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'Love Actually' at 10: Laura Linney, Rodrigo Santoro on having the one story without a 'happy' ending

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Ten years ago, Love Actually hit theaters, and with it came an endlessly re-watchable Christmastime collection of love stories that are actually, well, all around us. The film explored 10 separate vignettes — some heartwarming and hilarious, some tragic and heartbreaking – that saw its characters “get the sh–” kicked out of them by love. To celebrate the film’s legacy, we reached out to the film’s cast to talk about their storylines and behind-the-scenes takes.

If you ever see Rodrigo Santoro in an airport, you can bet he’s thinking of one film: Love Actually.

“Every time I walk in the airport, I remember this movie. Every. Time,” he tells EW. “When I walk around, I look at people and observe people. I’m always interested in seeing what they’re going through, and that comes from that movie.”

And anyone who’s seen Love Actually knows what he’s talking about: The opening montage, featuring candid shots of family members and friends greeting loved ones at Heathrow Airport, showed that, as Hugh Grant says in his voiceover, “If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion love actually is all around.”

Love actually was all around for most of the couples in the film, but only one pair failed to get together and achieve closure in the end (the two don’t even appear in the final scene with the rest of the cast). Santoro’s Karl and Laura Linney’s Sarah came thisclose to reaching their happily ever after, until the ringing of Sarah’s cell phone interrupted it all.

But to Linney, that failure made their story relatable.

“Sometimes life doesn’t allow relationships to happen,” she says. “That’s what the tension of the story was: It was driven by the pull of and the distraction, the worry, the concern, and the fear of not being there for someone else even when it’s against your best interest. And actually, a lot of people over the years have come up to me and said, ‘That was my story.'”

The majority of fans, though, don’t see it that way — Santoro recalls a fan who promised him she would never pick up in the same situation — with most wishing Sarah just ignored the calls.

Even Santoro admits to asking director Richard Curtis after reading the script why he and Linney got the short end of the stick.

“I was like, ‘Richard, we’re the sad ending!’ He goes, ‘Yeah, it’s okay,'” he says. “But it was on purpose, it was meant to be that way because that’s life. It’s not always happy.”

Though the Brazilian actor says filming his scenes with Linney went “smoothly,” he remembers feeling out of place at first as the only actor apart from Lúcia Moniz whose native language was not English. That is, until Linney took him aside and introduced him to the rest of the cast.

“I thought, ‘Wow, all these guys!'” Santoro recalls about seeing the entire ensemble during their first table read, including Liam Neeson and Alan Rickman, who sat across from him. “That was a very intimidating experience because I grew up watching these guys.”

Linney, meanwhile, faced her own challenges while filming in London for Love Actually: The actress was shooting Mystic River at the same time in Boston and had to fly back and forth for weeks. “I felt like I was in some crazy intercontinental repertory theater,” she says.

But when it came time to work with the ensemble, the actress says it “felt like actor camp.”

“It was a remarkable sort of gathering of folks,” Linney says. “Most of the time, moviemaking can be really challenging and it can be really satisfying, but rarely is it fun. And I just remember having a lot of fun on that one, and that’s because of the people.”

Ultimately, both Santoro and Linney say their characters would have moved on 10 years after the events of the film, because the relationship wasn’t meant to work out. (Santoro, for his part, jokes that if audiences desperately need a happy ending, he imagines the couple would have gone to Bali for their honeymoon and traveled around the world because Karl had become “a very famous architect, like doing so well it’s not even funny.”)

Linney notes, however, that just because their vignette ended without a hookup doesn’t mean it wasn’t a fulfilling one — at least for her.

“I got the best kiss!” she says, laughing. “That’s what I think. But it’s true, a lot of times, those things don’t work out, and I’m more than happy to represent that type of story.”

Checking in on 'Love Actually': Shannon Elizabeth tells us what those hot girls are up to 10 years later

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Ten years ago, Love Actually hit theaters, and with it came an endlessly re-watchable Christmastime collection of love stories that are actually, well, all around us. The film explored 10 separate vignettes — some heartwarming and hilarious, some tragic and heartbreaking – that saw its characters “get the sh–” kicked out of them by love. To celebrate the film’s legacy, we reached out to the film’s cast to talk about their storylines, and for the rest of the week, we’ll be sharing some of their behind-the-scenes takes.

First-time director Richard Curtis really knew what he was doing when he put together the romantic comedy favorite Love Actually 10 years ago: cast the most charming current and rising British stars, give them fun stories to sink their teeth into and let the cameras roll. Oh, and hot girls. Cast hot girls. But first, make sure they’re going to become big actresses later in their careers.

Sure, those silly American girls were only in the last few minutes of the film, their scenes only served to glorify Colin’s (Kris Marshall) trip on “Shag Highway, headed west,” and none of them can make up for the fact that Laura Linney takes that call. But the little-known actresses who played them did turn out to be January Jones, Elisha Cuthbert, Denise Richards, and Shannon Elizabeth. All four spun careers out of their brief moments in Love Actually.

10 years later, EW chatted with Shannon Elizabeth — who was eager to remind us that she was only actually in this film for about 20 seconds — to hear more about the ladies’ stints on set and what “the hot girls” are up to now. (Mad Men, anyone?)

Elizabeth said that the best part about being in the film was obviously not the screen time or the career boost — “Between the size of the role, being at the very end, and doing an accent, I think most people didn’t even realize it’s me” — but the experience of working with the cast and the other girls. “I think anytime you can be a part of a cast like that, it absolutely doesn’t matter if you’re an extra in it,” she told EW. “You just want to be a part of it.”

Even though most of the vignettes took place separately, “everyone was there for the airport scene,” which meant that Elizabeth and Denise Richards got to hang with the likes of Hugh Grant and Liam Neeson. “I remember Denise and I doing wardrobe fittings together and walking around going, ‘What do we do?’” recalls Elizabeth. “We were both just kind of star struck to be there with everybody. Those actors, that was amazing.”
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'Love Actually,' to Andrew Lincoln, is perfect: The actor looks back, 10 years later

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Ten years ago, Love Actually hit theaters, and with it came an endlessly re-watchable Christmastime collection of love stories that are actually, well, all around us. The film explored 10 separate vignettes — some heartwarming and hilarious, some tragic and heartbreaking — that saw its characters “get the sh–” kicked out of them by love. To celebrate the film’s legacy, we reached out to the film’s cast to talk about their storylines, and for the rest of the week, we’ll be sharing some of their behind-the-scenes takes.

Richard Curtis’ ultimate romantic comedy contained a treasure trove of iconic scenes: Hugh Grant as the prime minister dancing through the halls, young Joanna (Olivia Olson) singing “All I Want for Christmas Is You” at the end, Colin Firth’s Jamie and Lúcia Moniz’s Aurélia swimming in the pond to save Jamie’s work.

But one of the most iconic scenes from the film is undoubtedly the story of lovelorn Mark, played by Andrew Lincoln, who quietly pines for Keira Knightley’s Juliet, the wife of his best friend Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor). For those who need a refresher, Mark visits Juliet after she awkwardly discovers the truth — and uses a stack of posters showing the words he can’t express out loud.

And though Lincoln now slays zombies as Rick on The Walking Dead, he had no problem reminiscing about his scenes in the film. The actor talked to EW about his role, what story he wishes he could have been a part of, and what happened to his character after the film’s events. (Hint: The undead are involved.)
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