The Umbrella Academy star Tom Hopper has opened up about working with his wife on their new Netflix rom-com.
Love in the Villa, which arrived on the streamer this week, stars Tom alongside his real-life other half, Laura Hopper.
The movie focuses on Cassie (Laura), the status-obsessed fiancée of Charlie (Tom). Julia (Kat Graham) accidentally double-books a vacation in the villa the couple are staying in, and soon a connection begins to grow between them.
Even though she’s being made to play the villain, it turns out it was Tom’s wife who persuaded him to take on the project.
“She tends to go through a lot of the scripts that get sent my way,” Tom told Entertainment Weekly. “She was like, ‘I just read this really great script called Love in the Villa. It’s a really sweet rom-com and you should read it.’ I read it and I agreed; I thought it was really brilliant.”
“Laura, also being an actress, was like, ‘Oh, I love one of these roles as well — the role of Cassie,'” he continued.
Tom went on to share how much he adores working with his wife.
However, he admitted that he did find it odd having to break up with her character considering off-screen they’re actually very happily married.
“I love working with my wife,” adds Hopper. “She’s so funny. She’s a very good comedic actress. What was very bizarre is I break up with her in the movie.
“As we were doing it I was like, ‘This is really strange playing out this scene.’ She’s so different from that in real life, but she loves those character, comedic roles. It was such a blessing for us because we’ve never really done that before. We’ve acted in the same things, but we never actually acted opposite each other.”
Love in the Villa is out on Netflix now. The Umbrella Academy seasons 1-3 are now streaming on Netflix.