One of the most iconic moments in rom-com history has long been a source of debate: is the famous “Love Actually” doorway scene between Andrew Lincoln and Keira Knightley one of the most romantic moments in movie history or one of the creepiest?
Now, fourteen years after its release, Lincoln has opened up about how he feels about the moment his character, Mark, reveals his feelings for Knightley’s Juliet.
The verdict? Mark was, according to Lincoln, a “creepy stalker guy.”
Lincoln told Entertainment Weekly that, as the only character in the film whose love was “unrequited,” he definitely wound up coming across as pretty stalker-ish.
“The story is set up like a prism looking at all the different qualities of love,” he said. “Mine was unrequited. So I got to be this weird stalker guy.”
During the filming of the scene, he also double-checked with director Richard Curtis about whether or not his character was coming on too strong.
“My big scene in the doorway felt so easy. I just had to hold cards and be in love with Keira Knightley,” he told EW. “But I kept saying to Richard ‘Are you sure I’m not going to come off as a creepy stalker?’”
Check out the rest of Lincoln’s interview here ― and tune into NBC on May 25 for the “Love Actually” mini-sequel for Comic Relief.