My, how they’ve grown! Love Actually’s child stars Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Olivia Olson look back

My, how they’ve grown! Love Actually’s child stars Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Olivia Olson look back fondly on beloved romcom that made them famous… 20 years after stealing hearts with sweet onscreen romance

20 years after their beloved pre-pubescent romance stole the show in the iconic romantic comedy Love Actually, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Olivia Olson look back on their experiences.

Brodie-Sangster, 32, and Olson, 30, made their feature film debuts in the 2003 film as the lovestruck Sam and his American crush Joanna.

They both spoke with Diane Sawyer for the new special The Laughter & Secrets of Love Actually: 20 Years Later — A Diane Sawyer Special, which aired Tuesday evening on ABC, reflecting on their first major roles.

Looking back: 20 years after their beloved pre-pubescent romance stole the show in the iconic romantic comedy Love Actually, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Olivia Olson look back on their experiences

Looking back: 20 years after their beloved pre-pubescent romance stole the show in the iconic romantic comedy Love Actually, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Olivia Olson look back on their experiences

Debuts: Brodie-Sangster, 32, and Olson, 30, made their feature film debuts in the 2003 film as the lovestruck Sam and his American crush Joanna

Debuts: Brodie-Sangster, 32, and Olson, 30, made their feature film debuts in the 2003 film as the lovestruck Sam and his American crush Joanna

Reflecting: They both spoke with Diane Sawyer for the new special The Laughter & Secrets of Love Actually: 20 Years Later -- A Diane Sawyer Special, which aired Tuesday evening on ABC, reflecting on their first major roles

Reflecting: They both spoke with Diane Sawyer for the new special The Laughter & Secrets of Love Actually: 20 Years Later — A Diane Sawyer Special, which aired Tuesday evening on ABC, reflecting on their first major roles

Brodie-Sangster told Sawyer that he, ‘couldn’t even believe it had been 20 years’ since the movie came out.

‘I watched it for the first time this past Christmas since the premiere. And I’d forgotten how good it was,’ Brodie-Sangster admitted.

His character Sam sees the aging rock star Billy Mack (Bill Nighy) as a drummer, and believes that if he can become a drummer, he can truly win over Olivia.

Couldn't believe: Brodie-Sangster told Sawyer that he, 'couldn't even believe it had been 20 years' since the movie came out

Couldn’t believe: Brodie-Sangster told Sawyer that he, ‘couldn’t even believe it had been 20 years’ since the movie came out

Win over: His character Sam sees the aging rock star Billy Mack (Bill Nighy) as a drummer, and believes that if he can become a drummer, he can truly win over Olivia

Win over: His character Sam sees the aging rock star Billy Mack (Bill Nighy) as a drummer, and believes that if he can become a drummer, he can truly win over Olivia

He’s guided in his quest for love by his stepdad Daniel (Liam Neeson), whose wife Joanna had recently passed away, as Brodie-Sangster reflected on his relationship with Neeson.

‘I mean, Liam was amazing. He treats me like his son. He was absolutely loving to me. Just created this environment where I was very comfortable,’ Brodie-Sangster says.

‘At the time, I thought, you know, I was pretty much a grownup, and I’d been doing this a few years now. I kind of knew what I was doing. So, I was very serious about it. But no, looking back, I’d forgotten how small and new I was,’ he added.

Daniel: He's guided in his quest for love by his stepdad Daniel (Liam Neeson), whose wife Joanna had recently passed away, as Brodie-Sangster reflected on his relationship with Neeson

Daniel: He’s guided in his quest for love by his stepdad Daniel (Liam Neeson), whose wife Joanna had recently passed away, as Brodie-Sangster reflected on his relationship with Neeson

Amazing: 'I mean, Liam was amazing. He treats me like his son. He was absolutely loving to me. Just created this environment where I was very comfortable,' Brodie-Sangster says

Amazing: ‘I mean, Liam was amazing. He treats me like his son. He was absolutely loving to me. Just created this environment where I was very comfortable,’ Brodie-Sangster says

He added that his favorite memory of that scene was getting pizza for lunch at a store nearby, but the interview was cut short in the strangest way: threat of arrest.

During their chat, a crew member approaches and tells them they have to leave because they, ‘don’t have the proper permit and they’re going to arrest us.’ 

Brodie-Sangster called the interruption, ‘abrupt,’ while Sawyer responded with a joke.

Arrest: He added that his favorite memory of that scene was getting pizza for lunch at a store nearby, but the interview was cut short in the strangest way: threat of arrest

Arrest: He added that his favorite memory of that scene was getting pizza for lunch at a store nearby, but the interview was cut short in the strangest way: threat of arrest

Abrupt: Brodie-Sangster called the interruption, 'abrupt,' while Sawyer responded with a joke

Abrupt: Brodie-Sangster called the interruption, ‘abrupt,’ while Sawyer responded with a joke

‘Oh they are? Now we run,’ Sawyer said with a laugh.

Sawyer also caught up with Olson, who replicated her iconic rendition of All I Want For Christmas Is You, as Sawyer revealed she’s still a musician living in California. 

‘I mean, when I look back at it, I’m really proud that I was part of something so massive,’ Olson said. 

Caught up: Sawyer also caught up with Olson, who replicated her iconic rendition of All I Want For Christmas Is You, as Sawyer revealed she's still a musician living in California

Caught up: Sawyer also caught up with Olson, who replicated her iconic rendition of All I Want For Christmas Is You, as Sawyer revealed she’s still a musician living in California

Really proud: 'I mean, when I look back at it, I'm really proud that I was part of something so massive,' Olson said

Really proud: ‘I mean, when I look back at it, I’m really proud that I was part of something so massive,’ Olson said

‘Every Christmas, I get the calls and the texts. “Hey, look what I’m watching.” I think it’s grown so much and it’s become such this, like, nostalgic piece of our holidays,’ she added.

She also revealed that she kept the original script of Love Actually autographed by the entire cast.

‘I’m so glad I hung onto this for so long,’ Olivia said, as Sawyer said it reminded her of a high school yearbook. 

Script: She also revealed that she kept the original script of Love Actually autographed by the entire cast

Script: She also revealed that she kept the original script of Love Actually autographed by the entire cast

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