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PURPLE HEARTS Stars Sofia Carson and Nicholas Galitzine: ‘With Compassion And Love, They Learn to Love’

Photo from Sofia Carson’s Instagram

PURPLE HEARTS Stars Sofia Carson and Nicholas Galitzine: ‘With Compassion And Love, They Learn to Love’

By Movieguide® Staff

Movieguide®’s Evy Baehr Carroll recently sat down with PURPLE HEARTS star Sofia Carson and Nicholas Galitzine to discuss the movie’s themes of love, sacrifice, and vulnerability.

Carson plays Cassie, an aspiring singer-songwriter, while Galitzine plays Luke, a Marine. Luke and Cassie agree to marry solely for the military benefits.

“That was definitely the heart of the whole movie and definitely the heart of Luke and Cassius’ relationship is that they literally could not be more different, they can’t stand each other nor do they want to understand each other,” Carson said. “They’re forced to marry each other. It’s a love story that starts backwards and it’s kind of fascinating.”

“But the most beautiful part is how these two people learn to see each other as more than just politics, or right versus left, or red versus blue, they see each other as a man and a woman, as two human beings,” she continued. “With compassion and love, they learn to love each other. And it’s such a powerful message that the world needs to hear. And this country needs to hear now more than ever.”

Galitzine said that he hopes his role as a Marine will honor the sacrifices and challenges faced by service men and women today.

“I think my hope is that they feel represented in the right way and that they feel like they’re humanized in the right way,” he said. “I think oftentimes, you can be very dismissive of the sacrifices, and just the sheer bravery it takes to kind of put yourself on the line, your life on the line, the ripple effect it has on your family, how difficult it must be to have loved ones constantly in danger, in harm’s way. I hope we provide them with a textured portrayal of their lives.”

Despite their differences, Cassie and Luke find that they share a desire to be cared for, even if vulnerability is difficult for each of them.

“It’s interesting, because even though they are so different, in a lot of ways they are very similar, because they’re both, I think, terrified of vulnerability,” Carson said. “Cassie was raised by a single mom, came from an abusive father, so she’s never had a pretty picture of men, nor has she ever wanted to be saved by a man or taken care of by a man. But she finds herself in a place where she almost has to let herself, she has to let Luke take care of her.”

“It’s such a beautiful moment in that scene, when she says, ‘See, I’m letting you take care of me.’ It’s just really powerful, the vulnerability between the two of them,” she added.

A portion of Movieguide®’s review of PURPLE HEARTS reads:

PURPLE HEARTS is a well-made, often entertaining movie. It doesn’t have a big budget, but it’s a classic romantic drama with lots of heart. PURPLE HEARTS has a strong moral worldview that extols loving other people despite differences and caring for others in hard times. It also shows the ramifications of lying, and the characters become better people by learning from their mistakes. Despite this, PURPLE HEARTS has more than 25 obscenities, including two “f” words, plus two Jesus profanities. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.

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