The Longest Ride: Exclusive Interviews With Britt Robertson And Director George Tillman Jr.

THE LONGEST RIDE set pictures

I’ve already told you a little bit about my secret trip to ‘The Longest Ride‘ set last summer. I am FINALLY allowed to talk about it! Seriously, you know how hard it’s been to be quiet about this one. AHHHH.

In case you missed Nicholas Sparks’ interview or Scott Eastwood’s interview, be sure to click back and read. Today, we are focusing on Britt Robertson And Director George Tillman Jr.

THE LONGEST RIDE with Scott Eastwood

We had about 20 minutes to chat with the crew while a shot was setting up and we got right to it! The chemistry test!! How did they know that Scott and Britt would work out? What did they have to do to PASS the audition so to speak?? George says that this part was one of the most important feelings to get right.

I think in a genre like this, is the most important thing is the audience has to want and like these guys to be together. So, I felt like that was the most important thing.

You have a Nicholas Sparks films. This is the new version of the book. How do you just take this new version and be able to do more with it?

So, you had to find actors who the audience can be able to relate to and say, “That’s me on film.” But at the same time, you’ve got to give them kind of a fresh look at a fresh face.

So, the main thing was really just trying to find two individuals. Especially like Luke Collins [played by Scott Eastwood], you got to find somebody who had the physicality to do the bull riding, the physicality to do working on the farm, also had to get the charm.

Also with, with Sophia [played by Britt Robertson], you just have to have somebody who you believe is from Jersey, but at the same time, who has a lot of complexities. She’s a very complex character, coming from New Jersey, being singular, goal-oriented.

But at the same time, she has to be very likable and very lovable. We’ve all got goals. So, you need to find two people who can have all those chemistries all in one. And then, you got to put them together.

So, as soon as I saw them individually, I just kept thinking about it. I kept dreaming about it. I kept thinking about these two together.

And then, when I finally put them together, they were really completely different because he’s from San Diego. You’re from South Carolina. And then, we finally get the chemistry, it was just magic.

It just kind of worked out.

THE LONGEST RIDE set pictures

I love that he said that he slept on it. That he dreamed about it. Directors live and breathe their movies. It’s not just a 9 to 5. They pour their hearts into these projects. They leave a piece of themselves with these actors. That was really special for me to hear. George is a good guy. I don’t know him. But after hearing him say that — I just know.

THE LONGEST RIDE with Scott Eastwood

For Britt Roberston, the group started off a bit off topic. They asked her to tell us the worst dating advice she’s ever received. Ready to hear her answer.

Be yourself, no. The best and worst dating advice, I don’t know. I had a blind date once and that was horrible. Oh, my gosh, it was like the worst experience. I’ll never do it again.

But I remember right before the blind date, the girl who set me up was like giving me all these notes, like these tidbits on what to talk about, and blah, blah, blah.

Which is so stupid, by the way, because if you’re going to fall in love with somebody, especially during a blind date, you kind of want it to be organic. And you want to actually feel something, as opposed to being forced into the situation.

And so, I think, you know, it’s the opposite of my joke prior. Talk about whatever you want to talk about, and get to know somebody as quickly as possible because I think a lot of people are messed up. And you don’t want to be with a messed up person very long, so make it quick. Make it quick.

And what was Britt’s biggest challenge?

For me, the biggest challenge was–you know, a lot of times, especially with Nicholas Sparks books, the audience is very specific, and they do love his books.

But, I know my family, they’re huge Nicholas Sparks fans. So, the thing is you kind of have to cater to a specific audience. But at the same time, we’re trying to make a really great movie.

So, just to be honest in these moments, and not try to make it anything other than the move that we’re trying to build here. And the biggest challenge is finding that balance.

But at the end of the day, the book, for me, was basically just a history lesson. And we’re trying to make it sort of a separate entity.

What was her favorite scene to shoot? When did Britt has the most fun?

The scene where we jumped in the lake. But I was so nervous of messing up because one chance of me going from dry to wet.

So, I was so nervous that by the time I got into the water, I couldn’t even breathe between the coldness and the anxiety of like getting wet. The more fun scenes for me are the more challenging ones.

THE LONGEST RIDE set pictures


What was Britt’s takeaway from this film? You know they all have one!

When I was working with Alan [Alda], because he’s been with his wife for over 50 years that was incredible. And not only just his personal relationship, but his, professional life advice along with that has been really helpful.

So, yes, just his professional and personal advice, I think the main theme that I would take away from this movie and just working with him is compassion and empathy.

If you have those two things as an actor, as a person, as a human being in relationships, then you’ll go a really long way if you can understand where the other person is coming from. And I think that’s what this movie talks a lot about.

It’s about sacrifice and understanding the other person and where they’re coming from. So, I’ll try to use that in my own life eventually, sometime, one day.



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* Fox invited me to visit the set of ‘The Longest Ride’ and interview the cast and crew. All opinions are my own.  

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