On Wednesday's "The View," the co-stars revealed how they'd like a scenario such as the one in their film to translate into real life.
"I typically just go for it," Stanfield, 28, said. "If I see you and I'm feeling something, I might as well just let it be known."
Rae, 35, did not feel the same way. "I like to be chased. I like to be pointed at," she said.
Luckily for the co-stars, this is exactly how it played out for Mae and Michael in "The Photograph." The film intertwines love stories from the past and present.
"It's a multi-generational, intertwining love story," Rae said. "It shows how the past forms the present."
"We're just happy to be able to, again, be able to showcase love between two dark-skinned people on screen," Stanfield said. "By virtue of having that, show that all love is multidimensional and multifaceted."
As a part of ABC News’ Black Histoy Month speaker series, producer Will Packer spoke with "The View" co-host Sunny Hostin on Wednesday about producing "The Photograph."
"I've been wanting to do a love story for a while," Packer said. "I think that you look at it and...it's just a love story, but it happens to have black people in it and I love that because we never have enough of that, period."
"We haven't had enough of black people on screen where it's not about the trauma of being black," Packer continued. "It truly is a love story. You know, it's got ups and downs and true relationship stuff."
Packer went on to say that it's been "awesome" working with Rae and Stanfield in "The Photograph," and he raved about Stanfield's "range" as an actor.
"He's a true artist," Packer said of Stanfield. "He's got serious range, you're gonna see him in a different way than you have."
Stanfield, who starred in "Knives Out" and "Atlanta," welcomed his first child with his partner, "The Mindy Project" star Xosha Roquemore, in 2017.
"It’s quite crazy, I’m seeing it for the first time, again," Stanfield said of fatherhood on "Popcorn with Peter Travers" in 2018. "Everything is brand new. I’m paying attention to patterns in the leaves. The things I didn’t think about before, now I can feel them. It’s great."
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