Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough Talk 'Safe Haven'

Duhamel tells Celebuzz that he didn’t wanted his character to seem gullible, even when co-star Julianne Hough hides her mysterious past from him.

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In Safe Haven, Josh Duhamel plays a shop owner in a sleepy North Carolina town who falls for a mysterious newcomer, played by Julianne Hough.

Their fledgling romance is disturbed when her past catches up with her, revealing buried secrets and placing both of them – much less their relationship – in great danger.

Despite the perils of finding new love, not to mention with a woman on the run from unspoken troubles in her past, Duhamel says that he was most concerned that his character would come across as a clueless rube when sh*t starts getting real.

“I don’t want to be dumb,” Duhamel tells Celebuzz. “I want to know that this guy is a little bit curious as to how she ended up here -- and why.

"He wants to believe that it’s really happening, so that he is kind of smacked upside the head when he finds out she’s not who she says she is.”

Hough, meanwhile says that she struggled to find the right balance between the blossoming romance between their characters, and the dark secrets that drive her to hide out in his seaside alcove.

“I think the hard part for me was finding the balance of being guarded,” she says. “Having the wall up, being mysterious, and yet still being likeable. How is this guy going to fall in love with this girl who’s not letting him in?”

Hough also says that the film’s more serious issues, including domestic abuse, challenged her to be respectful even as she embraced the melodrama of the story. “There were a lot of layers to Katie,” Hough says.

“Unfortunately domestic abuse is huge, and it shouldn’t be. So there was a lot of responsibility to make sure I was doing that part justice. You want people to know that everybody deserves to be happy, and deserves love in their life.”

Safe Haven opens in theaters nationwide on February 14. Watch Celebuzz’ exclusive video interview with Duhamel and Hough, and then let us know in the comments section below – how eager are you to see this thriller-romance, and why?

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