Safe Haven (2013)

Cobie As: Jo
Additional Cast: Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel
Directed By: Lasse Hallström
Written By: Dana Stevens & Gage Lansky
Release Date: February 14, 2013
Running time: 115 minutes
Genre: Drama | Romance
Website: Internet Movie Database

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo.

Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family. But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her… a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo’s empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards… and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.

Facts & Trivia

– Lead star Josh invited some local Southport NC Staff from a restaurant to go sailing with him during filming.

– During the opening credits, the bus that Katie is on travels along the Blue Ridge parkway adjacent to Grandfather mountain. This scenic byway is actually closed to all commercial traffic, including, and especially passenger buses.

– Covered on episode 105 of the podcast How Did This Get Made.

– Based on the novel, Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks.