In The Other Woman, Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Kate Upton all play ladies who've been deceived by the same dude. They discover the truth and forge a unique friendship that, watching the film's trailer and interviews with the three gorgeous actresses, seems totally natural. So, are the famous blondes really friends in real life, or are we just witnessing some great marketing by three charismatic women?
It's hard to tell how authentic celebrities are in interviews, but all indications are Diaz, Mann, and Upton really seem to love being around one another. For Diaz and Mann, the connection makes perfect sense. Both are well-established, veteran actresses known for their comedic work. They're both fearless in front of the camera and will push the limits for laughs (see Mann in This is 40 and Diaz in Bad Teacher for proof).
Upton is the new kid but, as her chemistry with Mann and Diaz in The Other Woman proves, she has a goofy sense of humor and isn't afraid to poke fun at her well-known sex bomb status. She comes off as pretty down to Earth in interviews, even admitting she was embarrassed filming that slow-motion bikini scene.
"I was shooting that bikini scene and I was feeling a little uncomfortable because, even though I’m very proud of my body and I love my body, a bunch of people were staring at me... Sixty people are staring at me and you’re like, 'Alright go back to your phones let me just do my job.'"
That kind of insecurity could only have endeared the Sports Illustrated cover girl to her two co-stars. Upton continues, "They [Cameron and Leslie] could tell that I was feeling uncomfortable and they came out and ran with me so I wasn’t alone and I’ve never had that experience before. Two amazing people who didn’t even have to be on set, they could be eating their lunch, and they came on set with me and ran with me."
Want more proof the three are tight? Diaz revealed they would drink white wine between takes on set. "That’s how we got through the entire movie." Everyone knows tentative acquaintances become besties with the help of a little alcohol.
Perhaps more revealing is how the three women spent time together off set during the shoot. Diaz told E! Online, "First off, we're making a movie in New York. And then we're in the Hamptons and the Bahamas. We're staying in hotels and we're all down the hall from each other, so at night time we'd, like, go down, put makeup on and take pictures... go skinny dipping."
Not only are Mann, Diaz, and Upton getting along on set, they're acting like teenagers off it (Upton, only 21-years-old, barely has to act). Yeah, this friendship is for real.
So what did they learn from each other on the film? Mann says, "I feel like Cameron's the teacher. And I feel like Kate is also the teacher but she's also the baby and we want to protect her."
Diaz adds, " I think we all learn from each other, we really do. It's really genuine to the film which is why I think the performances read the way that they do within the friendship and why it's so important to us that the story is the film. The main story is about the friendship because that's something the three of us really care deeply about. We learned so much from each other from our strengths and weaknesses. It's why it translates so well up on the screen."
It's interesting to hear Mann describe Diaz as the "teacher" because that's how we'd imagine the dynamic of the friendship working. As the most famous of the three, it fits that Diaz would be the leader. Listening to co-star Nicki Minaj, it seems Cameron is the glue that keeps the threesome close. "Cameron is like every girl's best friend in their head, seriously. She's the best friend every girl wants because she's so smart and warm."
But Upton will probably convince you the most that she, Mann, and Diaz really connected making The Other Woman. Working on her first film and carrying the weight of the internet's drool-soaked admiration on her shoulders, Upton would've felt any dismissiveness or jealousy the deepest. But she says, "These two were so amazing when I first walked on set. They made me so comfortable. It was really great to have them for my first movie... The best thing I learned from these two is how great people they actually are and how much they really care about everyone on set and everyone around them."
So what do you think? Are they friends, faking it, or maybe just staying high off the thrill of making a gloriously fun movie together? Let us know in the comments below.