Love actually writer-director Richard Curtis has revealed the answer to one of the film’s long-lingering questions: what is Julia’s job?
In the Christmas movie, which deals with the intertwined love lives of several people, most of the characters’ duties are quite clear. But Juliet’s job, who is played by Keira Knightley, has always confused viewers.
Curtis’ daughter Scarlett posted a poll on social media asking followers if they knew of Juliet’s job. 96 percent of them said no. Later, Scarlett posted a video asking her father about Juliet’s job.
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“I’m hurt you don’t know,” Curtis shared, explaining that he thought it was obvious from the set design in one particular scene.
“I think it’s very clear from the set design, while he is [Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Peter] call Andrew Lincoln [Mark]that she has worked as an interior designer for quite some time.”
“I think it’s more of a question that when we said, well, in, we’re doing this scene where she makes a phone call to Andrew Lincoln,” Curtis said, explaining how he came up with the idea.
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“Everyone panicked and said, ‘What room is she calling from?’ And I said, ‘Well, how about, maybe she’s an interior decorator, so there’s a lot of swatches and some paint colors.'”
Recently, Curtis spoke about an aspect of the film that has long been criticized: its diversity. Curtis addressed this issue in the US TV special The laughter and the secrets of love actually: 20 years later.
“There are things you would change, but thank goodness society is changing,” Curtis said.
“My film will feel old-fashioned at times. The lack of diversity makes me feel uncomfortable and a bit stupid.”