Is it meant to be? In 2001, romantic comedy followers adopted the would-or-wouldn’t-they romance of Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack‘s lovestruck characters in Serendipity.
In the basic movie, the actors performed Jonathan Trager and Sara Thomas, respectively, who ended up trying to find each other over a number of years in New York City after they first met, fell in love and went their separate methods. Despite a heartbreaking parting, the pair remained satisfied that their preliminary encounter was fated.
“As is often the case, there was a sort of central problem with the female character not necessarily being totally believable. So we had a lot of meetings about it: I didn’t want this character to be this kind of wispy fool, even though she was so interested in fate,” Beckinsale recalled of her appearing course of throughout an April 2020 interview with Vulture. “You can be like that without being this sort of ghastly supernatural person. … She’s a therapist. You don’t want her to be a bad, embarrassing therapist, but she’s also obsessed with the notion of serendipity and fate. So trying to marry those two things without making her a character who seems completely implausible. You can be a kind of whimsical, positive, open person who’s also intelligent.”
The England native fondly regarded again on her Manhattan filming expertise.
“And then suddenly there we were in August in New York, in scarves and overcoats, sweating to death and pretending to be ice-skating on what was actually linoleum, because it was too hot for ice,” she advised the outlet on the time. “I remember being incredibly hot all of the time. A classic Christmas movie and we’re all pouring sweat.”
The Pearl Harbor actress is not any stranger to reliving the candy flick, even recreating its now-infamous elevator scene alongside a begrudging resort worker.
“I knew I recognized the elevators in this hotel I was staying in,” she captioned an Instagram clip in September 2018, the place she recited her wistful movie dialogue. “This is where we shot Serendipity. Alas, I could not get my leading man to play ball this time @fairmontroyalyork.”
The movie’s director, Peter Chelsom, additionally opened up concerning the filmmaking journey practically twenty years after the film’s launch.
“We were making a film about a world that we hope might exist,” Chelsom advised Insider in October 2021. “Yes, there’s no clock. Yes, you can’t see the stars. All that is absolutely right. But with it this way it transports you, you can escape more. … It’s the balance between the man and woman. They have mirror problems: marrying the so-called perfect partner and realizing they can’t. There were a lot of films in the early 2000s — and I said this back then — they were sexist. This idea of ‘frat boy behaves really badly, s—t hits the fan in act two, then all of act three is him apologizing to the beautiful blonde.’ That was the laziness of romantic comedies in the early 2000s and in some ways Serendipity was the apex.”
Scroll under to see what the Serendipity cast has been as much as for the reason that 2001 vacation rom-com premiered: