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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."
Talking love and ‘The Notebook’ with ‘The Choice’ stars

“The Choice,” which hits theaters Friday, is the 11th Nicholas Sparks novel to be adapted for screen.

Like its predecessors, which include “The Lucky One,” “Safe Haven,” “The Last Song,” and “Dear John,” the latest film has all of the hallmarks of a Sparks melodrama. There are the two shiny leads who find one another near the beautiful North Carolina shoreline. There’s a love story followed by a horrible accident. There are pickup trucks. Dogs. Tears. Fights. Seashells. Pledging love against all odds.

Last week, the stars of “The Choice,” Teresa Palmer (“Warm Bodies”) and Benjamin Walker (“In the Heart of the Sea”), were in town to promote the movie, which follows Travis and Gabby, a veterinarian and a medical student, who must make two big decisions about love and loss. First, their characters must decide whether to leave their partners for each other. Then, after Gabby is in a terrible accident, Travis must decide whether to give up hope and let go. With Sparks, the audience knows that no matter how the story ends, there will be quotable lines and many tears.

Q. Can we start by talking about Nicholas Sparks? He’s sort of a cult.

Walker: If you mean the cult of love…

Q. I do. And tragedy.

Walker: [Laughs] That’s love.

Q. Had you read his books before this project?

Palmer: I had only watched the movies. But I had watched all of the movies. I’ve seen every single one of them.

Q. Do you have a favorite?

Palmer: Well, “The Notebook.” I was very obsessed with “The Notebook.” I had a very unhealthy obsession.

Q. “The Notebook” set a bar for fan obsession. Benjamin, have you seen “The Notebook,” and if so, what did you think of it? Did you fall for it — or roll your eyes?

Palmer: I screened it for everyone.

Walker: [Laughs] I am confident enough in my masculinity to [say], yes, I love it, I want them to be together. When they’re frustrated and in pain, I’m frustrated and in pain.

Palmer: That’s why he cried in the screening.

Walker: Yes, I did. Like a child. [Quotes “The Notebook.”] “Every day.”

Palmer: “I wrote you every day for a year. You wrote me?”

Q. What is it about this material that is so addictive and quotable? Why do so many people connect with these stories?

Palmer: I think that’s the key — you say “connect.” I think the reason why people can connect to these movies is that these characters are grounded in humanity. All of them have flaws, and the way Gabby and Travis get into a relationship is through infidelity, and there’s some pretty messy stuff going on between them. And that’s what I love about Nicholas Sparks — he speaks to the humanity of people. The peaks and valleys of life. Not just everything sugar-coated and shiny.

Q. Did you get to meet him? Did he hang on set?

Palmer: I’d say he was probably there for four or five days. He really just trusts in the casting process and completely gave his characters over to us. He’s just really relaxed, really unaffected by it all.

Walker: Part of it is that he trusts the story that he’s written. If we stay true to that, you kind of can’t miss.

Q. Sparks movies often have great older actors who play the parents. In “The Lucky One” it’s Blythe Danner. And for “The Choice,” you guys get Tom Wilkinson. When you signed on, did you know he’d be a part of this project?

Walker: He took the job like two days before he had to shoot a scene. It was a huge breath of fresh air. Because you just know that in his hands, it’s going to be something special. And those supporting characters have to be so fully fleshed out, and it takes an actor like Tom to do that.

Q. The audience for these films is predominately female, so, Teresa, you become the vessel for this romantic experience. That puts the pressure on you, Benjamin, to be the perfect hot guy, playing with puppies — the object of our affection.

Walker: I’m glad I didn’t think of that while we were shooting.

Q. They do give you all the tools…

Walker: I’ve got a boat. I’ve got a dog. I’ve got a great truck…

Q. Did you have any hesitations about taking a role like this?

Walker: What would be the hesitation?

Q. That you become the hot dude with the puppies. I imagine that if you called [“The Notebook” star] Ryan Gosling, he might tell you a few negatives about taking this kind of role.

Walker: [Laughs] Poor Ryan Gosling.

Q. Life must be tough for him.

Walker: I just try hard not to think about it. This is exciting to me because I got to work with Teresa and to make something that I am proud of. We took something that’s already established and did something refreshing and new with it.

Q. I was surprised that one of the choices in this story is a medical choice — about whether to keep someone on life support. Will people perceive this as a film about what we should do in a hospital? Is there a message here?

Palmer: Oh, I don’t think so.

Walker: It’s a story about these two very specific people. It’s not a moralistic tale that people need to read into and apply to their own lives. I hope when you leave the movie, you call the people you love and tell them you love them. It’s a gentle reminder to take care of the people you love.