Love Actually is one of those movies that people have watched every holiday season since the film came out in 2003. With its huge cast, it's also one of those movies with a whole bunch of romantic storylines, all very unique and special in their own ways. Who could forget when Aurelia (Lucia Moniz) dives into the lake to save pages of Jamie's (Colin Firth) novel? Or when Daniel (Hugh Grant) receives a Christmas card from Natalie (Martine McCutcheon) and immediately runs to her? Sigh. Gasp. Swoon. Though all those romances are all well and good, hands down the cutest love story is that of Joanna (Olivia Olson) the gut-busting singer of "All I Want for Christmas Is You" and the boy that longs so for her, Sam (Thomas Sangster). Even more amazing is the fact that, if you squint, Joanna and Sam's relationship from Love Actually worked out straight into the present day.
Young Sam spends the whole movie trying to woo young Joanna with his mad drumming skills as accompanist to her Mariah Carey cover. His dash to the airport, and subsequent success, warms my Grinch-sized heart so much that it quadruples in size. Joanna, a young Olivia Olson, is the cutest 12-year-old love interest Hollywood has to offer, with her snazzy fashion sense and insane voice. Their successful love can give hope for any cross-ocean romance. But, though their relationship seemed to work out at the end, there are still a lot of unanswered questions. Like, what happned when they grew up? Did they stay together or did the distance get to them? DId they join in a rock band and continue to make percussion-heavy music together? As it turns out, Disney can answer those questions for you.
In real life, Olson began to voice act in the Disney television series Phineas and Ferb as Vanessa Doofenshmirtz, the daughter of mad scientist Heinz Doofenshmirtz. In a cute twist, Thomas Sangster is the voice of Ferb. And, just like Sam from Love Actually, Ferb has a big ol' crush on the musically inclined Vanessa, playing backup to her diva on many an occasion. Unfortunately for the poor sap, this Olivia Olson character does not seem to reciprocate the feels.
While that may seem to be a sad ending to Joanna and Sam's storyline on Love Actually, I wouldn't lose hope. I like to think that Joanna and Sam are best friends and co-workers, just like their actors Olson and Sangster. Two child actors becoming adult voice actors, who still work together and play a very similar "lovestruck boy and musically talented girl" dynamic? It might not be a direct nod to their Love Actually characters, but it's still the kind of coincidence that's too good to be true. It's exactly the kind of thing that any Love Actually fan should be smiling about when they re-watch Sam and Joanna's love story on their screens again this Christmas.