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Workplace Romance in Confessions of a Shopaholic

Who's Right About Office Love: Isla Fisher or Hugh Dancy?

The much buzzed about Confessions of a Shopaholic comes out tonight and I can't wait to get my cute movie fix. Isla Fisher plays the movie's heroine, Rebecca Bloomwood, while Hugh Dancy plays Rebecca's boss and love interest. There's lots of scripted chemistry, but the costars' off-screen characters seemed divided in their opinions of workplace romance when they were asked about the issue while promoting their film.

Isla's take on office love:

I think it works out very well for Rebecca Bloomwood in the story because Luke Brandon actually uncovers her voice and helps her to fulfill her . . . Personally, I’m not a fan of romance in the workplace because, you know, you start seeing someone everyday.

Hugh's take:

Work-based romance? As long as it’s legal, I think it’s okay. . . We’ve all had our own share of work-based romance I expect. I think as long as there’s actually some romance in it, as long as that’s not just a euphemism for something else entirely, it’s probably a good thing.

Photos courtesy of Disney

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emalove emalove 6 years
I don't know...they say you should never work with anyone close to you, like family or friends. I'm guessing this would apply to a significant other too! I don't think it's the best idea, but I know in some cases, it can work.
macgirl macgirl 6 years
My husband was my boss for 4 years before we started dating. It was really hard at first and I am constantly trying to prove I am not just the bosses wife and really am good at what I do to people who haven't seen me work. With that said and all- there is something to being with someone that has the same interests as you. We mesh in a geeky way that I haven't found before. I just don't think casual office romances would be for everyone.
ilanac13 ilanac13 6 years
i like hugh's take on it. (granted i met my fiance at work so that's kind of why i think that way). it's interesting if you think about it but i figure that as long as you work on different things and in different departments then it's ok. if you were to date your assistant/boss then there would be a complication and a conflict of interest.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I used to work at a company where a lot of us were recent college grads and many of the people I worked with were single and looking, so we had lots of office romances. It was kind of cool for the ones that worked out, but definitely awkward for those that didn't.
hibiscus96818 hibiscus96818 6 years
I've never been in a situation like that, but I can see the good and bad in it. If it goes well, you get to spend so much more time with your S.O.(and we all know how rare that can be these days), but if it doesn't work out, you are left angry and hurt and forced to see that person every day - YIKES! Also, if there is a fight or something at home it could spill over into work and cause problems there.
ylovely ylovely 6 years
I had a romance that began at my place of work. It went well and we fell in love. We had a great friendship and I loved his family and they loved me. I ultimately left the company and went to work elsewhere. Not too long after that our relationship ended as well. So I'm not certain if office romance is a bad thing or not.
lawchick lawchick 6 years
maybe the trick is to only get involved with temps or interns! when I met my husband, he was an intern at our office --- so if it hadn't worked out, at least he would have been gone quickly - LOL
starangel82 starangel82 6 years
I've never seen an office romance turn out well. But I imagine it can happen. lawchick says it did. :)
lawchick lawchick 6 years
I met my husband at work, so obviously I'm not against it!
skigurl skigurl 6 years
it's not likely to end well i know a guy within my office (but i don't work actually with him) who is dating a close colleague...ie: they work together every day, have the same boss, and can see each other from their cubicles....no thank you! too close for comfort!
heatherhas heatherhas 6 years
Dating someone you work with never ends well.
shydcgirl28 shydcgirl28 6 years
It's fine until you have an argument outside the office that carries over into the next day at the office...then work becomes your personal hell.
aimeeb aimeeb 6 years
Eh I want to say I'm more on the no side although I don't know, never been in that scenario...
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