The Secret star Jerry O’Connell says book got him through ‘difficult’ time

The Secret star Jerry O’Connell says book got him through ‘difficult’ time
Katie Holmes and Jerry O’Connell star in The Secret: Dare To Dream (Lionsgate/PA)

The Secret: Dare To Dream star Jerry O’Connell says the best-selling self-help book got him through a “difficult” period of his life.

Rhonda Byrne’s 2006 book is based on the law of attraction, which claims positive and negative thoughts can have a direct influence on someone’s life.

It proved wildly popular, selling more than 30 million copies around the world.

Katie Holmes and Jerry O’Connell star in The Secret: Dare To Dream (Lionsgate/PA)

A Hollywood film based on the book stars Katie Holmes as a struggling widow trying to make ends meet when she bumps into a mysterious stranger, played by Josh Lucas, who extolls the virtues of positive thinking.

O’Connell plays Holmes’ on-screen boyfriend and revealed he is a believer of The Secret’s message and that it got him through a tough period.

He told the PA news agency: “I had a co-worker who gave it to me, who told me I was being very negative at work. They gave it to me and it did really help me out during a difficult professional time in my life.”

O’Connell, 46, added: “Maybe I manifested being in the movie version.”

The actor, who shot to fame after playing Vern Tessio in 1986 coming-of-age film Stand by Me, dismissed any snobbery towards faith-based movies.

Pointing to The Secret’s huge readership, he said: “I think there’s a fanbase there.

“For people who loved the book, this is going to be all their greatest hits in this movie and for people who haven’t – it’s a positive film for them to see.”

O’Connell was also full of praise for The Secret: Dare To Dream director Andy Tennant, best known for movies including Sweet Home Alabama and Hitch, as well as for his co-stars.

He said: “I just loved working with Katie, she’s not only a great actress, she’s a great mum. I just loved working with her and Josh – he’s a great scene partner. It was really a top notch group of people.”

The Secret: Dare To Dream is available on digital release now and on DVD October 5.

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