At the press conference for Warner Bros.’ new romantic comedy Valentine’s Day, some people who attended wanted to know more than just about the movie – they needed serious relationship advice and thought they’d ask the panel of celebrities, who were in Beverly Hills promoting their new film, for help in their love lives. Julia Roberts, who is one of the many A-listers in the ensemble cast, gave it to them and the pretty woman didn’t hold back!
Q: My boyfriend says I’m a bad planner so how can I get him to make me happy on “Valentine’s Day”?
Julia Roberts: Wow, wow. This is, yeah. Can we at least dim the lights? Okay, wait a minute. Are you asking me how to cook something? Or Ah, yeah, well, hmm. Let’s break it down. How long have you been with your boyfriend? Two years. And you have sex with him.
Q: Off the record?
Roberts: Well, talk to your friends. You opened Pandora’s Box. Now, if you want him to make you happy, where’s the problem? Because we can fix this.
The embarrassed female reporter continued seeking advice from Roberts, who was being a good sport about it.
Q: I’m a bad planner.
Roberts: You’re a bad planner, okay. I heard something a little different. You’re a bad planner. You know what? Make a nice dinner reservation now because that’s the biggest night out of the year, says the former hostess at Simon’s Seafood Bar and Grill. Make a nice dinner reservation and have a nice glass of wine and then go home and, you know, take your top off. I think that’s a recipe for success, wouldn’t you say, Bradley Cooper?
Bradley Cooper: Absolutely and [take off] your bottoms as well.
Another reporter also needed some help planning the perfect Valentine’s Day for his girlfriend and this time Aston Kutcher, Topher Grace and Jamie Foxx tried to help out.
Q: Why does this one day matter when you put so much work into the relationship the rest of the year?
Topher Grace: You’re right. This guy is so right.
Jamie Foxx: You’ve got to remember all of these dates and put it in your cell phone if you have to. The birthdays and anniversaries and all of that. Women have fake anniversaries like this is the first anniversary we went to Boa. “What?” “This is our first anniversary for Boa. You don’t remember that?” “We go to Boa all the time.” So get all those dates down. The most important thing is to four or five days before that day comes, get something for her so you’re prepared. Then you can go without doing something the rest of the year. See you’re thinking wrong. The rest of the year you can f**k around. Do you have a girl?
Foxx: So what are you going to do this year? You have to top what you did last year.
Grace: You should have Julia Roberts say Happy Valentine’s Day to her right now on camera. That would be amazing right? No, that’s not going to happen. Okay, how about Ashton Kutcher saying Happy Valentine’s Day right now on camera.
Ashton Kutcher: Okay, for the movie we’re doing a thing online. People are posting their best Valentine’s Day gifts and their worst Valentine’s Day gifts. They’re going to tag it V-Day Gifts. They’re going to compile them into the 100 best Valentine’s Day gifts and the 100 worst Valentine’s Day gifts. You’re going to go to the best list and you’re going to pick something off of that.
But just because Foxx gave advice to the reporter on his love life, doesn’t mean he has the best of luck when it comes to dating.
Foxx: Well, love in L.A. for me is hard. When I first got here, when I didn’t have the name tag, it was a little interesting to even try to date in L.A. When I met this girl on Monday, it was incredible. We went to party, kicked it, went back to my crib, made love and then after that we cuddled and talked. This was on a Monday. I woke up that morning and I smelled something. It was breakfast. She was cooking breakfast. I was like wow, she’s great. Hung out, then she left. That was Monday. That was back no cell phones at that time. It was land lines so I didn’t call Tuesday and then Wednesday I didn’t call. Then Thursday I was like, “Man, what happened?” Then Thursday I was at the club and I saw her with another guy and she spoke to me. “Hey Jamie, how are you?” “Hey girl.” She was like, “This is Michael. I told him all about you.” And I said okay, cool. And she said, “Oh, and by the way. He has a Range Rover like yours only it’s this year’s.” So it was sort of like that.
Veteran actress Shirley MacLaine added her two cents and told everyone what really makes a relationship work.
MacLaine: Coming from a long line of Valentine’s Days and also a long line of cities, where I experienced Valentine’s Days and also a long line of partners, I would say that the key to a good relationship if you’re married is a husband that looks the other way. But mostly to have a successful Valentine’s Day in a successful city and a successful marriage and relationship is that you know who you are. Everything goes from there.
And there you have it – relationship advice from the cast of Valentine’s Day. You can check out the movie, also starring Jessica Alba. Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez, Eric Dane, Patrick Dempsey, Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner, when it hits theaters on February 12th.