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“The amount of growth that this character has is absolutely amazing to witness,” the recently engaged actress told The Hollywood Reporter of her role as a commitment-phobic woman who attends a series of nuptials with her boyfriend.

It’s a year of weddings for Sarah Hyland.

The actress stars in the romantic comedy The Wedding Year as Mara, a photographer who is scared of commitment. When she begins dating Jake (Tyler James Williams), the two embark on a year of attending weddings together. In addition to starring in the film, Hyland also served as an executive producer.

“I think everyone from their mid-20s to their mid-30s experiences what we call ‘the wedding year.’ It’s a year where everyone and their mom get married and you have all of these weddings you have to attend,” Hyland told The Hollywood Reporter about the film. “It’s all about Mara and Jake experiencing their wedding year and how they go through it as a couple. How it affects them and how it affects the people around them.”

The Modern Family star added, “You gain so many different messages from the movie.”

The Wedding Year is now in theaters and on demand, just two months after Hyland got engaged to Bachelor in Paradise star Wells Adams.

Hyland spoke to THR about the root of Mara’s commitment issues, what it was like to play someone who doesn’t believe in marriage and how her character evolves throughout the film.


How would you describe your character, Mara?

She’s a very brash human being. She’s unapologetically herself, which I love, but almost to a fault at times. For example, she uses Tinder to get free meals from guys on dates. She is a photographer. She works in retail. She’s scared to jump in and actually pursue her dreams because the idea of failure is terrifying and this idea of failure really stems from the failure of her parents’ marriage. They had a messy divorce. They weren’t the greatest role models when it comes to love and relationships. It kind of fucked her up a bit, which I think a lot of people can relate to in 2019. She is a commitment-phobe. She is kind of all over the place, but she has a lot of loving qualities, as well. She really cares for the people around her, and you really get to see her grow tenfold throughout the film. The amount of growth that this character has is absolutely amazing to witness.

What was it like playing a character that doesn’t really believe in marriage, especially now that you’re engaged?

I have always believed in marriage. I fortunately have parents who are not divorced and who have had a very loving and healthy relationship from the get-go. So if you don’t believe in marriage, that was a big deal breaker for me before I got engaged. It was a lot of fun to delve into the psychology of Mara’s views because I didn’t fully understand it. It was a lot of fun to be able to go into her ticks and see why she’s wired the way that she is. I know a lot of people like that, so it was really fun to be able to talk about their experiences with their parents and really create this character.

Does attending all of the weddings change Mara and Jake’s dynamic and shift their ideas of what they want for the future of their relationship?

Definitely. There’s a montage in the film when all of the wedding invitations start to come out, and it’s an amazing juxtaposition between the two characters. Every wedding invitation that Mara gets, the eye rolls just get bigger and bigger. For Jake, he gets more excited and more excited about friends and family getting married and he’s happy for their love that they want to share with everyone. You really see from the start of when they get the invitations and then you see how they interact, not only with each other, but with each other’s families throughout the wedding season. It definitely changes their relationship. Jake very much acts like a man who wants to get married in the future and have that be put on the table, while Mara seems to recoil deeper and deeper into her shell. But at the same time she’s kind of like the Grinch. Her heart is growing bigger and bigger and bigger, but at the same time she’s going deeper into her hole of commitment-phobia. It’s also interesting because the roles are reversed. Normally in these types of rom-coms, you see the male doing that.

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Sarah and her costars attended the world premiere of The Wedding Year at Arclight Hollywood in Hollywood on Thursday (September 12). Sarah stunned in a wonderful Pamella Roland dress. The movie premieres in theatres and on digital September 20.

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Such great news for all Hylanders: the official trailer for The Wedding Year (in theaters and available on digital September 20). 7 weddings in one year. Will Mara and Jake ever have their own “happily ever after?”. Enjoy the official trailer and the official poster.


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Byron Allen plans a fall 2019 release for the Lakeshore Entertainment pic, which also stars Tyler James Williams.

Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios has picked up the U.S. rights to the romantic comedy The Wedding Year, led by Modern Family star Sarah Hyland and Tyler James Williams.

A fall 2019 U.S. theatrical release is planned for the Lakeshore Entertainment production. Legally Blonde director Robert Luketic helmed the feature, which centers on a marriage-resistant Los Angeles photographer (Hyland) who is invited to 15 weddings in the same year with her new ready-to-settle-down boyfriend.

“(The Wedding Year) is a very funny movie that speaks to the present generation’s struggle to figure out and find love,” Allen, chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios, said in a statement.

The ensemble cast includes Keith David, Patrick Warburton, Tom Connolly, Grace Helbig, Wanda Sykes and Jenna Dewan.

Lakeshore’s Gary Lucchesi, Marc Reid and Mark Korshak share the producer credits. Hyland executive produced along with Allen, Carolyn Folks and Jennifer Lucas.

Source: THR


The Wedding Year officially hits theaters September 20, 2019 in the US!

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Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures has obtained the U.S.  theatrical distribution rights to The Wedding Year, a romantic comedy led by Modern Family star Sarah Hyland, who also serves as an executive producer, and Tyler James Williams. Lakeshore Entertainment acquired the spec script written by television writer/producer Donald Diego and produced the film, which will open in the fall of this year.

Legally Blonde helmer Robert Luketic directed the pic. It tells the story of Mara Hickey (Hyland), an LA photographer who has vowed never to get married. So, when she and her new ready-to-settle-down boyfriend (Williams) are invited to fifteen weddings in the same year, the pressure is on Mara to make some big decisions.

Rounding out the cast are Keith David, Patrick Warburton, Tom Connolly, Grace Helbig, Wanda Sykes, Jenna Dewan, Anna Camp, and Fred Grandy.

Lakeshore’s Gary Lucchesi, Marc Reid, and Mark Korshak are producers. In addition to Hyland, executive producer are ESMP’s Byron Allen, Carolyn Folks, and Jennifer Lucas.

Source: Deadline

A couple of days ago (July 10th) Sarah has had her last day filming The Wedding Year in Downtown Los Angeles and made it look like a professional photoshoot. Love these photos! A day after (July 11th) Sarah was seen hitting the gym and filming the paparazzi straight back.

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Even though last night (July 9th) was a hot day in Los Angeles Sarah managed to look wonderful on the set of The Wedding Year. The team of TWY shared a wrap t-shirt on their Instagram Stories, wondering if everybody has wrapped already?

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Sarah’s back on track. Love seeing her doing better. She was seen on the set of The Wedding Year in Downtown Los Angeles on Monday (July 2nd).

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Even though these photos look like taken on the set of Dirty Dancing Sarah was actually filming a dance scene for her new movie The Wedding Year in Los Angeles on Friday (June 16th). The more on set photos we get the more excited I am to finally see this movie.

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New month, still at work. Sarah was see on the set of The Wedding Year in Beverly Hills on Friday (June 1st). Also there a few onset photos you can find in the gallery.

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