"It makes you feel so crazy and weird," Rosemarie DeWitt says of kissing Orlando Bloom, although husband Ron Livingston didn't mind much

By Tim Nudd Reagan Alexander
August 14, 2015 05:30 PM
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It can be tough for a married actor to do a kissing scene with another person for a movie. But when that other person is Orlando Bloom, does that make it better or worse?

Rosemarie DeWitt, who’s been happily married to fellow actor Ron Livingston since 2009, found herself in that position while filming Digging for Fire. And it was all the more strange because the kissing was a last-minute addition – it wasn’t in the script that DeWitt and Livingston had read at home.

“It was [director] Joe [Swanberg] who said, on the first day of shooting, ‘Now, I want you guys to, like, just really get in there,’ ” DeWitt, 43, told PEOPLE Thursday at the film’s Los Angeles premiere. “I was like, ‘What do you mean?’ He was like, ‘I want you to get into it.’ I was like, ‘Like make out?!’ He was like, ‘Yeah.’ ”

That led to a scene that took a whopping four hours to shoot, and had DeWitt calling Livingston afterward – a bit sheepishly.

“I said, ‘I know you read the treatment, and it said I didn’t make out with Orlando Bloom, but all of a sudden I did, so ‘ ” she says. “It felt like a confession of sorts. Usually, we both read the script and we know what’s there, but that was a surprise.”

A pleasant surprise, or no?

“You know what the funny thing is?” says DeWitt. “[Ron] knows it’s awful. [Kissing scenes] are so awkward, and it makes you feel so crazy and weird. He knows from doing it himself that it’s not fun.”

For his part, Livingston took the whole thing in stride.

“Hey man, whatever makes it good,” said the onetime Sex and the City star. “Anybody who kisses my wife in a movie is family, so it’s all good. I mean we met kissing on a show [Standoff], so … ”

Besides, he says, this is the job.

“You know, this is not my first rodeo. We’ve been doing this a long time. So if that’s what’s going to tip the boat over, it wasn’t much of a boat to begin with,” he says, adding with a laugh: “We’re all right.”