Josh Duhamel Reveals Insider Movie Actor Truths

Life As We Know It: Katherine Heigl, Clagett triplet, Josh Duhamel

Josh Duhamel, who has “Life as We Know It” opening Oct. 8, says working with kids isn’t so bad.  He stars with not only Katherine Heigl and Josh Lucas in the rom com, but also with the precocious Clagett triplets as the baby.

“We got lucky because there were three of them,” he tells Entertainment Weekly, in a wide-ranging interview in the issue hitting stands tomorrow (10/1). “Brooke was the little starlet.  Brynn was the feisty little one—you never knew what you’d get.  And then there was little Lexie,  who without a doubt every time on set would just scream bloody murder—which comes in handy in a movie like this because there’s a lot of moments when you need a baby to cry.”

Josh also dishes the inside skinny on such need-to-know actor truths as imbibing before shooting a scene in really cold water.  In his current, limited release flick “The Romantics,” his groom-to-be character is seen taking a drunken dip in the ocean with pals. The lesson of the nighttime shoot, he tells EW:  “It’s irresponsible NOT to drink whiskey before you jump into the Atlantic in December.”

And, on working with director Michael Bay, with whom he’s currently shooting the third ‘Transformers” film: “I learned to stay out of his way…Just to be there and do as you’re told and shut up.”

And then there are Duhamel’s notes on taking realism too far.  Recalling the filming of his 2006 “Turistas,” about kidnapped American tourists, he reveals:  “We had the bright idea to go barefoot, like [the bad guys] stole our shoes, too! Like, ‘Let’s make this s- – – real!’ About half a day into shooting we realized it was a huge mistake, but we couldn’t go back because we had already shot a bunch of stuff.”  Ouch.

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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