Michelle Monaghan is looking back on her career and remembering one particular on-screen moment that made her particularly nervous: kissing one of the greatest action heroes of all time.
The actress recently sat down for an interview with Collider — next to her Family plan co-star Mark Wahlberg – and talked about filming a steamy scene with Tom Cruise while on honeymoon with her husband, graphic artist and designer Peter White.
When asked which movie had her most nervous the night before filming, Monaghan didn't hesitate and said: “Mission: Impossible III, Safely. Safely. That was a great movie for me.”
“I had just gotten married and I skipped my honeymoon to start the movie right away,” she explained. “Then I remember I went to work and Tom and I had some kind of intimate scene and of course that was the first scene.”
“Then I came home from work, I was very nervous, and my husband told me, 'Don't worry, you're going to follow his example. You're going to have a great time. It's going to be wonderful.'” She explained. “I came home at the end of the day, opened the hotel room, and he said, 'How was she?' I was like, 'Oh my God, that was amazing. He was so kind. It was cool.' He's like, 'How cool is it that you were making out with Tom Cruise on our honeymoon?' Because we are fans like that.”
Recalling the unusual circumstances, Monaghan exclaimed: “That's a testament to the man I married, who has totally supported me and is excited and excited about the opportunities.”
Monaghan and White met in 2000 and married in 2005. Together, they share a 15-year-old daughter, Willow, and a 10-year-old son, Tommy.
She recalled that White was not jealous, but rather “very proud” of her for pursuing her dreams and succeeding.
“I worked hard to get that role and it was one of those things,” he said. “But I was very nervous, of course, the night before, and then I proceeded to have an incredible session with JJ (Abrams) and Tom, and I have all the respect for them and that franchise.”
“I can't believe I shared that story, but it's the truth,” he added, laughing.
As for Wahlberg's experience getting nervous, the actor said he typically feels that anxious energy at the beginning of any shoot.
“I'll have the dream where I forgot the lines, I don't have my script, there's no one there with my pages, that kind of thing,” he said. “But as soon as you do the first take, you're always like, 'Okay, let's go!' As soon as you get the first shot in the can.”
Regarding your current project, The family planWahlberg plays Dan Morgan, a former world-class assassin who leaves that world behind to focus on his wife, played by Monaghan, and their children, who don't know his secret. When someone from his past returns to kill him and threaten the life he has built, he has to take his unsuspecting family on vacation as an excuse to tie up loose ends.
Wahlberg and Monaghan recently spoke to ET about working together as a married couple on screen once again, after previously doing so in the 2016 drama Patriots Day.
According to Wahlberg, he knew immediately that Monaghan was the perfect actress for the role, with her talent for combining drama, comedy and action with wit and grace.
“I recommended her right away,” Wahlberg said. “I think there's a very fine line between action, comedy and also, you know, (my character) is able to keep this secret from his wife and not make it seem like she just doesn't realize everything.”
For Monaghan, working with Wahlberg again was an opportunity he eagerly accepted.
“I've admired Mark's work for quite some time and when I read the script and had this opportunity, I jumped at it,” he said. “I love it.”
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