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First Kiss In 'Love Actually' Was A Low-Key Romance IRL

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I wish I could tell you the story of my first kiss, but I can't. (Take that as you will -- maybe it's too saucy to publish or... even likelier, it hasn't happened yet, and I'm a journalist just like Drew Barrymore in "Never Been Kissed.")

"Love Actually" is a holiday staple, and I find myself muttering, "I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around" literally every time I witness anyone being kind in December.

Probably one of the most pure storylines in the movie, though, involved Sam (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) and his talented crush Joanna (Olivia Olson).

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Sam catches Joanna right before she boards her flight to the United States and she gives him a kiss on the cheek causing my cold heart to grow three sizes.

But it turns out it wasn't just a big deal for the character of Sam.

Olson had a secret crush on set that made it all the more nerve-wracking. She told E! News,

It was my first kiss and on-screen kiss too. I was really nervous because I kind of had a crush on Thomas back in the day, and I was also worried because I was taller than him.

Few people get to re-watch their adorable first kiss on repeat every year at Christmas time.

Olson sang "All I Want for Christmas Is You" in the 2003 movie, and editors had to make her PERFECT VOICE sound more childlike. She said,

It's so great that the first movie I was ever in became this holiday classic. It's really exciting that people are still talking about it.
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"Love Actually" isn't the last time the two played love interests either, they also provided voiceovers for "Phineas and Ferb."

Brodie-Sangster most recently portrayed Jojen Reed on "Game of Thrones" while Olson voices Marceline the Vampire Queen on "Adventure Time" while working on her music career.

Citations: The Real Story Behind That Adorable First Kiss in Love Actually (Cosmopolitan)