‘Parent Trap’ star Elaine Hendrix talks age gap with Dennis Quaid: ‘I thought we had tremendous chemistry’


Elaine Hendrix was 26 when she was cast as Dennis Quaid’s on-screen girlfriend in “The Parent Trap”. And despite their age difference, the two hit it off instantly.

“I thought we had a great chemistry,” the actress told Insider on Wednesday. “…I think it worked well.”

At the time, Quaid was a “younger” 44 years – 18 years older than her. However, in the 1998 romantic comedy, the age difference of the two is noticeable.

“Clearly, [my character] Meredith Blake isn’t 26 on average,” explained the now 50-year-old. “I couldn’t relate to all that. But how put-together she was and how ambitious she was—which I could definitely relate to.”

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Dennis Quaid and Elaine Hendrix in ‘The Parent Trap’ (1998).
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In 2019, Quaid, now 67, got engaged to doctoral student Laura Savoie, who is 39 years younger. The couple parted ways in 2020.

Quaid and Savoie first met at a business event before they started dating in 2019. people magazine Reported. The star, who has been married three times before, insisted that “it was love at first sight.”

Originally from St. Louis, Savoie attended Pepperdine University, where she was class valedictorian, the outlet reported. He received a master’s degree in accountancy at the University of Notre Dame.

“I just love who he is as a person,” Quaid said. “Her character, her intelligence, of course, her beauty. And her view of the world.”

Savoie said she had “never met anyone who loves life so much.”

Dennis Quaid and Laura Savoie run away on June 2, 2020 in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Dennis Quaid and Laura Savoie run away on June 2, 2020 in Santa Barbara, Calif.
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“It seems like nothing can bring him down,” she explained. “Just having a life with someone who lives like that is inspiring to me. It changes my perspective and it brings so much joy to every day.”

In late 2019, Quaid spoke to The Guardian about facing criticism for dating a younger woman.

“That was really a laugh,” he said at the time. “I thought it was really wonderful.”

The “Parent Trap” star said she and Savoie are not taking commentary personally.

“No, it doesn’t really bother us,” he insisted. “Everyone comes from their own point of view of life and so I can’t comment on the way they feel; I can’t even get angry.”

Quaid also shared that it was never his intention to find someone of Savoie’s age.

Denise Quaid was previously married to actress Meg Ryan.  The 10-year marriage ended in 2001.

Denise Quaid was previously married to actress Meg Ryan. The 10-year marriage ended in 2001.
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“I didn’t go out looking for age differences or someone really younger than me,” he explained. “I met him at a business event and then the relationship developed.

“You have no control over who you fall in love with,” he continued. “I don’t fall in love easily. But I can’t let that be what some people think. I’ve been married three times and this is the last I know it is. I think I have one A real partner in life.”

Quaid previously dated longtime girlfriend Santa Auzina, whom he was last photographed in December 2018, People reported. The couple, who were together for a little over two years, began dating in 2016 after Quaid split from his wife of 12 years, Kimberly Buffington. The former couple finalized their divorce in April 2018.

Quaid was previously married to actress Meg Ryan. The 10-year marriage ended in 2001.

And before that, Quaid was married to actress PJ Soules from 1978 to 1983.

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