Letters to Juliet Secretary Interview
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Christopher Egan and Vanessa Redgrave
Director: Gary Winick
Genre: Romance, Drama
Running Time: 105 minutes
When a young American travels to the city of Verona, home of the star-crossed lover Juliet Capulet of Romeo and Juliet fame, she joins a group of volunteers who respond to letters to Juliet seeking advice about love. After answering one letter dated 1951, she inspires its author to travel to Italy in search of her long-lost love and sets off a chain of events that will bring a love into both their lives unlike anything they ever imagined.
Review: Letters to Juliet is an all round delightful and fun film filled with glorious romance and enjoyable characters. The genre of romance is loved by everyone, male or female and our guilty pleasure is easily fulfilled with this romantic and funny film.
Amanda Seyfried provides an amazing portrayal of Sophie, a young girl who believes in true love. Whilst Australian, Christopher Egan, is adorable in his clumsy character of Charlie, English accent and all!
The breathtaking scenery of Italy and equally as gorgeous surrounding locations steal the show. I dream of jumping on a plane, heading to Italy, and being a secretary to Juliet, one day...
Audio commentary with Director Gary Winick and actress Amanda Seyfried
The making of Letters to Juliet: In Italia
A courtyard in Verona
Deleted and extended scenes
Letters to Juliet
If there is one movie you buy this year, Letters to Juliet would be the Editor's Pick!
Interview with Ester Tome
The secretaries are (from left to right): Barbara Vallani, Stefania Bua, Elena Marchi, Giovanna Tamassia, Giada Metrangolo and Ester Tomè.
Question: What is a typical day like for you as one of Juliet's secretaries?
Ester Tome: In the morning I go to the University and then in my free time, in the afternoon, I write as Juliet's secretary and I read the letters from Germany, America and Australia because I answer in English.
Question: Could you share with us one of your replies, to a letter, from today?
Ester Tome: I have a very interesting letter, from today, from a girl named Natalie. Natalie told me that in the summer, she met a boy, but only for a week and then the boy went away for a vacation, for the summer. After two weeks, on vacation, he said he is no longer in love with her and she is upset and so she asked Juliet to help her.
I told her not to give up and to try and understand if the boy is afraid of their relationship or if he could like another girl, maybe. I suggested that she try again because I understand that she is really in love with him and in my opinion she has to fight to have him.
Natalie's letter was very interesting, for me, because I understand that she was really in love, with the boy. Natalie also told me that the boy, before the vacation, was in love with her too, so in my option they have to try to be together, again.
Question: How many letters would you respond to, daily?
Ester Tome: Not a lot, I answer four or five, per day.
Question: What do you enjoy most about your work?
Ester Tome: I like that I can feel the power of love again, in people. Now days you see that people have family problems because of divorce and so on. If you read the letters you understand that people still believe in love and people are happy together. Sometimes people write only to say thanks that they have their wife, or their husband, or their loved one and that they're happy together. You can feel that love is still alive from the letters.
Question: Why do woman and men write to Juliet to ask questions of love?
Ester Tome: Most probably because they think that only Juliet can understand their feelings of love.
Question: How long have you been one of Juliet's secretaries?
Ester Tome: Two years, I love feeling the love.
Question: Do you have a story of true love, to share?
Ester Tome: Yes, I have a letter that explained that a man and a woman could not be together, for political reasons and there was a war. After five years the man wrote to Juliet to tell her that he was still in love with his wife, even though it had been five years since he had seen his wife. This letter was very touching, true love.
Question: Are you honored that your job was portrayed, worldwide, in Letter's to Juliet?
Ester Tome: Yes! I haven't seen the movie as of yet because it has not been screened in Italian cinemas.
For more information about the Juliet club, please see: www.julietclub.com
* From left to right in the photo, the secretaires are: Barbara Vallani, Stefania Bua, Elena Marchi, Giovanna Tamassia, Giada Metrangolo and Ester Tomè.