In their new movie “Going the Distance,” actress Drew Barrymore and actor Justin Long star alongside each other as a couple who are trying their hardest to maintain a long-distance relationship. One is in New York City and the other is on the other side of the country in San Francisco.

And Drew says that her real-life relationship with Justin (which ended in 2008) helped the pair make their on-screen relationship seem that much more real, not to mention how easy it was to film a movie about long distance relationships with a former long distance lover.

Drew told Britain’s Daily Mirror:

“I thought it would be a unique experience to go work with someone I had a history with and who I had emotional times with and who genuinely makes me laugh and who I’m genuinely attracted to. I knew the chemistry between us would be honest so we would be able to bring a truth to the fact that a relationship can be very difficult and I thought that would be a real benefit. I think we balanced the line really well and I think we were willing to bare that chemistry and the pain and joy we’d felt in life.”

Drew Barrymore and Justin Long’s new movie “Going the Distance” hits theaters next weekend (Fri. Sep 3)!!