For this week’s #mancrushmonday we thought we’d do things a little differently. They say behind every great man is a great women, but that’s a little outdated. These days, standing next to every great man, if he’s lucky, is an equally great woman, and by working together and supporting each other, even greater things can be achieved. So I’m thrilled to deliver to you, and a day early I may add, a packaged #couplecrushmonday deal in Peter and Julia Benson!
With extensive experience in the world of film and television, Peter and Julia have collaborated in two very different and very important ways; first, their marriage, that began in 2009, and more recently, on the independent comedy What an Idiot. The film was written and directed by Peter (Death Do Us Part), who stars, along with his wife Julia (SGU Stargate Universe) who also produced it. The film also stars Lochlyn Munro (Scary Movie) and Kerr Smith (Dawson’s Creek). Released in Canada last Friday, this risqué film showcases the ridiculous extremes people will go to for love. Nick, played by Peter, is a recently divorced ‘nice guy’ who falls head over heels for Jackie, played by Julia, a bold beauty who also happens to be his boss. In an effort to get close to her without getting fired, Nick undertakes the ultimate single dude undercover persona and tells Julia that he’s gay. By taking sex out of the equation, the lie helps them get closer before threatening to break them apart.
What an idiot won the Best Comedy Feature at the Red Dirt International Film Festival and Best Director at the LA Comedy Festival. What an Idiot screened at the 2014 Whistler Film Festival and the 2015 LA Comedy Fest, where it won Best Director and Best Actress. It won Best Writer (Feature Film) at the Canadian Comedy Awards, 2015, and Best Comedy Feature at the Red Dirt International Film Fest, 2015.
Since working together is what they do best, Peter and Julia sat down with us together to teach us a little bit about how amazing it is to work with the love of your life, and how much fun you can have while you’re doing it.
What is your definition of romance?
JB: We have a two and a half year old and a two month old so my idea of romance these days is Peter getting up with the kids
PB: Yes, two little kids definitely changes things so I’d have to say that nothings sounds sexier than a Friday night at home, watching the Food Network by myself.
What’s your instant deal breaker?
JB: Lying. I can forgive a lot of things but I don’t like being lied to.
PB: Please don’t tell her that I never actually played professional hockey.
What’s the strangest thing you have ever done to get a love interest’s attention?
JB: I once tried to act brave and super cool to impress someone by cliff jumping- it didn’t end so well – I ended up in the ER with a broken ankle.
PB: One time I took a break dancing class because of a girl. I very quickly learned that I am not a break-dancer. Needless to say, no romance ensued.
What’s the strangest thing someone has done to get your attention?
JB: When I first met Peter, we flirted for months but he never asked me out. I gave him a lot of openings but he did nothing. It was confusing and I thought I was totally reading the situation wrong. I didn’t understand his game at all and was shocked when he finally made a move.
PB: I slow played it. Twelve years later we’re still together. It totally worked.
If there was one piece of advice you could give to other men/women out there, what would it be?
JB: Marry someone who makes you laugh. Life can throw you a lot of curveballs so make sure your partner on the journey is someone that can keep you smiling.
PB: Exactly. But if you can’t find someone who makes you laugh then marry for money. It makes things a lot easier.
How do you keep the romance alive in your relationship?
JB/PB: Romance? (Cue a crying baby in the background)
Check out the trailer below and make sure to catch the film at the Kingsway Theatre and is available on VOD and iTunes on February 9.
Follow Peter and Julia on social: @Julia_Benson @P_JBenson
Twitter : #WhatanIdiot