When Richard Curtis first saw Martine McCutcheon on screen, he knew she was what he wanted for his movie. The part of Natalie was written specifically for her and in the first drafts, the character’s name was Martine.
Just before McCutcheon auditioned for the part, he changed the name to Natalie as he didn’t want her to think she got the part before even completing the reading.
Is There Such a Thing as Too Good?
In "Love Actually" Olivia Olson plays Joanna, the talented young singer who breaks little Sam's heart. She was praised for her performance in the movie singing "All I Want for Christmas Is You," however, recording the song wasn't as easy as you might think.
Her act was so good, that the producer felt no one would believe a ten-year-old could sing that way. He asked her to record the song, in a less perfect way. It's not you, it's me.
Inspired by a True Life Prime Minister
David wouldn't have been David if it wasn't for Sir Edward Richard George Heath, AKA Ted Heath, who served as England's Prime Minister between 1970 and 1974. Hugh Grant's character was inspired by him as he was known to be an ever-single bachelor who never married.
Prime Minister Daniel gives the impression that he too is not made of marriage material and when he does finally fall for Natalie, in a way, it breaks all conventions.
In one memorable scene, Jamie's work pages are hit by strong wind and disappear into the distance beyond the nearby lake. Those pages were a part of a novel he was writing and meant the world to him. Aurélia was there to the rescue. She stripped her clothes off and ran into the water, saving the day, and the wet pages.
When writing the scene, it was debated what should Aurélia wear underneath her sweater. More than 20 sets of underwear were considered and it took almost a whole hour to call the final set.
When Juliet comes over to Mark's place to view the wedding footage, Curtis sprinkles clues to Mark's obsession around the apartment. As we recall, Mark is Peter's best man and best friend who holds a well-kept secret from his friend and his fiancee.
A videotape of Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window (1954) is seen in the apartment. One of the main themes in Hitchcock's movie is voyeurism, which is what Mark was doing with Juliet without her knowing about it. Until she watched his filming of the wedding, that is.