I am not sure anyone can author romantic tales quite as dreamily as Nicholas Sparks, whose latest book-turned-big screen romance ‘The Choice‘ arrives in theaters February 5. This particular story takes love, fate, and life’s toughest decisions to a new level, as a young couple (played by Teresa Palmer and Benjamin Walker) meet, fall in love (despite their biggest efforts not to!) and endure some extremely dramatic challenges. We chatted with the gorgeous leading lady about all things love and, of course, the choices we make.
Teresa Palmer: Life is really just a series of choices, and the choices we make tell our story.
eH: Do you think that there are any ‘wrong’ decisions, or does everything unfold as it should?
TP: I am a real believer in the notion that everything happens for a reason and our experiences are opportunities to reflect, observe, and grow.
eH: What is your theory on soul mates? Do we have one, more than one, several through our lives?
TP: I believe in a deeply rooted soul connection. I think it’s very rare to come across these people in life. I’m blessed that I crossed paths with my soul mate and married him. I think we have the potential to cross paths with different soul connections in our life. whether it means we will have a romantic relationship with them or not is the beauty of the unknown.
eH: Do you believe it is more important to love or to be loved?
TP: I think both are imperative but the most important of all is the ability to cultivate self love and acceptance and from there we can radiate love to all of those around us.
eH: What is the best advice you have heard or gotten?
TP: Violence, jealousy, and fear get you nowhere, love gets you everywhere — the spoken words of my husband Mark Webber.
eH: What advice would you give to those still looking for a great relationship or love in their lives?
TP: I would say to really put it out there what it is you desire in a romantic partner. Write it down, make it specific, throw love and positive energy at it and then let it go and do not obsess. Cultivate self love and don’t look for anything external to make you happy (like a relationship), you already have all you need within you. I really practiced this and within a few months I met my husband.
eH: Love that. What do you love most about your life right now?
TP: Being able to strike a balance between being fulfilled in both my work life and my home life with my son and husband. It’s the best of both worlds.
eH: What is your favorite romantic film?
TP: ‘The Notebook’! A real tear jerker and made me believe in that magical kind of love.
‘The Choice’ arrives in theaters Feb.5, 2016.
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Photo Credit: Dana Hawley