Oral History: Adam Sandler and the Hardships of Love

by Jack Tewksbury August 8, 2019
Actor and coemdian Adam Sandler, 2002, Golden Globe nominee

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For over 40 years the HFPA has recorded famous and celebrated actresses, actors and filmmakers. The world's largest collection of its kind - over 10,000  items - is now in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Margaret Herrick Library. In this excerpt from our archives from 2002, Adam Sandler, star of director Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love- which earned him a Golden Globe nomination- talks about one of the themes in the film - the intricacies of dating.

“I’ve always been kind of chicken to ask a girl out growing up. I fell in love a million times. Whatever girl was talking to me in the classroom I love that girl. She’s amazing. She’s actually saying words to me but, yeah, to ask somebody out,  I was terrified. I wasn’t afraid to have a friend do it for me - 'don’t say I like her but say if Adam liked you, what do you think your reaction would be ?' and then I’d get the feedback. I went out with girls I never officially asked myself. I’d say Billy says we’re a couple and we’re going out but, yeah, I lucked into the situation with my girlfriend now or fiancée now. I had stayed in the house for about a year. No fun. My agent said you got to go to a party sometime and be around people and I was like yeah, all right, let me do that. He sat me down with one girl and I ended up saying something crazy like I’m throwing a ball out, would you like to come to the game and see that and she said yeah. She also said she’s going home for a couple of weeks to see her grandmother and I fell in love with her more hearing that. She liked her grandma, that made me happy and then she came back and got us going so I... I am pretty chicken. Luckily, I won’t have to do it again.” (She was actress and model Jacqueline Titone - they were married a year later and have two children.)