The Cast of The Choice Reveals How to Plan a Date, Nicholas Sparks Style
As Rom Com Week continues here at Glamour.com, we decided who better to talk to about romantic gestures, relationship Dos and Don’ts, and rowboats (yes, rowboats) than the stars of Nicholas Sparks’ newest romantic tearjerker, The Choice? Starring dreamboat (and newlywed!) Benjamin Walker (read what he said about what it’s like to be in a Nicholas Sparks movie here), married mother of one Teresa Palmer, and single and looking star Maggie Grace, the trio talked to us at the Los Angeles premiere about their rules for planning a date, Nicholas Sparks style—and the gesture that totally won over their significant other.
What’s the Nicholas Sparks movie trademark that you wish would happen in your love life?
Benjamin Walker: Row boats are a big thing. I’m into row boats! I’d like to take my significant other just spontaneously out on a boat. Anything beautiful—and not like in New York or Central Park, where the smell of the water is just oppressive, and there’s probably a dead body in it. So, I’d like to have a beautiful row boat moment! Bam!
Maggie Grace: Well, if you notice, all of the posters [for Nicholas Sparks movies] are an almost kiss, and it’s sort of backlit, so I think we all want to be in that kind of poster. It’s the moment before that golden hour before a sunset—an almost-kiss, where the lips almost meet for the first time.
Teresa Palmer: Going on a row boat with the rain coming down!
What are your rules for planning a date, Nicholas Sparks style?
Benjamin Walker: Well, on a Nicholas Sparks date or movie, you know something tragic is going to happen, so I guess my rule would be to stay home! [Laughs] Netflix and chill and call it a day!
Teresa Palmer: Some swans. That’s my favorite scene from The Notebook. I like a warm night in with your life, with a fire going, there’s a blanket, there’s some lovin’! I’m just thinking about The Notebook here!
What have you learned not to do in relationships?
Benjamin Walker: This is thin ice for me! This could get me in trouble! Probably forget that no one cares about what you have to say. I don’t know. Actually, that’s a funny point. Sometimes you give advice, and they know exactly what they want to do, and you should just shut up and listen. So, [don’t] talk too much.
Maggie Grace: Not effectively communicating your priorities to each other. You need to do that. What’s important to your man becomes important to you, and what’s important to your woman becomes important to you. You have to have a map of the top three things they’re worried about, and likewise, he would know about my top three things, so you know each other’s map [so to speak].
Teresa Palmer: Source all of my happiness from the relationship. I think that’s the worst possible thing that you can do. If you source it from an internal place than the relationship is a much more stable one.
What’s the most romantic gesture you’ve done that totally won over your significant other, past or present?
Maggie Grace: I cook a lot, so making a menu of their favorite things and remembering someone’s favorite foods is pretty fun.
Teresa Palmer: Actually, my husband loves I always end up surprising him on his birthday, and I throw him surprise parties. I am really good at throwing him off any sort of scent, so I do it almost every year. Every year he has no idea that I’m doing it. This year, we did one of those puzzle rooms where you have to try and escape from the jail and you have an hour. We had a random group of people with us, so it was fun.
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