I just watched the movie The One I Love. Not only were the houses beautiful, but I instantly recognized the enchanted, rose-covered guest cottage, which belongs to Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen in Ojai. Take a look!
“The One I Love:” Ted & Mary’s Cottage in Ojai
A young couple played by Elizabeth Moss and Mark Duplass are in a marriage counseling session with their therapist, played by Ted Danson.
He recommends that they rent a “kind of magical” house where many of his other clients have managed to renew their marriages.
They walk in and look around, and now I want to build bookshelves in my entry hall…
I’m going to try not to spoil the twists and turns of the movie for you by saying too much about the plot, but let’s just say I didn’t see any of it coming!
I had to pause the movie and stare at the (huge) kitchen window and Dutch door:
I really liked the main house they stayed at and was happy to gawk at it…
But when they discovered the “enchanted guest cottage,” things got really interesting:
That’s when I realized they had filmed it on Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen’s property.
A quick check on IMDb.com revealed that the director of the movie is Mary’s son Charlie McDowell (his dad is the well-known actor Malcolm McDowell; Danson is his stepdad).
When Mark Duplass talks to his mom on the phone, her voice sounds just like Mary’s. 🙂
I loved seeing this guest cottage when it was featured in Houzz two years ago, so I was excited to see more of it in the movie. Here’s how it looked then (photos by Shannon Malone):
If you compare the movie screenshots I took of the cottage to the professional photos, you can see they didn’t change much (if anything) in the rooms for filming.
They even use an easel for one scene…
…that appears to be the same one that was holding a framed photograph here:
Actor Mark Duplass says a lot of the dialogue was improvised. They were given the basic direction for the scenes and went from there.
There’s a small loft area with a couple of beds upstairs:
A bedroom with wood-paneled walls that are painted white:
Besides the brief appearance by Danson, Moss and Duplass are the only actors in it.
It was easy to believe that this adorable little house had a bit of magic in it.
Danson and Steenburgen hired architect Chantal Dussouchaud to design the cottage for them.
“Because everything we do begins with a written word, whether it is acting or writing music, we wanted a space that pays homage to writing,” Steenburgen told Houzz.
“Movies are rehearsed here, songs are written. We wanted it to be a place that breeds creativity.”
For more photos, you can check out my original post about the cottage! 🙂