Patricia Arquette reveals in a sit-down interview that she was Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s first kiss.
The actress recently appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Arquette recalled having to kiss a 12-year-old Gordon-Levitt in the film Holy Matrimony (1994) that was interestingly directed by Leonard Nimoy.
“I think he was about 12 years old,” the actress recalled. “The story of the movie was, like, this Hutterite community and in that community, his brother leaves and we do some crimes and get all this money. And then his brother dies and he hides the money somewhere. In that community, if you’re brother dies, you have to marry his wife.”
“So I end up marrying a very young Joey Gordon-Levitt,” Arquette explained. “And we have to have a kiss. And his mom is like, ‘This is his first kiss. He’s nervous.’ I’m like, ‘I’m nervous! You think he’s nervous?'”
While that was indeed the actor’s first on-screen kiss, Arquette reassured him that wasn’t his “real” first kiss.
“So I went up to him and I was just like, ‘Hey. This is just pretend. This isn’t really your first kiss either. You get to really have your own first real kiss,'” she said. “He was really like, ‘It’s fine. Don’t worry.'”
Before anyone has wild objections about a 26-year-old Arquette having to kiss the then 12-year-old actor, she explained that the kiss was just a mere peck and nothing more.
“I do want to say that that kiss with Joey was very [short],” she said. “So I just want to clarify something.”