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"I have to not take myself too seriously and I have to realise that if it is meant to be, it will be."
Harmony for Teresa Palmer and Mark Webber on L.A. Set

Actors Mark Webber and Teresa Palmer started their collaboration over email. Wrote, produced, and starred in a feature about an entertainment industry marriage. Had a son and got married. Who says independent film is a dead end?

The couple, whose “The Ever After” had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival June 12, said the experience was surprisingly conflict-free.

“It was challenging at some points—but in a good way,” Webber told Backstage. “We both really held each other accountable and pushed each other. I think we always do a really good job of communicating with one another.”

They aren’t the first performers to end up married after being in a similar onscreen relationship. But their low-budget independent film, which they partly shot in their Los Angeles home, was more of a labor of love than, say, “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.”

“Mark really understands the vulnerability you have when you’re on set,” said Palmer, who’s reportedly in line for the female lead in the “Point Break” remake. “He knew exactly how to direct me in a gentle, beautiful way. It ended up being a really seamless collaboration.”

“The Ever After,” which the couple made for a budget of around $250,000, opens off with a montage of Thomas (Webber) and Ava (Palmer) going from clubbing to a seaside marriage ceremony. It then cuts to years later when the couple has a daughter and a relationship that’s starting to unravel.

“We wanted to explore what it was like to be a married couple and to bring it on screen and see the peaks and valleys of what that is,” said Palmer, whose character is grappling with being a former actor turned stay-home mom.

“There are some parallels,” she said. “We draw from my own personal experiences of being an actor, but I play a schizophrenic woman and that’s certainly not something I deal with in my everyday life.”

Meanwhile, Joshua Leonard, who has a small, but sinister role in “The Ever After,” said production center festivals like Tribeca and Los Angeles are still relevant in the digital age.

“Mark [Webber] and I met on the festival circuit. Most of my closest collaborators and comrades I met on the festival circuit,” said Leonard, a famed independent film actor whose career started with “The Blair Witch Project.”

“I don’t know from a utilitarian, distribution angle, but from a getting out and meeting your audience and meeting your fellow filmmakers [angle], I think it’s a fantastic forum.”