HOLLYWOOD, CA (WECT) - The movie, Safe Haven, opened to a lot of fanfare in Hollywood Tuesday night. The film and its stars were in the spotlight for the Hollywood premiere of the film.
Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel, both looking stunning, were showered with flashes from the shutterbugs.
Ryan Seacrest, who dates Hough, also made a quick appearance outside the theater.
Author Nicholas Sparks was there promoting the film outside the world-famous Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. This marks the eighth time a book of his has been adapted for the silver screen.
His book was based in Southport and led to the film being shot there.
Actor David Lyons, who is in this film and in NBC's Revolution, said he fell in love with Southport. He thinks this movie is going to be huge for the town.
"Southport is such big character in this film," he said. "I think it's going to draw a lot of people to Southport because everywhere we shot is so beautiful. Everywhere you point a camera is beautiful and hopefully, the people of North Carolina will really appreciate it."
He said he continues to visit the small town.
"I still go down there quite a bit," he said. "What's not to fall in love with? It's beautiful."
About seeing the project on the silver screen, Lyons said, "It's been beautifully intense. At the heart of it, I've come away with some really great friends. The guys that I've done this with are really incredible people."
Even the show's smallest stars are gushing about being a part of the project.
Mimi Kirkland, 8, who is a Raleigh native, is enjoying her very first time on the red carpet.
"When I look at myself on the big screen I'm going to be shrinking in my chair - like, oh my gosh - that's me!" she exclaimed.
After they were rushed down the press line, in front of dozens of national entertainment media outlets, the stars and their special guests went into the theater to watch the film.
We spotted some familiar faces in the crowd - Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and Aaron Syrett, from the North Carolina Film Office, scored tickets. Both are in LA this week trying to bring more projects like Safe Haven to our region.
After seeing the movie, Syrett said, "Southport looked amazing. Our crew should be really proud of their work. And Mimi - wow - I think we will be seeing her in more soon."
While this was the Hollywood premiere for the film, it doesn't open nationwide until February 14, Valentine's Day.
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