in this, not all of it good, but she’s the glue that moves the energy forward. Who do you see this person as?
KH: I see her as an enormously self-centered young woman who doesn’t really recognize how self-centered she is. She’s just one of those girl’s who everything has come her way easily and never had anybody tell her that she needs to tone it down. I saw her as similar to a couple of people I know who are always fun to have around. You love to have them around because they make for a good time. They’ll be funny or they’ll say something crazy or they’ll say the things that you’ll never say, but at the end of the day they’re not the dependable friend. That’s how I see Darcy. I mean, that’s also how Emily (Giffin) wrote Darcy.
Q: This is a movie about friendship. What qualities do you look for in a friend and what are the boundaries that need to be kept?
CE: Don’t sleep with your fiancee’s best friend. What makes a good friend? Truth, honestly, someone you feel like you can depend on and can confide in.
KH: Dependability, consistency, humor.
CE: Exactly. And that’s what’s so depressing about this movie in the sense that these two best friends, you see their friendship about to unravel because of what one did to the other. It’s essentially stabbing one in the back but that’s what this movie poses. What’s more important — your friends or your true love? I don’t know if there’s an answer to it. I think it depends on the relationship, the people. In this case, I think we did a very good job of realistically depicting what could happen in this situation. It’s not your typical romantic comedy in the sense that these characters are rooted in more reality than your typical romantic comedy. I think a lot of people are going to be able to identify with these characters because this happens more often than people would like to admit. At least they’re thinking about it or wondering what would happen if I actually did that.
KH: I knew a couple that ended up like 10 years married, the couples, both of them, that the wife of one couple and the husband of another ended up having an affair and leaving the couples and everybody was saying “Oh my God, how long has this been going on?” I think it happens more often than people like to admit unfortunately.
CE: I’m 38 years old and I think that’s why I haven’t gotten married because I’ve been in a couple of relationships where it’s gotten close but there’s that little bit of doubt where I haven’t been able to make that leap of faith. For me, I’m not the kind of person who can jump into something and be like let’s just see how it goes. Let’s give it a shot. I feel like I need to have that feeling where okay, this is the person that I want to spend the rest of my life with. And maybe I’m being a little too picky, but playing this character where you’re with someone who … and I’ve been in that situation where I’ve been in a relationship with someone and I knew it was going on longer than it should have been but because you’re so entrenched and you know each other’s families and you’ve gone on vacations [together] and it’s just that you’re going with it and hoping and thinking maybe this is just the way it is. But, for me, I think life is too short personally and I can’t settle because I just do not want to be in the situation that Dex found himself in where he’s thinking it could be better with someone else.
Q: What was it about your characters that really resonated with you when you got the script? What did you respond to?
KH: Well, for me, honestly, in this movie, not much for where the character was going in this movie. I thought the script was very good, and for what will inevitably be cast as a romantic comedy, I felt this was so far from a romantic comedy because it doesn’t have the same cut and it’s actually a subject matter that people are usually a little bit afraid to touch. I don’t think they’re afraid to touch this because it was such a successful book and I think it’s something people will walk out of and go ask the questions. It becomes a fun conversation piece that will probably end up being an argument between a boyfriend and a girlfriend after they see the movie. But my character, for me, it was really about the two books and where the next book, in “Something Blue,” where Darcy and Ethan end up going. And I thought what a great basis for a character. It was good enough in one movie for me to bet on it and hope that we get to do the next one because if all those readers go out and see this movie, we’ll get to do the next one and that’s where Darcy does a complete flip turnaround. I think that’ll be really fun. I’ll never have done that before – taking that character and having a catharsis based on hormones and pregnancy and losing all your friends and ending up in a foreign country and trying to reinvent your life. For me, that’s what really attracted me to the character.
Q: What about you, Colin? Why were you attracted to this character?
CE: Because he ends up with the girl and I haven’t. For me personally, as an actor, you’re always looking for those roles that have that right amount of realistic drama where I feel like I’m going to learn something from doing this character, having that experience of living in this guy’s shoes and really finding out why he’s doing the things that he does and through this whole experience and through most of the characters that I’ve played, that’s why I love acting so much because I usually gain some insight that has helped me in my personal life. Emily has written such an amazing story and they adapted such a great screenplay that I just knew when I was reading it that this was something special and had the potential to be the [success] we hope it’s going to be.
Q: Kate, you mentioned the book being the foundation for the characters, when you have the source material, does it give you more latitude to be creative or do you internalize it in a different way?
KH: I think it depends on what you’re doing and what kind of book and what kind of character and the director. When you read this one, it’s pretty specific. And Emily Giffin has quite a devout following. You don’t really want to let them down too much. We did take a different take on the character because you’re condensing a 300-page book into an hour and fifty minutes. You do have to take some license. You can’t give them everything and sometimes it doesn’t make for the best movie. Darcy, in the book, is a much nastier character. She does nastier things. I think for the sake of the movie we made the decision and the choice to make her a little bit more likeable so that it makes for a more interesting movie, rather than making it so easy for them to have the affair. You do still want it to be a little more challenging for the audience and I think they did a pretty good job of that. It’s a hard thing to do because you could really hate everybody.
CE: In the book, Dex and Rachel end up sleeping together a lot more than they do in the movie. No one is that likeable when you really look at it.
KH: But again, what we were saying, it does pose the question which I liked after we saw it and we were all talking about it. It’s kind of nice. Just because people are doing something that is morally incorrect for some people, like myself, does it make them a bad person if they’re following their heart? If it’s really true love and these two people end up going on for the rest of their lives and having a happy, beautiful family, what would have happened if they didn’t break the rule? Does that make it okay? And will Darcy one day realize that they really weren’t good together? It’s a funny thing because it does happen all the time although I’ve never been in that situation.
Q: Going into your 30s, what mindset did you have?
KH: I was excited about it. I thought 30 was an exciting birthday. I’d done so much in my 20s. I like to write so I sat down and I remember before my 30th birthday writing about the decade and writing about all of the things I had done and all of the things that I had been through in my 20s and I was shocked. I thought wow, what an interesting time in my life – at times tumultuous and exhilarating and difficult. So 30 to me was calming for me for some reason. I thought okay, I’m understanding more what I’m doing here now and what my focuses are and what makes me happy and all that. So 30 to me was exciting but then again, I’m going into 30 having a child and having been married and having had that experience already not work out the way that you think it’s going to work out. So I’m not looking for … oh my God, I’m 30 and I don’t have a kid and I’m not married. I have a lot of girlfriends who are in their 30s and still have not been married and don’t have a kid and it’s difficult for them because they really want a family. For me, it was like I’ve got a family, I’ve figured this out and I’ve got a happy family and I felt like I’d had a lot of experience and I was ready to just relax into that. But I think for most girls it’s kind of a weird time. I think 40 is a little bit of a bigger birthday for women.
Q: After 30 they all are.
KH: Are they really? I’m going to be 32 on Tuesday and I was thinking 32, what a boring birthday. It’s so like in your 30s, you know what I mean, it’s 32. It’s a non-birthday.
CE: Yes, but you’ve got kids. That’s what’s special.
Q: How old were you when you had your first child?
KH: I got pregnant when I was 23. You know what’s funny about Ryder? This started happening about two years ago. I realized when I had Ryder I didn’t feel young. I didn’t feel like I was having a baby young. Of my friends, I was the first one, and for my family, it was the first grandkid. But, to me, it just felt normal. As he started getting older, and I was like 28 or 29, I was like wow, I’m a young mom. It started hitting me now I have a little boy who is just his own person and he still has a little bit of the baby but the baby is really starting to go away. And now I’m like wow, I really was a young mom. Most people are having babies now. That was the big realization for me with Ryder was I really recognized and I’m so happy that I had a child so young. I mean, he is my buddy, my real buddy. It’s pretty interesting. Literally I look at him and go this is my son. You are a big boy and I’m like it’s interesting.
Q: Was there anything about this movie that you think will help you in terms of your relationships?
CE: Yeah, I think through this whole experience and hanging out with Kate who talks so much about honestly and communication. She’s been my Oprah through this whole thing.
KH: It’s true.
CE: It’s so true.
KH: Start with the honesty. Put your worst foot forward. You can’t go wrong.
CE: And even though you may think it’s going to hurt someone’s feelings, I think in the long run it’s better to just get it out in the open and get it on the table because then you know what you’re dealing with because there’s nothing worse than having this divide between you where you’re in a relationship where you know if you just said it and cleared the air – as soon as I just do that, it’s usually not as bad as I thought it was going to be. That goes not only for romantic relationships but I feel like, especially as I’ve gotten older, I’ve just gotten more open with communicating with my parents. My mom hung up on me a couple of weeks ago because I told her that she talked too much when we’re on the phone. It’s like I’ll call her and she’ll go “Da, da, da, da” and then she’ll say “So how was your day?” “Well I had another audition and…” “Well anyway, you should see on the Bio Channel, da, da, da, da…” and she’ll just go on these rants. I’ll be like “Mom, listen, can I just talk for a second? Just hold on one second, just hold your breath. I love talking to you and I love you to death but whenever we talk, it’s more like you talking and I’m just sitting there in my car and I’m antsy and just waiting to pull into my driveway. It’s like I’ve got to sit there and listen to you talk and every time I try to talk, you interrupt me and it doesn’t feel like we’re having a conversation. It feels like you’re talking.” “Well I’ve got so much going on and I just can’t do this right now” and she hung up on me. I was like okay, she just hung up on me, but you know what, I feel good because I finally was honest about something. And then, she called me back the next day and she was like “Honey, I thought about it and you’re right and what is it that you wanted to talk about.” And so now, we have these great conversations where before there was no real open communication and it’s cool.
KH: I think it’s the key for everything, just being open and being available. I think people are taught and programmed very early on depending on their families and stuff to not talk about certain things and that’s like the basis of any good relationship. But it’s true. It’s really hard to be honest and tell someone the truth.
“Something Borrowed” opens in theaters on May 6th.