Laura Dern as Dr. Ellie Sattler and Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant in the original 1993 Jurassic Park movie. (Photo: MoviestoreMoviestore/Shutterstock)
Laura has played Dr. Ellie Sattler in three of the franchise’s releases, including the latest, Jurassic World Dominion, alongside Sam as her boyfriend, Dr. Alan Grant.
In a new interview with The Sunday Times, the actors address their twenty year age-gap.
“At the time [it] was a completely appropriate age difference for a leading man and lady,” Sam, who is now 74, told the newspaper.
“It never occurred to me until I opened a magazine and there was an article called ‘Old geezers and gals’. People like Harrison Ford and Sean Connery acting with much younger people. And there I was, on the list. I thought, ‘Come on. It can’t be true’.”
Despite the age gap, Laura insists it felt “completely appropriate to fall in love with Sam Neill”.
The 55-year-old added: “And it was only now, when we returned in a moment of cultural awareness about the patriarchy, that I was, like, ‘Wow! We’re not the same age?’”
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The two stars also talked about how the latest release in the franchise differs from the original, which took 45 minutes for anyone to catch a glimpse of one of the dinosaurs.
“An audience 30 years later wouldn’t find that pace acceptable,” Sam says. “As a result this has action from the moment the lights go down. Though of course it has quiet moments.”
Laura then teases: “It’s very romantic.”
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.