Life as We Know It is a romantic comedy about a man and woman (Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel) who become guardian of their mutual friends’ baby when the parents are killed in an auto accident. The pair, now sharing their friends’ house, have nothing in common but a mutual dislike for each other and a love of little Sophie.
Because of the limitations of filming infants and small children, identical twins are often used to play one very young character. With Life, the film’s creators found charming identical triplets — Alexis, Brynn and Brooke Clagett, born in May 2008 — to play Sophie.
“We thought, ‘Let’s increase our odds of getting all of the different emotions we need by having three babies play one,” says producer Barry Josephson.
And, as often happens on film sets, the babies brought out the best in the cast. “The wonderful thing about working with babies is just how natural they force all the other actors, and everybody around them, to be,” director Greg Berlanti notes. “I think it brought a wonderful sense of realism to the scenes.”
The timing of the shoot was particularly happy for Heigl, who had recently adopted a Korean orphan. “I was literally experiencing new motherhood on film at the same time I was experiencing it in my own life,” she says.
She adds that she wasn’t sure how she would relate to the triplets, “but by the time we got to their last day and we had to say goodbye, I almost started crying. I had grown so attached to them.”
“Life As We Know It” is now showing on Video On Demand. Check your cable system for availability.
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