Mandy Moore and John Krasinski (The Office) play an engaged couple put through hell by a reverend who wants to make sure they’re ready to tie the knot in the Warner Bros Pictures romantic comedy, License to Wed. Although neither actor’s ever been married before, when they were teamed up to talk to members of the press about the movie, they were hit up with a string of questions regarding love and marriage. And for once it wasn’t just because the press wanted to pry into their personal lives. It was all in keeping with the ‘license to wed’ theme.
Have you ever been engaged and what do you think of the institution of marriage?
John Krasinski: “I usually save these answers for my Barbara Walters Special, but she didn’t call so I’ve never been engaged, despite popular belief. I have people printing that I have. Never been engaged. As far as what I think of marriage, I think it’s great. I think I’d like to be married some day, but I’ll start with love. ‘Why don’t we try falling in love first and then I’ll see what happens after that?’
I think the one thing about this movie that was really interesting was finding out how much is really involved in that. I know I’m guilty of, and I think a lot of people are guilty of, sort of getting starry-eyed with love and sort of looking over the bad things and keep going. You don’t really prepare for how much work marriage really is. When I look at my parents I’m like, ‘This is easy. Staying together for 35 years? How hard is that?’ They’re like, ‘Very hard. You should know the ins and outs.’ So it was nice to see a little bit of background.”
Mandy Moore: “Wow, that was such a thorough answer. I’ve never been engaged. I definitely believe in the institution of marriage but I’m 23 and it’s not something that is in the forefront of my mind right now.”
What would you say is the secret to a good relationship?
John Krasinski: “I’d say the key to a good relationship is communication which, I think, at the end of the day, our characters didn’t have for a really long time in the movie, bringing it full circle. I always think about the simplest things in a relationship that have frustrated me. It always sort of comes down to communication. Even something as simple as probably the worst thing that could happen is, ‘Where do you want to go to dinner?’ ‘I dunno. Where do you want to go to dinner?’ ‘I dunno.’ That might be the worst thing in the world. So being honest…[to reporters] Not the worst thing in the world. Don’t write that down.”
Mandy Moore: “They’re typing.”
John Krasinski: “Worst thing in the world? John is completely out of it. Good luck, ladies. He’s a freak!”
Mandy Moore: “Yeah, I think communication is key, too. You’re answering all the questions. Thank you. I’ll just sit back here.”
When you were a little girl, did you have a fantasy about your wedding?
Mandy Moore: “I wanted a fake wedding in Jamaica. No! In terms of the fantasy wedding thing, I can kind of cross off the island beach thing. Maybe at sunset or something, but we were shooting during the heat of the day and it was unbelievably hot and humid and sticky and yuck, no fun. As a little girl I thought I’d like to get married on the beach. But I’m not the quintessential girl who had these sorts of fantasies about that stuff.”
Did you find anything of yourselves in these roles?
Mandy Moore: “I’m slightly controlling. I’m an Aries and I like things to have an order. I get slightly disturbed and I get slightly distressed and flustered if things go awry, but I think Sadie kind of skipped a couple of steps in terms of [spoiler deleted. I feel there were a couple of things that could have been worked out before that.”
John Krasinski: “A slight negotiation would have been nice.”
Mandy Moore: “But I have related to the sort of ambitious, controlling streak she had in her.”
John Krasinski: “What did I relate to in my character? I don’t know. I think he’s a pretty laid back guy and I definitely would have had the idea to like ‘go to the Caribbean and get married’ and so I would have been taken aback probably if somebody had said, ‘I want to get married here with this sort of regimented thing.’ It wouldn’t have derailed me but it would have been definitely a surprise. I think I’m spontaneous and not as controlling. Sort of willing for things to go whatever way they go, so we were perfect for each other.”
How was working with Robin Williams?
Mandy Moore: “Robin, he’s pretty dynamic. I had a lot of fun but I also felt like there was no onus on me to be funny. I think I enjoyed witnessing Robin and John play off each other really well, even just joking around in between takes and stuff. I just got to stand back with the crew and be entertained and watch the show in front of me. I think I found it difficult though to keep a straight face when we were actually working and I wasn’t supposed to be laughing. I was always the first one to break. I’ll admit it. I couldn’t keep a straight face.”
John Krasinski: “Yeah, working with Robin Williams, what can you say? He’s the best of the best. What I really liked watching was, not only is he incredible funny, probably the funniest person on Earth which is a tough award to give out, but to see what it really takes to be a huge star is way beyond a good partner being extremely funny. It goes into being an incredibly classy person and bringing such an enthusiasm to the set where it makes everyone around you do the best they can because, if he’s there committing and not complaining, there’s nothing you can say about it. You have to do as good work. So that was really fun to see and I definitely learned a lot from him.”