Meg Ryan: ‘Tom Hanks Is So SWEET!’

MEG RYAN loved working with TOM HANKS again on her new movie ITHACA, 18 years after they last appeared on screen together.

Meg Ryan

The 54-year-old actress starred opposite her long-time friend Tom in Joe Versus the Volcano in 1990, 1993’s romantic drama Sleepless in Seattle, and then in You’ve Got Mail in 1998.

Meg cast Tom in her directorial debut Ithaca, an adaptation of William Saroyan’s 1943 novel The Human Comedy , which follows the story of 14-year-old boy who delivers telegrams to families who have loved ones fighting in the Second World War.

And she was full of praise for Tom, who had a small part in the project playing her husband. “He’s so cute, isn’t he?” Meg gushed. “He’s so good and sweet. He’s got like this much (indicates a small amount with her fingers) to do in the movie, but he just hits it out of the park.”

“(Tom) did us this great big favour, he came for one day. He’s so charming and loving,” she recalled at the film’s premiere in New York on Thursday (08Sep16). “Everyone was so excited he was there.

“He said (to the crew), ‘Now we’ve gotten to know each other really well in these last 10 hours. But I just want to thank you for helping Meg on her first time out’.”

Tom Hanks

Despite their on-screen chemistry in their old hit films, you won’t catch Meg re-watching Sleepless in Seattle or You’ve Got Mail.

“I haven’t really seen the movies very often,” she said. “I mean, maybe I’ve seen each one of them once… We’re talking about like a million years ago now!”

Ithaca is in cinemas now.