You recognize Dermot Mulroney as the dreamboat groom in My Best Friend's Wedding and the picture-perfect arm candy in The Wedding Date, but the 48-year-old actor is more than just a rom-com icon. This week at the box office, he's simultaneously fighting off hungry wolves in the wilderness in The Grey and saving three stranded whales in Big Miracle, out this Friday.
For all you ladies who love a romantic and rugged guy, don't bust out your celeb-stalking materials just yet – Mulroney is happily married to Tharita Catulle and has three children: son Clyde, 12 (from his previous marriage to Catherine Keener), Mabel, 3, and a younger child (the notoriously tight-lipped actor hasn't revealed his/her name or gender).
Lucky for us, Mulroney wasn't as reserved when talking about Big Miracle, which depicts the true story of how different people from very different walks of life came together in 1988 to rescue three stranded gray whales in Barrow, Alaska. The movie stars Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski and Kristen Bell, but Mulroney has the best and most true-to-life storyline by far – he plays a Colonel who, while trying to save these whales, meets and falls in love with a White House assistant who later becomes his wife.
Here, the handsome and gentlemanly Mulroney fills us in on the real love story his part is based on, what his own father taught him about love and why we'll be seeing him opposite Zooey Deschanel in the very near future:
I watched Big Miracle, and I thought it was so funny and heartwarming, but I left that theater freezing! What was it like shooting in Anchorage, Alaska?
I know, it does leave you with a warm heart and maybe some cold toes. The bulk of my filming was done at the army base which I think I heard is the largest one in the U.S. A lot of Anchorage is people and things that are devoted to the military. I portray Colonel Tom Carroll (his name is Colonel Scott Boyer in the film), he's a really well-known, highly respected man and pilot in a state where they are really important. So, I was honored to be in Alaska and doubly honored to be portraying someone who still left a lasting legacy for the military family there. It's a hell of a story, I loved being a part of it. Drew Barrymore Is "Daydreaming" About Her (Jewish?) Wedding
It does have some politics in it, and yet it's very family-friendly. Are you going to bring your kids to see it?
Oh absolutely, I think really young kids would love it because there's whales in it, and my pre-teen, 12-year-old can't wait to see it! Beyond that, honestly I think this movie has a real chance to go beyond just a heart-warming, family movie. My sense is, and I'll be surprised if I'm wrong, this movie is going to stick around – it's going to be one of those movies that people continue to watch twenty years from now. It's a movie that won't lose its "thing," whatever it's got. It has a lot to offer a viewer, and families will watch it again and again.