Joining Katherine Heigl andGerard Butler in Columbia Pictures' new romantic comedy The Ugly Truth isemerging actor Eric Winter (TV's Brothers & Sisters) who ratchets up thecomic tension in the battle of the sexes as Heigl's ideal love prospect--thehunky, refined next-door doctor-neighbor.
In thefilm, Abby (Heigl) and Mike (Butler) throw sparks as two co-workers destined todespise one another. She's out to find a sophisticated dreampartner. He's on a mission to tell women to get real and admit that menhave just one thing on their minds. But when he decides to help her getwhat she wants, they both learn something unexpected about how powerfully eventhe most defiant opposites attract.
Winter found the script hard toresist. "It's a romantic, edgy, in-your-face comedy that takes a prettyrealistic look at dating and love," he says. "It's not a girly story,though; it has definite male appeal."
As a former pre-med student,Winter enjoyed the chance to play a surgeon. But he also faced theinteresting task of trying to perfect the notion of the "perfect man." "My character, Colin, lives in a very ideal world," he notes. "He's got agreat job, he's very stable and secure, he's very well put-together and he's anice, down-to-earth guy. He's the exact opposite of Mike. Some peoplewould find him too perfect, some people would find him boring, but I think Abbyis just motivated by trying to live up to what she thinks are hisexpectations."
But in following Mike's adviceinstead of her own impulses, Abby starts giving out some very mixedsignals. "The funny part for me is that while both Mike and Colin arejust being who they naturally are, it's Abby who is not being herself," saysWinter. "Colin and Mike are laying it on the line and ultimately, Abbyhas to choose, and figure out what's in her own heart."
Consistently deliveringmemorable performances both on film and television, Winter is quickly becomingone of Hollywood's most sought-after talents.
Prior to The Ugly Truth, hewas seen on the big screen in Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay,the hit sequel to Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.
On television, Winter has donearcs on the critically acclaimed Brothers and Sisters and the cult vampiredrama Moonlight. Early on he became a fan favorite in his televisiondebut role on the popular daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives.
Winter is a graduate of UCLA andlives in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Rosalyn Sanchez.
Openingacross the Philippines on September 30,The Ugly Truth is distributed byColumbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.