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In addition to shooting narrative scenes across the country, the filmmakers were also shooting the documentary portions of the film. Charlyne interviewed people all over America, asking them about love and getting people to tell their own best and worst love stories. They wanted to get as balanced a picture of love as they could, so their targeted interview subjects cast a very wide net.

 "We knew we wanted a wide range of people,” says Nick, "so we created a list before we started shooting anything: married, divorced, kids, Las Vegas ministers. We tried to get as wide a range as possible.” 

The producers hired casting director Eileen Kennedy to find the film's documentary subjects. After a few weeks of Los Angeles-based research, Eileen traveled ahead of the crew to pre-screen people with diverse stories and backgrounds. 

Eileen, a stranger to these new towns, asked whoever she came upon for hints and clues about finding people who were willing to open up and be filmed. 

She then sent her recorded encounters via email to Nick and Charlyne, and from there they chose their subjects. Finding herself in the Barbara Walters chair, Charlyne is still surprised and fascinated by the varied, touching, and surprising stories she heard on the road. More than anything, the filmmakers all were incredibly surprised, unprepared for, and utterly thrilled at just how candid and honest their subjects would be. 

Charlyne is still shocked at how easily some of them opened up. "I don't know what made them trust me,” she says. "Maybe because I was more nervous than they were.” 

From couples who have been together for 50 years, to a widower wondering if he'd lost the one love of his life, the filmmakers were consistently taken off guard by the intimacy of the interviews.  

"I was really surprised at what they'd share,” says Jake. "We would go into their homes, take over their living room for a day, ask them these unbelievably personal questions, and they would just get into it and share it.” 

What made it so special was that the filmmakers always found themselves actually interested in listening, and there was a never-ending reservoir of opinions on the subject of love, just as Charlyne had predicted in her earliest dreams of the film. 

"We actually wanted to hear what they had to say,” says Jake. "And everyone had an opinion about love. 

"There were some actual interviews we didn't put in the movie where things would get very real and sad,” continues Jake, "and it was awkward trying to watch Charlyne deal with a really heartfelt interview.” And there were a few interviews that weren't planned. For instance, at one point the crew ended up at a hotel directly across from a biker bar. 

Nick and Charlyne scoped the place out themselves that very night, terrified, but the two of them quickly made friends with the bikers, who were then willing to go along for the ride and be filmed. Charlyne says, "With the bikers, we were really happy how their love was like family. Love is so different per person.” 

One of the most entertaining parts of the movie is a series of interviews done with kids on an Atlanta area playground; it was something completely developed on the fly. 

Says Charlyne, "I got out to the playground and Nick was like, ‘Go make friends with them.' I was like, ‘How am I supposed to make friends with them? What if they think I'm just some creep, you know?' He said, ‘Go play with them,' and I was like, ‘Hmm. Yeah. Go play with them.' So I ran up to one of them and was like, ‘Tag! You're it!' They all just instantly clicked and wanted to play tag. The cool thing with kids is

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