Produced by Columbia Pictures in association with Relativity Media, Made of Honor follows one man’s quest to win over the girl of his dreams before she becomes “the one that got away.” The movie features Patrick Dempsey as Tom, an attractive, successful ladies’ man with an aversion to romantic commitment. Tom is perfectly comfortable with his lifestyle of serial dating, knowing that he can always rely on his longtime best friend Hannah, played by Michelle Monaghan. However, when Hannah leaves the country for several months to work in Scotland, Tom quickly finds that her absence has left a sizable void in his life. It doesn’t take long for Tom to realize that he is in love with Hannah, and he resolves to reveal his feelings for her as soon as she returns. As it turns out, Hannah also has news to share at their happy reunion: she is engaged to a man she met in Scotland and would like Tom to serve as her maid of honor.
Desperately seeking a way to make his feelings known, Tom accepts Hannah’s request, if only to spend time with her. As the date draws closer, he finds himself engaged in a variety of wedding preparations and romantic antics as he struggles to prove to Hannah that they were meant to be together all along.
Directed by Paul Weiland, Made of Honor has it all: swoon-worthy romance, comedic gags, gorgeous Scottish scenery, and two highly talented Hollywood stars. The following are a few things you might not know about Michelle Monaghan and Patrick Dempsey:
Patrick Dempsey is a talented juggler.
Patrick Dempsey learned to juggle as a child and tested his skills competitively, placing third in his division at the National Jugglers Convention. He even planned to attend Clown College at one time and later drew on his unique talent to work as a street performer for a time. Although Dempsey now does most of his entertaining in front of a camera, he had a chance to showcase his unique talent in Made of Honor, impressively juggling not balls or pins, but plates. During a scene in which Tom and Hannah are perusing chinaware for the wedding, Tom attempts to impress Hannah with a flourish of expertly tossed china, attempting to prove his worth as the perfect maid of honor—and perhaps the ideal partner.
Michelle Monaghan shares a unique similarity with her character.
In one press interview, the actress revealed that, like Hannah, she has a longtime male best friend who served as her “maid” of honor when she got married. However, Monaghan and her pal have never been romantically involved, and she is quite certain that both would prefer it that way. Moreover, while Monaghan’s character places quite a few pre-wedding responsibilities on Tom, the actress had far fewer requirements of her off-screen best friend. When asked if he had to prove himself to win the job, she replied, “No, absolutely not. I just made sure he could make a stiff cocktail.”
Patrick Dempsey became popular with teen audiences early in his career.
Patrick Dempsey has been active in Hollywood since the mid-1980s, when he made his cinematic debut as a Catholic high school student in the film Heaven Help Us (1985). From there, he gained a reputation as a teen heartthrob with roles in the 1986 television series Fast Times, based on Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Can’t Buy Me Love (1987), and Loverboy (1989).
Michelle Monaghan started out as a fashion model.
While Monaghan originally took a modeling job to cover her expenses while studying journalism at Chicago’s Columbia College, it soon became a full-time job. Her work as a runway model took her around the world to locations including Singapore, Tokyo, and Milan. She also appeared in a number of magazine and catalog spreads.
Patrick Dempsey has enjoyed considerable success on TV and the stage.
Dempsey earned widespread praise and recognition for his performances in Will and Grace (1998) and The Practice (1997), as well as an Outstanding Guest Actor Emmy nomination for his role in the show Once and Again (1999). However, he is perhaps best known for playing the role of Dr. Derek Shepherd—cheekily referred to by fellow characters as “McDreamy”—which earned him two consecutive Golden Globe nominations for best acting performance in a drama series in 2006 and 2007.
Before appearing on televisions or movie theater screens, Patrick Dempsey discovered his affinity for acting in several stage productions. After landing a key role in a local production of On Golden Pond at the age of 15, he starred in touring productions of Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Trilogy and Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs before making his foray into film.
Michelle Monaghan rose to fame on TV.
Michelle Monaghan made her television debut in 2000 on the series Young Americans. Soon afterward, she appeared on an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999). However, her name became widely recognized after she co-starred in the 2002 season of Boston Public (2000). Later in her career, she garnered a Golden Globe nomination for her supporting performance in the 2014 season of HBO’s True Detective, a critically acclaimed anthology crime drama that has received five Primetime Emmys.