Writer Ronald Bass said he wanted to create two things that had never been shown in a romantic comedy before. “I wanted to do a story where the heroine didn’t get the guy in the end. We reversed expectations,” he told People TV.
“The other thing that I wanted to do was create a relationship for my heroine with the person who would be the best looking, the smartest, the kindest, the gentlest and the most rational character in the film, and he would be a gay man [Rupert Everett as Julianne’s best friend, George]. Gay men hadn’t been depicted in that way at the time.”
Director P. J. Hogan believes romantic comedy is a difficult genre to master, telling Entertainment Weekly in 2019 they don’t often feel fresh.
“I think what kills romantic comedies is they often feel pre-packaged or like frozen food that hasn’t quite thawed,” he said.
“But when I see the film, it’s still got a snap to it. When it’s funny, it’s really funny, and the actors all glow. And I think Julia was extraordinary in the lead role. I mean, who else could’ve pulled that off?”
Diaz was also thrilled to have worked with the cast. “I got to work with Julia. It was, like, a huge break for me,” she told Entertainment Weekly.
In 2018, Mulroney told CBS’ The Talk he’s keen for a sequel. “I’ve been clear from the beginning,” he said. “I’ve been clear from 1997 that I’m ready for a sequel. So, I’m on record!”
Will there be a My Best Friends Wedding Sequal?
As we drew to the end of 2023, fans were overjoyed when not one but two of the main actors of My Best Friends Wedding spoke about the possibility of a sequel.
During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, Julia revealed that My Best Friend’s Wedding was the movie from her past she would like to see receive a potential sequel, “because there’s so many people in it, and to see what they’re doing and how Kimmy (Cameron Diaz) and Michael’s (Mulroney) marriage is going.”
While speaking with The Hollywood Reporter at the Anyone But You premiere Dermot Mulroney said he was “thrilled” to hear his former co-star was also open to reprising her role.
Though Dermot admitted that he hadn’t “touched base with Julia yet to get to the bottom of it,” he has “always said yes” to a follow-up movie.
“Maybe it’s time. I sure hope so,” he added. “That movie brought so much joy. It would be amazing to re-up on that.”
The Cast of My Best Friends Wedding Today
Roberts’ hits include Notting Hill, Runaway Bride and Erin Brockovich. The Closer actress married cinematographer Danny Moder in 2002, and they have three children.
The New Girl actor is also a musician. He is married to film producer Tharita Cesaroni-Catulle, and they share three children. He also has a child with ex-wife, Catherine Keener.
The British-born actor is known for his breakout role in Another Country, and voicing Prince Charming in Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third. Everett relocated to Carlow, Ireland in 2021.
Keen surfer and environmental activist Diaz is married to musician Benji Madden. They welcomed a child in 2019. The actress will soon return to acting after a long hiatus.
Australian native Griffiths, played Kimmy’s bridesmaid, Samantha, in the movie. She’s also known for her roles in Muriel’s Wedding, Blow and Brothers & Sisters.
After starring as the groom’s brother, Scotty, the actor went on to star in Scary Movie 2 and Malcolm in the Middle. He’s now a DJ and is married with a child.