There’s a reason Kate and Cameron fit their parts so well.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock since 2006, you’ve probably heard of the ~best~ Christmas movie of all time: The Holiday. It follows two women, Iris and Amanda (Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz, respectively), as they decide to spend the holidays in each other’s home across the world. Because this is a rom-com (of course), they fall in love with charming locals Miles and Graham (Jack Black and Jude Law), respectively, and find themselves in the process. Christmas magic!
Whether you’ve seen the movie a million times (like me) or not, these behind-the-scenes facts will definitely get you in the mood for a rewatch.
Psst: You can rent it on Amazon Prime!
Nancy Meyers wrote the parts of Amanda and Iris specifically for Diaz and Winslet.
…but he only signed on when he found out that he’d be working with Winslet.
Iris’s countryside cottage isn’t actually a real house.
However, Amanda’s Spanish-style San Marino mansion is a real house, and it last sold for $9.5 million.
The movie was actually filmed backward.
All of Winslet’s and Black’s movies were removed from the shelves during the Blockbuster scene.
Speaking of that scene, most of Black’s lines during it were improvised.
Law also improvised his lines during the iconic “Mr. Napkin Head” scene.
Lindsay Lohan filmed her cameo because she “owed” Meyers a favor.
The snow in the movie is actually real, even though it wasn’t planned.
Dustin Hoffman’s cameo wasn’t actually planned.
Law had to be coaxed to smile more on the set.
A real Jack Black incident inspired that “boob graze” scene.
The cast and crew celebrated on the set with Eli Wallach, who played Amanda’s neighbor Arthur Abbott, when he turned 90.
Winslet and Rufus Sewell (aka Jasper, Iris’s ex, whom we all collectively hate) actually dated IRL before the movie.
You can actually visit the White Horse Tavern, where Amanda meets Graham and his friends for drinks.
The movie that Iris picks out to watch before getting interrupted by Miles foreshadows their relationship.
Finally, Winslet later said that she thinks Black is “the perfect romantic lead.”
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a movie to rewatch.
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