Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Amanda Loves a Fine Romance

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Amanda Loves a Fine Romance

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Byline: By Robin Walker

So far she's been a ditsy hitwoman, a trophy girlfriend, a prostitute and a drug addict.

As actress Amanda Peet builds up a more and more impressive CV of film roles, there's no chance of her being typecast.

In her latest appearance onscreen, the 33-year-old has turned her image on its head again in new romantic comedy A Lot Like Love, starring opposite Ashton Kutcher to make up a mismatched pair who take seven years to realise they're perfect for each other.

The New Yorker admits that she doesn't believe in love at first sight.

"I definitely believe in a lot of chemistry and lust at first sight," she says, "but I think love is something that takes work."

And she believes timing can be as important as chemistry: "I think timing is everything. People have to be ready and open and that is sort of what the movie is about."

A Lot Like Love begins with lust before sliding into love, as Amanda's character Emily initiates a mile-high encounter in a plane toilet with nice guy entrepreneur Oliver.

Over the years, the pair are thrown together now and then, becoming closer and closer friends. But Emily, whose cool exterior hides her real self, is convinced they wouldn't work as a couple.

The actress can understand her character's prickly side and the way she puts up defences that get in the way of her real feelings:

"The younger you are, the more interested you are in having a persona of coolness. They prefer something harder to get to as it makes them feel safer. Emily likes him despite herself and I think that's a great recipe for a romantic comedy."

But, she says, don't be fooled by the front she puts on.

"I related to the angry kind of `I'll only wear black, fancies herself to be cool and downtown and iconoclastic' attitude she has. But really, underneath, she's just a softie.

"I grew up in New York and I went through a big kind of, I don't know if I'd call it a Goth phase. I thought I was a hipster kind of artsy person, but I wasn't really," she adds. …

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