Cole Sprouse is about to make you cry so much this weekend. His movie Five Feet Apart hits theaters today, March 15, and it’s more intense than all the Riverdale season finales combined. It centers on Stella (Haley Lu Richardson), a high school teenager living in a hospital with cystic fibrosis. She turns her sterile room into a sanctuary, and the nurses and other CF patients into a family. But things turn upside down when she meets a new CF patient living in the ward: Will, played by Sprouse. An attraction soon blossoms—which is a huge problem, because the nurses recommend CF patients avoid all physical contact with each other.
The movie is one part The Fault in Our Stars, two parts Everything, Everything, and all parts weepy. So Cole Sprouse called us up on his way to the airport to talk about romance, pop-culture, and what personally makes him weep. Read our conversation, below.
Glamour: This movie is going to make a lot of people cry. What movie never fails to make you cry?
Cole Sprouse: Up. The first 10 minutes of Up is seriously one of the greatest romances ever. It just really pulls on your heartstrings. The other one that never fails to make me cry is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I just think it’s beautiful. The narrative that two people were so in love, but it ended up going so poorly toward the end that they were willing to erase their memories and live in this blissful ignorance, is really powerful. The movie’s extremely well-done. I’m a huge fan of Jim Carrey. Those two movies really hit me hard.
Is there a song that makes you cry?
CS: It’s “Claire de Lune.” That was a song that meant a lot to me in my first love. During that breakup, I ended up having so many unreconciled emotions I put into that song. It always still gets me to that place.
In the movie, Stella throws Will a pretty epic surprise birthday party. What was your best birthday?
CS: I hired three clowns to come and drink around L.A. with me when I was 22. Laughy Pants, Golden Tulips, and Rex the Impossible were the clowns. My buddies and I basically just drank with clowns with the one criteria that none of us, all night, could acknowledge they were clowns. It just ended up being a really great time. All of us had so much fun, including the clowns. They didn’t even charge us at the end of the night because we all had such a blast. It was a really strange, off-the-wall, split-second decision that ended up being one of the greatest, most memorable nights I’ve ever had.
There’s a scene toward the end of the film that’s quite romantic. What’s the grandest romantic gesture you’ve ever done?
CS: I really like the road trip date. I took my girlfriend [Riverdale co-star Lili Reinhart] on a date where we drove to this location deep into Canada, and I surprised her with a big hot air balloon adventure, which was quite a bit of fun. I like traveling quite a bit. I like road-tripping. Those grand experiences always end up yielding the greatest memories—and the greatest romances.
If you’re planning a date, what would be on the agenda?
CS: My language of love is quality time. I’m not really the type of person that likes going to a movie and sitting in silence. Maybe a little breaking and entering! Some photography! Who knows?