Quotes From The Roundtable Interview

                        Michiel Huisman, star of “The Age Of Adaline”

                        Dallas, Texas, April 15, 2015


One of the things that I really like about acting is the opportunity to say just the right line at just the right time.  When she asks him for something she can hold on to, he says to her, “Let Go.”  And it was just the right thing to say to her, because of her trying to let go of all that held her back from him.


And when Ellis’ Dad asks him why he loves her, Ellis says, “Because without her nothing else makes sense.”  And that was another time when my character gets to say just the right thing at just the right time.


Working with Harrison Ford was amazing.  After the first ten minutes, when I got over being starstruck, I realized how intense he was in every scene.  Fortunately, I had an opportunity to bond with him over an espresso coffee machine, which relaxed me enough to do my job.  But around him I always felt challenged to step up my game.


Blake Lively was a delight to work with; she has such a fine sense of fashion and style, and she brought that to the role.  I also think that Ellis being such an old soul himself is what helped them connect to each other.  I particularly enjoyed the scene where she walks into the lobby of my residence and talks to the guard there, over the phone, about how sorry she is that she spurned me and she wants another chance.  I thought she did great in that scene.


The part about the music being important is actually true.  I live in New Orleans , and have developed a great appreciation for the musical tradition there.  Life’s too short to be around bad music.  And of course Blake’s character says as much, as well.


I just think this was a great romantic tale, and I enjoyed doing it because most of my other roles have had something dark in them, and the character of Ellis was just so pure and gentle, but still manly.  Almost like channeling Cary Grant or something.  I enjoyed that role, and felt really good playing it, but I wouldn’t want to be typecast there, either.  An actor always wants a little variety.


I know it would make sense for me to live in L.A., in a way, because that’s where the studios are, but you know, things aren’t really filmed there that often, so I would have to go somewhere else for a shoot, and fortunately I’ve had a lot of work lately, so I wouldn’t really be there, anyway.  But I’m glad to live somewhere, like New Orleans , where I can put some roots down, and so can my family.


Thanks for your time, it’s been a pleasure talking with you.


Dr. Ronald P. Salfen is the Supply Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Kaufman , Texas