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By Leilani

LifeBuzz Staff

20 Things You NEVER Knew About ‘The Notebook.’

It’s been 12 years since the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks's The Notebook first came out, but many of us remember seeing it in theaters like it was yesterday. I was a young teen then, and snagged passes to a preview screening, which felt like winning the lottery at the time.

The leads Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, who later struck up a real-life romance, have since parted ways. Although Gosling is now rated among Hollywood’s most attractive, his earlier years were marked by his ability to fit into more alternative roles. McAdams had some exposure, but not much. The film could have been a flop, but these two dark horses under the direction of Nick Cassavetes added a refreshing take on a predictable romance between a rich girl and poor boy.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, we recommend watching or re-watching the film. To get you in the mood, we've put together a list of fun facts! Ah, to be young and in love.

#1. The Notebook was actually the third book Nicholas Sparks wrote and his first to get published as a single author (he had co-written another with Billy Mills). Literary agent Theresa Park found his novel in a slush pile. As a result, Sparks received a million dollar advance and when the book came out in October 1996, it hit the New York Times Best Seller list in its first week.

The Notebook was actually the third book Nicholas Sparks wrote and his first to get published as a single author (he had co-written another  with Billy Mills). Literary agent Theresa Park found his novel in a slush pile. As a result, Sparks received a million dollar advance and when the book came out in October 1996, it hit the New York Times Best Seller list in its first week.

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#2. Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling were born in the same hospital and grew up near London in Ontario, Canada, but didn't meet until this project.

Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling were born in the same hospital and grew up near London in Ontario, Canada, but didn't meet until this project.

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#3. In an interview, Ryan Gosling said, "It's really Rachel's movie... it's a car she's driving. We met a lot of actresses, and they were all very good, but I think the difference was that they were all kind of asking us what we thought and I don't know anything about women. And I know Nick (the director) doesn't know anything about women." Rachel didn't ask any questions at the audition and just blew them away.

In an interview, Ryan Gosling said, "It's really Rachel's movie... it's a car she's driving. We met a lot of actresses, and they were all very good, but I think the difference was that they were all kind of asking us what we thought and I don't know anything about women. And I know Nick (the director) doesn't know anything about women." Rachel didn't ask any questions at the audition and just blew them away.

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#4. The director explained, "We went around with a video camera, and we just looked up people that were working and interrupted them from their movies. And some of them were really, really, really great, but when Ms. McAdams came in and read, it was apparent that she was the one."

The director explained, "We went around with a video camera, and we just looked up people that were working and interrupted them from their movies. And some of them were really, really, really great, but when Ms. McAdams came in and read, it was apparent that she was the one."

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#5. Gosling on McAdams in another interview: "We didn't rehearse a lot. We weren't going to make the movie when were auditioning. Rachel was the last girl to audition. She just took the room. She not only was very talented, but she also had a lot of opinions. She wasn't going to be swayed or manipulated. That certainly was the appeal for me."

Gosling on McAdams in another interview: "We didn't rehearse a lot. We weren't going to make the movie when were auditioning. Rachel was the last girl to audition. She just took the room. She not only was very talented, but she also had a lot of opinions. She wasn't going to be swayed or manipulated. That certainly was the appeal for me."

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