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Celebrity Travel: Go away with Emily Marie Palmer

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“I was born in Salt Lake City, but my family moved to the Southeast when I was very young,” said Emily Marie Palmer, who co-stars opposite Machine Gun Kelly in the film “The Last Son.” “The first trips I have real memories of were the long summer road trips we made back to Utah to visit friends and family there. I absolutely loved them, and I still love long cross-country road trips to this day. When I shot ‘The Last Son’ in Montana, I actually chose to drive there all the way from Nashville instead of flying in for filming. I’ll take any excuse to get out on the open road!” The actress also pays homage to her family’s vaudeville roots with her single, “Holy Magic” ( Splitting her time between Nashville and Atlanta, Palmer stays in touch with fans on Instagram ( and Twitter (

Q: Where in Montana did you film “The Last Son"?

A: We shot on a beautiful ranch near Livingston. One of the biggest physical challenges for me was the wild weather we experienced. When I first arrived at the ranch, it was warm, sunny and beautiful. Less than two weeks later, the temperature plummeted below zero and it snowed nonstop! Sometimes there would be these kinds of dramatic shifts within just a few hours. We were shooting in a mountain range called “the Crazies.” It was stunningly beautiful, but definitely posed some challenges in the filmmaking process. The period setting also meant that the actors had to be dressed in 19th-century wardrobe, which really did not provide adequate warmth for the extreme climate. Fortunately, we had an incredible wardrobe team that bundled us up in between takes and worked so hard to keep us warm.

Q: I understand that you studied in France. Do you speak French?

A: I did, and I do, although I’m quite rusty conversationally at the moment. Sadly, the pandemic has meant a lot less time spent traveling and using my French. But I do understand it quite well and I love watching French films and reading French books.

Q: I saw on your Instagram that you got married in Iceland this past summer. Congratulations! How did you end up choosing Iceland?


A: Aww, thank you so very much! It was a truly perfect day. My husband, Joey, and I had originally planned to get married in the Redwoods in September 2020. After we canceled those plans due to COVID, we tried to reschedule at a different venue closer to our home, but we kept running into difficulties during that process. Finally, we realized that we had strayed pretty far from what we really wanted for our wedding day, which was just to be together in the beauty of nature that we both love so much, and to make our promises to each other in a setting that felt natural and sincere to who we are both as individuals and as a couple. We found exactly that in Iceland. We had never been there before, but we had been longing to plan a trip. I threw out the possibility of running away and eloping there, and we just immediately decided to go for it. Everything came together so perfectly — it felt really meant to be.

Q: If you had to cancel travel plans due to the pandemic, where were they to?

A: Joey and I were planning to go to London in late March 2020 for a project that he was working on. Fortunately, our airline allowed us to keep our flight credit, however, so we’re planning a trip next year — most likely to Northern Italy and Southern France, which will be new destinations for both of us.

Q: What is your favorite vacation destination?


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