Roundtable Interview

                                    Nicholas Sparks, Writer

                                    Scott Eastwood & Britt Robertson, Stars

                                    ďThe Longest RideĒ

                                    Dallas , Texas , April 1, 2015



Britt Robertson:  Are there enough chairs for everyone?  I like sitting in a little circle like this, it feels more intimate (than the Q and A last night at the theater after the screening).

Also, I want to shake hands with each of you, if thatís OK.

(Handshakes all around)

Nicholas Sparks: So, Iím told that we only have a few minutes here, so Iím going to have to ask for just one question from everyone.  OK?

Britt Robertson (to Nicholas Sparks) Oh, nothing like taking charge, right?

(laughter all around)

Presbyterian Outlook:  I guess Iím the token old guy in the group here.  So naturally, I identified with the Alan Alda character, the one who was married forever.  Personally, Iíve been married 46 years, with the love of my life, and I just wondered, is that the goal here?  To celebrate that unique relationship where your significant other is the one love of your life?

Nicholas Sparks:  Yes, we certainly wanted to celebrate love, but personally, I think love can come in all kinds of ways.  Certainly, in the movie, Ira and Ruthís long-term relationship was a model for Luke and Sophia.  But I believe that love is what life is all about, in the sense of whatever it is youíre passionate about.  And it could be your spouse, or your career, or your dog, or your neighbors---anything, really, but without that, life would be pretty boring.  Itís really about finding your passion.

Scott Eastwood:  Though the movie business doesnít exactly make it easy for people to stay in long-term relationships, itís something Iíve always thought I would like to have.  Settle down some day, maybe raise a family.  And of course that would need to be with the right person.

Britt Robertson:  Itís something Iíve always wanted for myself, but so far it hasnít happened yet.  I agree with Scott that this business doesnít make it easy, but itís not impossible.  Iím really hoping for that.

PO :  Well, Iím hoping for you.  And since Iím a Christian, Iíll even promise to pray for you!

Britt Robertson: (smiles) Youíre going to make me cry now.  I would really appreciate that.  Thank you.


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