Meg Ryan’s New York City Apartment in “Kate & Leopold”

by hookedonhouses on July 26, 2010

Meg Ryan's apartment in Kate & Leopold movieThe 2001 romantic comedy Kate & Leopold starred Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman in a time-travel love story that I thought was a lot of fun, even if it wasn’t very believable. Kate’s cozy New York City apartment was a set built on a soundstage. They built exteriors of other buildings outside the windows so it would look “real” when they were outside on the fire escape.

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Breckin Meyer played her brother Charlie. Liev Schrieber was Stuart, Kate’s ex and Leopold’s great-great grandson who went back in time and found him.

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I love these bookshelves in Kate’s apartment–and those tall windows!

Meg Ryan in Kate & Leopold movie

They cast Australian Hugh Jackman because they wanted “someone fresh” for the role. In 2001, he was a fairly new face to American audiences, although he had appeared in X-Men as Wolverine the year before. Jackman was nominated for a Golden Globe for this movie.

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Leopold takes Charlie’s advice and waits to turn the dishwasher on until Kate is there to see him do it. Smart man!

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In the Director’s Cut, Stuart turns out to be Leopold’s great-great grandson. However, the studio had concerns about the fact that this made Meg Ryan both Stuart’s ex-girlfriend and his great-great grandmother. The ick-factor led them to edit out all mentions of Stuart’s family connection to Leopold.


Kate's bathroom

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Kate’s Bedroom:

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Kate's kitchen-Kate and Leopold

Sting was nominated for an Oscar for the song “Until” that plays over the credits, and he won a Golden Globe for it.

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Kate & Leopold was written by James Mangold, who went on to write and direct Walk the Line in 2005.

He says that the 1800s version of New York City in the movie was very much romanticized and not intended to be historically accurate: “It was a fantasy world. What I was focused on was the sense of optimism and joy. A place where there was time to think and time to dream. There was a kind of grandeur. It’s a Merchant-Ivory kind of fantasy.”

Meg Ryan and Breckin Meyer in Kate & Leopold

I thought it was a fun little movie if you didn’t think about the time-travel details too much!

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Janell Beals July 26, 2010 at 7:42 am

Didn’t see the movie, but from the previews, etc., I had no idea it was a set. I must be gullible! Janell
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Annie@ A view on design July 26, 2010 at 7:45 am

hey don’t worry about the hair (it’s the lips that distract me!)
but the apartment is cute, a bit dull too, kinda…
Sting has an album of his movie hits (I don’t remember “until” on it) it’s my fav CD, was playing it in my car just today!
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Mary Beth (Cats, Books, Life is Good) July 26, 2010 at 7:51 am

I love that Meg Ryan almost always has great apartments with shelves full of books in her movies.
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Susan July 26, 2010 at 8:03 am

Oh my–The “ick” factor has me laughing–good call on their part! There is no telling what amount this apt. would rent for in reality! Love those windows and the chest with the great lamp. Hope you doing okay–thinking of you…
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Issy July 26, 2010 at 8:04 am

Julia, i have to confess that the ONLY reason that i watched this movie more than once was to see Meg’s NYC apartment!! :)
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Becky @ Farmgirl Paints July 26, 2010 at 8:09 am

I saw that movie…don’t remember it;) The kitchen cabinets are cute. Went to her current home…loved that.
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Heather Collins July 26, 2010 at 8:35 am

Totally agree about Meg’s hair……seems she has a love affair with a straightener!
I always like it when floating bookshelves look good, because they always look messy and out of place in my house!

Thanks for the post!

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Kate (Little Beach Bum) July 26, 2010 at 8:37 am

I like this movie! Haven’t seen it in a while. I thought her apartment looked very “lived in.” And I agree with Annie…it isn’t the hair that distracts me (although it IS pretty bad) its her lips! and her face! So sad, because Meg Ryan was so beautiful once upon a time! Thanks for the “tour”! :)

ana @ i made it so July 26, 2010 at 8:43 am

i’ve never seen the movie. i just wanted to say how fun your posts are. you don’t just throw up a bunch of photos, you take the time to tell the story and throw in a funny note or two :)

have a lovely week!
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Penny July 26, 2010 at 9:12 am

It was a cute, silly, chick flick, that I saw with my daughter, so named Kate, and a fun little escapade in time and space – and Kate’s apartment! Thank you for posting it. I’ve watched it again, several times, just to look at the furnishings and, well, yes, of course, there is Hugh Jackman and that wonderful roof top scene where they dine and they dance and it’s all make-believe.
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Kelly@40isthenew30 July 26, 2010 at 10:34 am


Thanks for featuring this movie. I had forgotten about it. I recently saw The Time Traveler’s Wife, and I didn’t like it because the time traveling didn’t really mean anything. At least in this movie, something actually resolves with the time traveling.

I could do a whole Meg-in-NYC film festival w/ her apartments in When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail, and this one! And I agree with you about her hairstyle. How hard does a person have to work to create something that doesn’t flatter Meg Ryan???

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Suzy July 26, 2010 at 10:38 am

I love this movie, and own it. I loved the apartment, the ‘old’ NYC, the houses in ‘old’ NYC – and I was obsessed with the earrings she wore – but could only find them at for over $5,000.00. Oh well. Thanks for the article, enjoyed it so much!
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Nichole July 26, 2010 at 10:46 am

This is another movie I like, but have trouble watching. The husband groans and complains the whole way through.

rhianna July 26, 2010 at 10:57 am

In whatever movie Meg Ryan is in, I always love her apartment or house.
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Hailey Erickson July 26, 2010 at 11:22 am

I thought Kate’s apartment was cool with all the windows but not impressed with the mismatched furniture.

I also didn’t realize that this movie appeared at the Globes!
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Lori-Anne July 26, 2010 at 11:52 am

Seems Meg Ryan’s characters always have the best houses!
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Amanda @ Serenity Now July 26, 2010 at 12:23 pm

I like the nice molding around the doors and the details. :)

This was a cute movie, but you’re right–not at all believable. Hugh Jackman was the redeeming factor for me—he was so dreamy!!! Meg Ryan’s face is just distracting. Wish she would have aged gracefully, b/c she just looks pinched.
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Kathy :) July 26, 2010 at 12:25 pm

I have not seen this movie !!!! Love Meg :)

Hi Julia, I am popping into some of my fave peeps to say “HEY”…..not blogging just been enjoying this summer, sure has been wicked hot, but you won’t hear me complain,,,,I save that for our AWFUL winters LOL

All the best,
xo Kathy :)

hip hip gin gin July 26, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Awwww I love that movie, such a sweet story! Kate’s apartment was one of my favorite parts, and the fact that they used the fire escape to go between her and Stuart’s place. Ever since seeing that movie my husband and I chuckle when we ride elevators and escalators, they all say “otis” which if you remember that part is supposedly because Leopold invents the elevator and names it after his beloved butler Otis.
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black eyed susans kitchen July 26, 2010 at 12:49 pm

I loved this movie! I am such a sucker for a chic flick though…it was romantic and scenery was wonderful.
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Mom in High Heels July 26, 2010 at 1:40 pm

I love this movie, believable or not. Give me a man in breeches and a dinner jacket any day. Especially if he happens to look like Hugh Jackman. Yummy. BTW, I think of this movie every time I see the name Otis on an elevator. :)
Meg Ryan always has great housing in her movies. I wonder how she does that? You should do her house in The Land of Women.
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Jessica July 26, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Thanks for reminding me of this movie…I remember it as being fun, a great chick flick! I’ll pay better attention to the apt. next time around! xo J~
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Susan S July 26, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Dear Julia,

Please accept my belated sympathy on the loss of your beloved Grandmother Hazel. I can actually say that I know how you feel because I, too, had a wonderful Grandma Helen. It’s been 10 years and I really still miss her loving presence. I hope you have many of her recipes or sentimental belongings so that you can relive the warm memories that you two shared.

Susan S

Nita July 26, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Some old lady out here in California upon seeing Meg at a grocery store with that unkempt style of hair told Meg to run a brush through that hair!

Rachel July 26, 2010 at 3:27 pm

That’s funny….I liked her hair in that movie. I think I was so sick of her You’ve Got Mail hairstyle on everyone that I was glad to see a change. I do love that movie though.
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Paula July 26, 2010 at 3:55 pm

I enjoyed the movie; I guess I just like anything that Meg Ryan plays in. Yes her hair wasn’t the greatest do I’ve seen her wear, but I think there is something so cute about her. It’s funny last Friday I told my hairdresser I wanted my hair cut like Meg Ryan used to wear it, thankfully she didn’t think I was talking about this one. And you’re right loved the bookshelves and the long windows. The apartment has an organized cluttered look to it.

Juju at Tales of July 26, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Such a cute place. Super hot kitchen!
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Marie July 26, 2010 at 5:12 pm

I agree with your comment about Meg Ryan’s hair. In every picture that she’s in, I can’t see her apartment, because I’m distracted by her unflattering hair. I hope no one was paid union pay to come up with that hair-do everyday.

Nancy Hood July 26, 2010 at 7:20 pm

The strangest movie I saw with time travel concerned a motorcycle rider caught unknowingly in a time zap. He ends up meeting, falling in love, and making love to a beautiful woman that helps him escape. She admires a pendant he wears and he tells her it has been passed down through the years from a great great grandmother. As he is being rescued, she reaches out and grabs the pendant from his neck. So, does that mean he is actually his great great grandfather? haha
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Nancy Hood July 26, 2010 at 7:21 pm

It was Timerider: The Adventure of Lynn Swann (1982). haha Not knowing the title drove me crazy. Thank you, Google!!
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Lesley @ TheDesignFile July 26, 2010 at 8:17 pm

I never thought to see this movie, even though I really like Meg Ryan. So thanks for the recommendation.

I love the red kitchen!
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donna July 26, 2010 at 9:56 pm

I never liked this movie because I couldn’t get past Meg’s messy hair and apartment. I can see the apartment was not as messy I thought when watching the film. I did, however adore, Leopold, a true gentleman. Also, I loved the final scent back in time.

I may also have disliked the film because Meg’s looks had really changed (lips, thinner, messy hair, etc.). Plus the film came on the heels of You’ve Got Mail which was a triumph in both the adorable apartment, cute Meg with neat hair, and Tom Hanks.

Kim July 27, 2010 at 12:55 am

I saw this film once, but it wasn’t one of my favorite Meg Ryan movies. Great looking apartment though. I would love to live in a place like that.

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish July 27, 2010 at 6:22 am

Love this! That mirror is beautiful and the kitchen is too cute!
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Eileen July 27, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Thanks for this post. It’s a sweet movie. And a nice movieset 😉

I don’t get the lip comments tho. This movie was made at least two years(!) before any of the rumors about the botched plastic surgery started.

JJ July 27, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Loved this- thank you!
May I make a request for a future movie house? Meg Ryan in When a Man Loves a Woman. LOVED that house!!!

Sheila July 30, 2010 at 7:37 am

I’m a huge Meg Ryan fan but haven’t seen this one yet. All the white woodwork and gorgeous molding is making me think I know what’s going to be added to my Netflix account. Thanks, Julia!
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Justine July 30, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Can’t decide if I love the red kitchen or not…
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Teri August 2, 2010 at 4:35 pm

I waited forever for this post, hoping you’d catch a shot of my favorite detail in the whole apartment, the orange silk lantern over the bath.
Has anyone else fallen in love with that detail?
I’m also wondering if anyone can id the wallpaper.
Any help would be much appreciated! :)

edna October 30, 2010 at 5:28 pm

I loved meg ryan’s leather jacket in this movie. Any ideas where I could get one like it?

hookedonhouses October 30, 2010 at 7:07 pm

Sorry, I have no idea! -Julia

Neha Wasnik January 29, 2011 at 3:23 am

I absolutely love this movie and can watch it umpteenth times

patti February 13, 2011 at 11:23 pm

I love this movie too. In fact I’m watching it right now on DVR! I’ve been wondering, what is that device that Kate points up at Stuart’s floor and “shoots” his dog and him with. The effect is like some electrical sting. I’ve always wondered about that and what could inflict pain on someone going through a whole floor. Was that made up too?

Ruz February 19, 2011 at 10:33 pm

I think she zapped him with some sort of electric anti-bark device. She knew his morning schedule and just kept zapping until he was holding the collar.

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