In “Endless Love,” which opens Friday, Feb. 14, Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde play a charismatic boy and a privileged girl, respectively, whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart.
Listen to “Breakthrough Entertainment” and Phoenix Movie Examiner's full interview with Pettyfer by clicking on the image above this article. The following is an excerpt from the interview in which the actor discusses the challenge of portraying someone in love as well as what he hopes that viewers take away from “Endless Love.”
“I think that love is built on trust and [writer/director Shana Feste] created this environment for me and Gabriella Wilde to learn to trust each other. We spent a month together beforehand where we just built trust. So it became very easy as we became companions for both of us to trust each other in the movie and go with what we needed to go with in order to portray two people falling in love.
“As for portraying love instead of anger, anger is a very easy emotion for some people to access. And for some people it is very hard to access love and happiness because of insecurities. But I really feel like you have to have a childlike mind when you are in love. You are kind of brought back to that time period in your life when you are 18 or 19 years old. For me it was hard but I had a lot of fun doing it.
“I think that when you are 24 years of age you want to be 30 and you want to act like 30 and have the mindset of a 30-year-old. When I read the script I saw that I was playing 18. So that time period that Shana created for me and Gabriella to go back to and be 18 again was incredible. It was worth doing the movie for.
“Hopefully [people] go see [‘Endless Love’] with someone they care about or love and if not then their friends or family and have a good experience. That is what going to the movies is all about - going in and experiencing something. This is a very lighthearted and fun film. I am glad that it is coming out on Valentine's Day. Hopefully it is just a good, little adventure that will entertain them for 90 minutes.” - Alex Pettyfer