‘Safe Haven’ Star Josh Duhamel And The Perfect Smolder

Second only to the art of making out in a torrential downpour, the ability to affect a convincing smolder must be a top-line resume item for any actor looking to land the lead in a Nicholas Sparks adaptation. Obviously. And so it was that Josh Duhamel, star of “Safe Haven,” taught himself to brood with the best of them.

“Lots and lots of rehearsal in the mirror,” Duhamel told MTV News of his preparation for the film. “Tape recording my voice into a tape recorder. Playing it back. ’Hmm, not quite smoldery enough.’ I’d do it again until I’m ready for Nicholas Sparks, and that was the extent of my preparation for this film. Lots of vanity.”

And all that vanity paid off, with Mr. Duhamel earning his place within the Smolder Society of America.

Ryan Gosling will teach you the secret handshake next week, Josh.

“Safe Haven,” which also stars Julianne Hough and Cobie Smulders, is out in theaters now.

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