Ryan and Rachel did end up dating for a few years, during which time they were followed by the paparazzi and fans wherever they went.
A lot of studios wouldn’t have had the courage to put two relatively unknown people in a movie like this. ” VH1 spoke with Cassavetes about choosing two emerging stars to helm his project, finding ways to make his actors get along on-set, working with his mother (Gena Rowlands) and more. I smoked a cigarette and everybody came out like, “All right let’s do this.” And it got better after that, you know? I think Ryan respected her for standing up for her character and Rachel was happy to get that out in the open. When Allie spends the afternoon at the Windsor Plantation with Noah, they go for a boat ride — which is really just long, gorgeous foreplay before they spend the night together.
Ten years later it remains one of the most iconic love stories of the 21st century, cherished by pre-teen girls and celebrities alike.
Back in 2004, though, studios and moviegoers weren’t as quick to anoint the Nicholas Sparks adaptation as a success.
Former star Ryan Gosling was handpicked by director Nick Cassavetes to play passionate, lovestruck Noah, while newcomer Rachel Mc Adams arrived via an audition.
“When I told [New Line Cinema] I wanted to hire Ryan for the lead, they kind of looked at me like I was out of my mind,” Cassavetes told VH1.