Cameron Diaz reveals the scene from The Holiday that took a week to shoot

Daniella Scott
·2-min read

From Cosmopolitan

If you're anything like us the Christmas movie bingeing probably started some weeks ago. You may even be on round two, great work if so. Of course, The Holiday is a very important part of the festive viewing schedule, so we're always overjoyed when we get an extra insight into how one of our favourite Christmas movies was filmed. Well, we're in luck, earlier this week Cameron Diaz spoke about the making of the movie, revealing the particular scene that actually took an entire week to film.

You know the scene, it's at the end of the film when Diaz's character Amanda is en route to the airport to return to LA, when she suddenly shouts "Stop the car!" and sprints miles across the snowy English countryside back to the cottage to reunite with Graham (Jude Law). The scene makes up a mere few seconds of the film, but according to Diaz it took time... and pain, and she didn't know about it beforehand.

"Oh, girl. I was running, like, seven miles a day in heels," Diaz told Vulture. "That whole scene took a week to shoot. That wasn’t even in the script.

"She [Amanda] gets out of the car, and she runs back down the road to the cottage. But Nancy [Meyers] had her already a half a mile away. It was not like she got to the edge of the driveway and decided she needed to go back. She was halfway to the freaking airport. She’s almost to Heathrow, and she's like, "Stop the car." And for some reason ran back. I was like, 'Okay. Cool. Great.' Literally no idea.

Photo credit: Universal/Colombia
Photo credit: Universal/Colombia

"They only used two shots, but we shot like ten shots of me running across ten different fields. And I’m wearing that Valentino cashmere, wool trench coat, a turtleneck cashmere sweater and jeans, and my high-heeled boots. And we covered all the hillside with this fake snow, which was totally biodegradable."

"...It’s all these long shots, like really far away. I’m just this tiny little thing running in the distance. And of course, the music is blasting while I’m shooting it. So I had the tempo to which I’m running. I’m flying down this field and up this hill and down this row of trees. And the camera’s on a track, and it’s tracking me as I run through the trees. Literally, I was so fit by the end of that week. I ran probably seven miles a day in those heels."

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