Roped has been winning over the hearts of viewers on Netflix ever since it dropped on the streaming service.
And fans are loving the fact the film’s lead actors Josh Swickard and Lorynn York actually went on to become a husband and wife in real life.
So we had a chat with the film’s director Shaun Piccinino to learn if he had any idea that his main stars would go on to have their own real-life romance.
Naturally, finding lead actor with great chemistry is all anyone is looking for when prepping for a film, and Shaun explained how they chose Josh and Lorynn back in 2018.
Speaking exclusively to Metro.co.uk, he said: ‘We settled on Lauren first because she’s fantastic. Then when Josh came in, we really liked him because his personality was almost just like this character.
‘When we screen-tested them together it was immediate chemistry. They just clicked.’
The Lady Driver director continued: ‘It really is interesting that their real-life romance blossomed as we were shooting this film. Their kiss was on screen!
‘Relationships do happen on on sets all the time and but this one was just it was so sweet that it matched the sweetness of the real story.’
Shaun added: ‘I believe you can clearly see the real chemistry within the performance like it almost wasn’t acting. It was just them being in awe of each other.’
However, the filmmaker pointed out that the fan faves weren’t actually together during filming as he added: ‘I’ll be honest with you, they’re very professional. They weren’t any escapades around on set.
‘I don’t think they officially started dating before we were done. But we could see the sparks. I mean, either the sparks were real or they are just really, really the best actors on the planet!’
Shaun has been delighted to see such positive fan reaction to the film as he continued: ‘One of our producers Christina Moore [who also stars in the film] said at the best when she said that there was just some magic in the air.
‘It’s a bit like Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in The Notebook, people see that real chemistry, they can’t help but root for it.’
And he was even more pleased to learn that the film was helping to educate some viewers about rodeo culture.
He explained: ‘I knew riders growing up and when I got the script I helped to develop it and made sure I would honestly tell the world what the rodeo means to people.
‘There are always two sides to every story and there’s always good and bad on all sides. I always think that’s an interesting story to tell so that’s what we did.’
Now Shaun is looking ahead to the release of his other projects, which are set to drop later this year.
First up is American Fighter which is ‘a gritty 1980s period piece’, and a zany roadtrip comedy flick titled Wheels of Fortune.
Roped is available to stream to your hearts content on Netflix.
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