When Rebecca Budig traveled overseas to Bulgaria to film the thriller “Getaway” alongside Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez, she found some unexpected action off set. “We had an earthquake one night!” the Midwest native says. “I was in my hotel room by myself, freaking out. The crew was distraught. They hadn’t had an earthquake like that in 100 years.” Luckily, no one was hurt, and shooting continued on the film, in theaters nationwide Aug. 30.
Budig — who’s best known for playing Greenlee Smythe Lavery on “All My Children” and also as the wife of “Bachelor” alum Bob Guiney, whom she divorced in 2010 — says she jumped at the chance to play Leanne, the wife of Hawke’s character and eventual kidnap victim. “It’s a fun action film. I read the script and immediately wanted to be part of it,” she says. “Ethan was amazing to work with. He’s a really great guy. And he’s very hot.”
Double trouble: “The film is crazy, with a lot of car chases. My character is kidnapped, so I got roughed up a little bit — I did some stunts. I had a body double, too. I didn’t want to get thrown around too much.”
Sea change: “Bulgaria was very different. I love to see the world. It was interesting, because the [national] languages are Bulgarian and Macedonian. It was kind of hard to understand; however, the crew all knew English.”
Early start: “I started acting very young, and I went to a famed art school [in Cincinnati]. That’s where I got the bug to act professionally. I dropped out of college, and I went out to LA with my mom, where I took a lot of classes, did a lot of commercials. I did the Marky Mark workout video. We showed everyone that video!”
Chicago connection: “[My family] went up there quite a bit, every other week. I love the city and the lake — it’s beautiful. A few years ago, I went to Chicago just to see Bruce Springsteen.”