Inside Scoop: My Set Visit to the filming of The Best of Me #TheBestOfMe

I’m so excited to finally share some of my photos and interview tidbits from my day hanging out on the set of THE BEST OF ME which was filmed outside New Orleans last spring.

THE BEST OF ME, from Relativity Media and based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, hits theaters on October 17th. 

The Best of Me Movie Poster

Being on set was super fantastic as I’ve never been live on set during the filming of a movie before. We were on set on one of the very last days of shooting for the movie when all the main stars along with Nicholas Sparks were present.

The scenery was beautiful with a southern plantation like setting as filming took place at what they called “The Collier House”,  a home that someone actually still lives in and was built around 1876. Scenes from the movie, 12 Years a Slave, were actually filmed here too!

On Set of the Best of Me movie

Look at this Spanish moss. Loved being in the south and the authenticity of this plantation home.

Imagine giant magnolia trees, spanish moss everywhere,  and sitting around watching ultra hunky James Marsden and sweet Michelle Monaghan repeat take after take of an emotional goodbye scene. Total heaven! And seriously, until watching a movie being filmed I had no idea just how many takes a simple 5 minute scene might require.

And yes, we were able to get up close with James. The photo – or the films you see him in don’t really do it justice! Seriously! All of us ladies were feeling weak in the knees. This guy is the real deal. Totally down to earth, beyond charming and nobody should look this good! I’m hoping he continues to be cast as the leading man in many more chick flicks that’s for sure!

I’ve got more interviews coming with inside scoop from James Marsden, Nicholas Sparks and Michelle Monaghan too!

The Best of Me Movie Trailer

Take a peek at the trailer for The Best of Me. After reading this love story (and yes tear jerker!) from Nicholas Sparks and chatting with the cast on set, I can’t wait to see The Best of Me in theaters next week.

About the Film

Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.

The Best of Me stars James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato

This is the back view of the Collier home. You can tell they’ve got all kinds of filming equipment for various angles needed back here as well. A favorite scene with the young couple was filmed here in the pouring rain. I can not wait to see this o the Big Screen!

 

Run out to theaters everywhere this weekend to see THE BEST OF ME, from Relativity Media and based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, when it hits theaters on October 17th. 

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Thanks to Relativity Media for inviting me on this exciting set visit and covering my travel expenses to attend. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

About Colleen Padilla

Colleen Padilla, the founder and editor of ClassyMommy.com lives in the Philly suburbs and is a full time mom for her 2 children, Mackenzie (7) and Kyle (5). Colleen and the Classy Mommy website have been featured on Fox News, Good Morning America, The New York Times, Parenting Magazine, The New York Post, local Philadelphia ABC, CBS, and NBC programs. Colleen has appeared in a TV special about Alpha Moms on South Korea’s NBC affiliate SBS. She also co-authored The Digital Mom Handbook (HarperCollins).

Comments

  1. Such an awesome opportunity! I definitely want to see this movie.

  2. Sherry says:

    What a great experience, looks like fun thanks for sharing it with us.

  3. So cool! Can’t wait to see the movie!

  4. Julia says:

    OMG James Marsden is so cute. This movie sounds great, I’m going to have to drag my husband out to see it with me.

  5. Gina B says:

    Ooo, it sounds so good! Looks like you had a great time. I’d love to see that home and grounds too.

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