Parent Trap' s Elaine Hendrix Recalls 'Tremendous Chemistry' with Dennis Quaid Despite Age Gap
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Everett (2) Dennis Quaid and Elaine Hendrix in The Parent Trap
Elaine Hendrix and Dennis Quaid didn't have to work too hard to get their screen connection while filming The Parent Trap.
To mark the film's 23rd anniversary, Hendrix, 50, spoke to Insider about working with Quaid on the popular family comedy and said the two hit it off right away.
"I thought we had great chemistry," said Hendrix of Quaid.
Like her character Meredith Blake, Hendrix was 26 years old when filming for the film began, while Quaid was 44-18 years older than her.
Talking about their dynamic, Hendrix laughed and said, "He's just that guy."
“One of the generalized differences between men and women is that boys mature later and girls mature earlier. So I think I was kind of an older 26, ”she mused, adding that Quaid was a“ younger ”44. "I think it worked fine."
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Disney / Kobal / Shutterstock Natasha Richardson, Lindsay Lohan and Dennis Quaid in The Parents Trap
"Meredith Blake is clearly not your average 26-year-old," she said of her character, who stood out for her red convertible, designer clothes and engagement to a vineyard owner. “I couldn't do anything with any of this. But how together she was and how ambitious she was - I could definitely empathize with that. "
The age difference between their characters was also thought through by screenwriters David Swift, Charles Shyer, and Nancy Meyers (who also served as the film's director).
"The character had to be close enough to the twins' age, but not so close that you thought, 'Oh, this is really scary,'" said Hendrix.
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The age difference would reflect Quaid's real life. In 2019, the actor got engaged to Laura Savoie, 39 years his junior.
Hendrix jokingly tweeted, "Take care of these twins," when the news of their engagement broke.
The tweet was a call back to The Parent Trap's premise: twin girls, separated from their divorcing parents at birth, meet at a summer camp and plan to reunite their parents.
Quaid and Savoie ran away in Santa Barbara on June 2, 2020.
"If you just look her in the eye, she was the most stunning bride," the actor told PEOPLE at the time.
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