“As much as some people dislike this expression [go-da--], and they’ll probably dislike the shower scene as well, these are things that happen in the real world,” Nicholas shares. “I can speak for my own faith, and Denise [DiNovi, the film producer Nicholas has worked with on several adaptations of his work] and I call each other ‘the church people’ because we’re people in Hollywood who go to church all the time, and we make no bones about it. But there are no perfect people in the world, and you want to find the kinds of people for your stories who aren’t flawless.”

Emphasizing that “no one who makes it to heaven will be flawless,” Nicholas says what ultimately inspired The Lucky One was the journey of growth that happened for both Beth and Logan.

“In this real-life journey, they heal through love, which is God’s primary message,” Nicholas says. “We struggle with a lot of these issues of what to include—and what not to include. We don’t include anything objectionable just to put it in there. It’s in there for a reason. You want to see their humanity.”

Starring Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Jay R. Ferguson, Riley Thomas Stewart, Adam Lefevre, Blythe Danner, The Lucky One is rated PG-13 for some sexuality and violence.

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