Hanging Out On Set of The Longest Ride + Cast Interviews

The Longest Ride Set
20th Century Fox invited me on an expenses-paid set visit to North Carolina for Nicholas Sparks’ new movie, The Longest Ride, in theaters April 10.

Last year I had the amazing opportunity to go to beautiful North Carolina and go on set of The Longest Ride. Now, just in case you don’t know what I am talking about, it’s a novel by the amazingly taleted writer Nicholas Sparks that is being made into a movie. That movie will star Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson in a romantic tale that will have you crying the ugly cry…mostly in a good way. I was so excited to be invited to the set as I was an instant fan of the book. While on set we had the chance to chat with Nicholas Sparks, Scott Eastwood (Luke), Britt Robertson (Sophia), Marty Bowen (producer) and George Tillman Jr (director) to get the inside scoop.

Chatting With Scott Eastwood

One of the first things I noticed about the set is how very well they did picking a location that fit in my minds eye, when I read the book. Everything from the house down the gravel road with old bridge, was sheer perfection and I literally felt like I was stepping into the book.

The Longest Ride Book

Before going on set we had a chance to eat some lunch and see a few of the buildings that you will see in the movie. We also had the chance to sit down with “The Longest Ride” author, Nicholas Sparks.

Set and Lunch For The Longest RideNicholas Sparks

“It varies. My amount of involvement varies from film to film. This one, I’m a producer, so pretty extensively involved throughout the process. I’ve also written screenplays and am very involved early on, and then less involved once the filming begins. I’m always involved in the marketing and the end. Everything after the cameras stop rolling, I’m very involved in. So, whether I write, I produce, or just step back and sell it, really comes down to a function of my time. It’s just what’s on the agenda and what we are trying to do”

~Nicholas Sparks on how involved he is during filming

After lunch, we headed on set to watch a scene being filmed. Here are a few of the photos I snapped during our time on set:

Luke's House on The Longest Ride
Longest Ride On Set
Director Chairs on set of The Longest Ride

The set was stunning, and that’s not really even giving it credit. The area in North Carolina was the perfect back drop. I loved watching Scott and Britt as they acted the horseback riding scene. It’s truly insane how many takes they have to do, even when the take is perfect. They are truly committed to their jobs that’s for sure! They did not slow down at all and our interviews with Scott, Britt, Marty, and George actually had to happen between takes. Each of them were such a joy to interview and Scott and Britt were perfectly cast for the roles of Luka and Sophia.

The Longest Ride

There’s nothing better than finding those young love stories when everything seems perfect, and the only thing that matters is, are they or are they not going to be together. In the case of Luke Collins [played by Scott Eastwood], he has a vice that is putting his life on the back of something that could kill him at any moment. And for me, that’s a metaphor for anything that we do in our lives that isn’t necessarily good for us.
~Producer Marty Bowen on why he loves love stories and how our choices affect those we love

I think what makes a director is when you can learn from the actors. And I was learning very early through the chemistry tests and through each other’s interpretation of the scenes what worked and what not.
~George Tillman Jr. on directing The Longest Ride

The Longest Ride Movie Photos

It was nice. I really responded to the character in the book. He’s kind of a man of few words, and he’s kind of a no-bulls*** kind of guy, and I like that.
~Scott Eastwood on his first reaction to his character, Luke.

Jumping in the lake. But I was so nervous of messing up because one chance of me going from dry to wet. I was so nervous that by the time I got into the water, I couldn’t even breathe between the coldness and the anxiety of like getting wet. The more fun scenes for me are the more challenging ones.
~Britt Robertson on the funnest scene she shot.


I have much more interview from Marty, George, Britt, and Scott that I will definitely make sure to share as it closer to the release date of the movie! Plus I’ll have a Nicholas Sparks signed copy of The Longest Ride book, to giveaway as we get closer to the movie release.

About The Longest Ride

Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Nicholas Sparks, THE LONGEST RIDE centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world.  As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple.  Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, THE LONGEST RIDE explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love. The Longest Ride hits theaters on April 10. Be sure to get your tickets when they go on sale.

Starring: Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin, and Alan Alda
Directed by: George Tillman, Jr.

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Toni is a professional lifestyle blogger living on the sunny Florida Gulf Coast. She has a passion for Disney, Travel, Fashion, Cooking, Tech, Family Fun Ideas, Reviews, Giveaways and loves being able to share that with her readers!

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