The cast of “Monte Carlo” really lucked out: Not only does the movie, opening Friday (July 1), star some of the biggest young actors in the business — Selena Gomez, “Gossip Girl” Leighton Meester and Cory Monteith of “Glee” fame — but the crew also got a chance to spend two months overseas shooting in some of the most spectacular places in the world.
The film stars Gomez as a young teenager mistaken for a British heiress while vacationing in Paris. The flick follows Gomez, Meester and Katie Cassidy as they encounter adventures on their European tour. Yet, it seems as if the fun continued well after the cameras stopped rolling.
“It was fun both on- and off[screen],” Meester said. “A lot of what was happening offscreen was just an extension of the fun we were having outside.”
The cast filmed in several locations , including France, Monaco and Hungary, which was a first for Gomez. “It was really cool to experience all those places for the first time,” Gomez said.
Out of all those places, the girls point to Paris as their favorite destination. “We got up in the Eiffel Tower,” Meester recalled. “But it wasn’t just go up for a trip, we got there all alone. It was just us at 5 a.m. when the sun was just rising. It was really beautiful.”
Gomez joked: “We rented out the Eiffel Tower, no big deal.”
Yet, Gomez and Meester weren’t the only ones to take some offscreen adventures: Monteith made sure to take full advantage of his downtime. “I worked probably one out of five days in the shooting schedule,” Monteith said. “I have four days a week off, and I was able to roam around Europe, so I saw 10 countries a month. It was incredible.”
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