Even though they're now exes, actors Alexander Skarsgard and Kate Bosworth are sure to cross paths over the next few weeks. That's because the flick they met on, Straw Dogs, is due out in theaters on September 16, and they've already started doing promos galore. Of course, journos are trying to get them to stray from talking about the movie itself, lobbing questions about their relationship every which way. To their credit, Alexander and Kate have both handled the queries in an incredibly classy way.
For instance, for the BlackBook magazine cover story they shared, Kate said of Alexander, "[He] is so kind and so dedicated and so incredibly professional." And Alexander said of Kate, "Kate is such a great actress, and she’s so much more than a good-looking Hollywood starlet." Awwww.
Now that's how you talk about an ex!
Sure, not every ex is worthy of such respect, but I bet lots of people are harsh when discussing their former flame just because things ended. Or because things ended not-so-amicably.
But out of appreciation for the relationship you did once have, and the person they still are, it makes sense to be so civil, tactful, and diplomatic. It also couldn't hurt to throw in a couple of compliments. After all, even if someone turns out to be a schmuck worthy of post-breakup bad-mouthing, you must have seen something positive in them at some point.
Furthermore, hateful words aren't going to change the past or heal any wounds anyway.
I also love how in Kate and Alexander's case, both are keeping mum on the details of their breakup with the press. Alexander recently explained:
I make it a rule not to talk about myself and Kate. I so desperately try to keep my private life out of the tabloids because becoming a celebrity rather than an actor can really get in the way of a good performance.
Cheers to that!
What we do know, though, is these two clearly saw something lovely in one another. Perhaps their platonic bond was stronger than the potential for a romantic relationship. (Having gone through that a couple of times, I have to say that's one of the best case scenarios for a breakup.) Or maybe it just didn't work for a bevy of other reasons. Either way, it's refreshing to see exes treat one another with such an overwhelming amount of mutual respect. In a world where post-split mud-slinging is the status quo, we could all stand to learn something from these two.
How have you spoken about your exes after breakups?
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