Extras in any movie can be made of young actors pursuing their 15 min of background fame and they can be just by-passers who happen to be in the right place at the right time. On some occasions, extras can also be family. Really close family.
Emma Freud (scrip editor and Curtis’s partner in life) recruited her own mother to play the housekeeper at the beginning of the movie when Hugh Grant arrives at Downing Street. And the girl in the Mini Lobster costume? Well, that was her daughter Scarlett. It’s best to keep the extras close.
Whitty Wooden Companion
There are numerous scenes where Liam Neeson (Daniel) is shown with a toothpick in his mouth. At first, it seems that all Curtis wanted was to spice up the plot with a little authenticity, however, it was Neeson's old habits that brought the pick onto the set.
Neeson was a heavy smoker and said farewell to his habit not long before starting to shoot the movie. Having a toothpick in hand helped him go through the first difficult stages of giving up smoking so the little wooden companion became part of his character.
And Then There Was One
The initial script of the movie was actually two stories. The first was with Hugh Grant playing the role of David as eventually shown. The other was with Colin Firth playing the lead role, however, he eventually ended up with the part of Jamie, the heartbroken writer.
While writing the script, Curtis felt that he was falling back into his comfort zone. He said, "I’d worked out whole films on those subjects, and then I thought, I don’t want to do these because they are just turning out to be a shape I know". He ultimately went with the Grant version of the movie and sewed in Jamie's character to perfection.
The Movie Sale
Could you imagine having the opportunity to buy the cast's wardrobe after filming? The "Love Actually" cast was fortunate enough to do so. When the shooting of the movie was completed, the entire wardrobe used in the movie was up for sale. But not for anyone — it was preserved for the cast only.
Emma Freud said that she still wears clothes she bought back then and has sentimental feelings for them. One day clothes worn by Grant and Thompson will be worth a small fortune.
It's Getting Crowded
There is one thing that can interrupt shooting a movie and that is the crowds. And when filming in London it can get pretty crowded. To avoid the screaming fans, most of the scenes were shot during dark hours in many landmarks around the capital.
Trafalgar Square, Somerset House, and St. Paul's Cathedral are only some of the places on the list. There is even one scene in Selfridges, London's most popular department store (if not THE most popular) when Harry purchases a neckless for Mia his mistress.