Wishful Movie Thinking…

I decided to do something fun today. One of the great things about being an author is living with the ever hopeful dream that someday–someday!–your book will be made into a movie. Wouldn’t it be amazing? I don’t let myself get too carried away with dreaming about that idea since it will probably never happen, but it is really cool to think about how absolutely amazing it would be to watch Interrupted on my television. That would definitely be a big moment in my book.

Anyway, I got a really fun question in an interview ages ago asking me who I would choose to cast as my main characters should Interrupted ever be turned into a movie. So I thought I’d share with you a few photos of what a movie version of Interrupted would look like in my head, and you have to share what you would think! (Because it’s as much your story as it is mine!)


First, let’s talk about the settings of Interrupted. I usually think of three main buildings in the book.

Allie’s Tennessee Home: The first is obviously Allie’s home in Tennessee with her mother. I don’t think I actually described the physical home in the book, but I always picture a cute little cottage in the middle of the hilly countryside, with a beautiful garden and lots of open space.

This is the perfect house, I think. Too bad it’s a painting. I’m not sure if this house actually exists or not (I’m assuming it does), but this is definitely where Allie would live. If Interrupted ever becomes a movie, I am sending the company this photo and ordering them to find this exact house. Can’t you just see Allie looking out that top window at night, writing in her notebook? And I have to believe it has a garden in the back. I choose to just believe that.

Beatrice’s Victorian Home: The second big building I think of in the book is Beatrice’s house in Maine. In the book, this is described as being from the Victorian era, and being all white, with “dozens of windows and red shutters and sharp points” . It also sits on a hill overlooking the ocean, which is a bit intimidating, I think. All in all, it’s very prim, formal, and feminine. Like this:

Definitely the kind of house that makes you want to keep your shoes on. I can see why Allie was intimidated. I think the above house would be perfect. I wonder if it overlooks the ocean?

Irene’s Diner: To tell the truth, when I was writing the book I just made up the look of the diner completely in my head. Wasn’t sure if anything like it existed in real life, but it seemed to fit in the book. So I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to find a photo online to match the description in the book. But guess what? I did!!! Check this out:

So perfect, right? Just change the sign to read “Goodey’s Diner” and add a bright pink car in the parking lot. Voila! There you have it, folks.


Now we get to the good part. Who would I cast to play all the main characters in Interrupted? Let the pickings begin…

Alcyone Everly, played by… Astrid Berges-Frisbey

Okay, so technically Astrid is a model and I’m not even sure she can act. But I heard she was in Pirates 4 (which I’ve yet to see, sadly) so she must be able to act a little. Whatever the case, she can learn. She will learn, because she was born to play Allie. When I think of Allie Everly, this is the only face I see. What do you think of our leading actress?

Sam Carroll, played by… Logan Lerman

Agh. Logan Lerman. Never mind the fact that he has those beautiful blue eyes and a knee-weakening voice. (How can a voice be attractive, you ask? I have no idea. But somehow his voice is) This decision really comes down the simple fact that Logan just is Sam. Look at him, girls. Can’t you just picture him sitting on that kitchen counter, pouring his heart out? Um, yes.

Charlie Cooper, played by… Alison Lohman

Or at least a young Alison Lohman. Because I think she’s like 32 now. But remember her in Big Fish? Take that face and add a spunky personality and you have Charlie. It’s a done deal.

Beatrice Lovell, played by… Honor Blackman

Okay, so I think that Honor Blackman is actually over 80, and Beatrice is only in her 60’s, but still. Look at that face. “A woman of age possesses much sage.” She’d be a cinch at playing Beatrice.

Irene Goodey, played by… Amy Adams

Of course Amy Adams was going to play Irene. Bubbly, ditzy red-head? That was a no-brainer, people. She’d play Irene fabulously and everyone would love her.


I think that’s just about everyone. So… What do you all think? Did I make any missteps? Anyone that you would love (or hate) to see play these characters?



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  1. * Alyson says:

    That is exactly how I pictured those characters, especially Charlie.

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 10 months ago
  2. * Jill says:

    All three settings are exactly how I pictured, especially Allie’s house. That quaint, little cottage is so perfect for Allie and her mother! And the characters are perfect, too, especially Charlie and Irene. Interrupted would actually make a good movie! 🙂

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 10 months ago
  3. * Margaret says:

    Oh, I love this! Charlie is perfect! And Amy Adams is the BEST!!! She was so good in Enchanted… I’m really hoping she’ll be a good Lois Lane, but she’d definitely be a great Irene. The diner is awesome too. If your book came out as a movie, I’d watch it. 🙂

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 10 months ago
  4. * Emily says:

    Oh my goodness. Ohmygoodnessohmygoodnessohmygoodness. I love this. I love it, I love it, I love it. I love it more. This is awesome. I’m so glad you did this, Rachel!

    And everyone… gosh, when I think about it, they are so perfect! Especially Charlie. That is so Charlie Cooper. The only one I wasn’t as excited about was Irene. I don’t know if that’s exactly how I picture her. Irene has redder hair, and her face isn’t quite that shape… it’s not quite as slim in my mind.

    I can’t believe you found a pink diner! That is unbelievable. Really. And, yeah, now looking at the picture, I really could see that as Allie’s house in Tennessee. 🙂

    And don’t worry about dreaming about it. I dream about my unfinished, unpublished books becoming movies… 😉

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 10 months ago
    • * RachelC says:

      Haha, I’m so glad you liked it, Emily! I’m so glad that everyone approves of Charlie. And it’s okay if you pictured Irene being different. That’s the beauty of books. You can imagine the characters as looking any way you want! 🙂

      | Reply Posted 5 years, 10 months ago
  5. * Skye says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who imagines my books as movies. I think you got all the characters perfect especially Allie. I thought Astrid was great in Pirates 4 though she didn’t talk much because I don’t think she knows much english. I could be wrong though. I think Interupted would make a great movie.

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 10 months ago
  6. THIS MOVIE NEEDS TO BE MADE. NOW. Even if I hadn’t already read and loved your book, I would watch this movie just for the cast! Sam – Beatrice – IRENE! oh, love Amy Adams! – they’re all so perfectly cast!

    By the way, I saw Pirates 4 twice, and Astrid doesn’t need to learn. She was the best part of the whole movie, I’m telling you! Her character was a mermaid – tough, deceptive creatures the equivalent of swimming vampires – but she was the only one with a heart. Her calloused and gentle sides were both shown so beautifully. Come to think about it, it’s a lot like Allie. 😀

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 10 months ago
    • * RachelC says:

      Yay! I’m so glad to learn that Astrid is a good actress. I probably should have looked up a clip of her acting or something before I posted this, but she just looked SO MUCH LIKE ALLIE!!!!

      | Reply Posted 5 years, 10 months ago
  7. * Sarah says:

    Oh Rachel, if only I was a real movie director! I’d make your movie. I love all things to do with movie producing and if I ever publish a book someday, I’m going to be the director for the movie 😉

    Yes, the MC of Allie is PERFECT! 😀 I saw Pirates 4 and she was great in it – a sweet, quiet little mermaid in love with one of the pirates. She was great with emotion. She was born to play Allie!

    LOGAN LERMAN! Although I hated his role as Percy Jackson, I’m excited to see him in The Perks of Being A Wallflower. His acting is very good and I could definitely picture him playing Sam! He’d do great!

    btw, Irene is also perfect! 😀

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 10 months ago
    • Sarah, I shall do my best to remain civil…. but HOW does one hate Percy? D:

      | Reply Posted 5 years, 10 months ago
    • * RachelC says:

      I wish I was a movie director, too. 😉 That way I would have complete and utter control over every aspect of my baby. 😉
      I’ve never seen Percy Jackson! I first noticed Logan in “Holes”, though, and I’ve thought he was really cool ever since then.

      | Reply Posted 5 years, 10 months ago
  8. * lilacandivy says:

    Love it, love it, love it!! 😀

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 10 months ago
  9. * Jojo says:

    Love it! Pass the popcorn….

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 10 months ago
  10. * Jenna K. says:

    I dream all the time about my story becoming a movie 😛 I even dream about the story I want to write being a movie and I haven’t even written it yet 😛

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 9 months ago
  11. I don’t know who all those people are as actors, but the faces are all perfect! It’s wonderful to have the author showing you what they look like instead of cover artists who never seem to know what color the persons hair is supposed to be.

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 9 months ago
  12. * Amanda Fischer says:

    Those people all look so perfect!! That’s almost exactly how I imagined them! Woah!

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 7 months ago
  13. * Sydney says:

    I found this picture that made me think of what I imagine Sam and Allie’s wedding picture looking like. It’s so cute!! 🙂

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 2 months ago
  14. * Mikayla H says:

    Everyone but Irene and Sam were perfect, I just imagined Sam a lot less cute.

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 2 months ago
    • * Sydney says:

      *Gasp*! Sam not cute?!

      | Reply Posted 5 years, 2 months ago
  15. * Mikayla H says:

    I didn’t say he wasn’t cute, I just didn’t imagine him THAT cute.

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 2 months ago

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