Ali was so enamored with the script, she says she asked for a meeting with the head of Paramount Pictures, Robert Evans. Ali charmed him into greenlighting the project, and she was cast as the sharp-tongued Jenny. The role of Oliver, the Harvard prep, was turned down by well-known actors like Jon Voight, Michael Douglas and Peter Fonda before Ryan O'Neal, a rising star, nabbed the part. "He was it," Ali says. "He walked in, and that was the end of that."
For the first time in almost a decade, Ali and Ryan reunite on the Oprah Show stage. Ali says she still remembers Ryan's audition and their instant chemistry. "First of all, he's a great kisser," she says. "It's a combination of somebody who's incredibley sexy but funny. That's just electrifying."