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One element that Drew Barrymore and Justin Long‘s characters use in Going the Distance to make their long-distance relationship work is romantic gestures. But sometimes those don’t quite go  as planned.

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Drew and Justin — on-again, off-again real life couple — sat down and thought of some bad romantic gestures they’ve experiences in their own lives. Of course, we’re assuming they weren’t talking about each other!

“I once got sent an e-mail that was written in a sarcastic tone, but the person buried the lead and didn’t say he was joking,” Drew old MTV News of a love letter from an ex. “So everything in it was as horrible as you can imagine. That wasn’t funny. That was a really poorly executed romantic gesture.

“I remember another boyfriend, he bought me a cameo [silhouette pendant], and he said it reminded him of me,” Drew added. “And I thought, ‘This old, silhouetted lady reminds you of me? Huh. OK.’ “

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Instead of sharing what others have done wrong, Justin admitted to what he’s done wrong in executing a romantic gesture.

“This was actually a Valentine’s Day thing,” he said. “I went to the florist, and I saw these amazing orchids. There were, like, six orchids. It was tons of money … but I thought, ‘I’m going to do it. These are beautiful, and I’m pretty sure this person loves orchids.’”

“I brought them home,” he continued. “She was always so appreciative of just the smallest gestures I did, so I was like, ‘Her head’s going to explode.’”

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But that wasn’t the case!

“She was like [he winces] ‘I … oh … thank you,’” Justin re-enacted. “She had this story that was like a really troubling, traumatic experience that had happened to her that involved orchids that she had told me.”

“I knew there was something with orchids, I just didn’t remember that it was an awful association. It was bad. She was molested by a guy named Fred Orchid,” he joked.

Check out the interview below!

Going the Distance opens in theaters Friday!

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