Julia Roberts reveals why she hasn’t starred in a rom-com in 20 years

She was once the queen of rom-coms, starring in big hits like Pretty Woman, Notting Hill and My Best Friend’s Wedding, but it’s now been two decades since we saw Julia Roberts in a leading role in the big screen genre (2001’s). have seen. American Sweethearts, if you ask).

However, that changes when she appears alongside George Clooney in the upcoming Ticket To Paradise. So, why did it take so long?

Speak with The New York Times Magazinethe actor revealed it had nothing to do with the fact that she didn’t really want to do another rom-com – far from it.

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“People sometimes misinterpret the amount of time that has passed that I haven’t made a romantic comedy because I don’t want to do one,” she explains.

“If I had read something that I thought was that Notting Hill level of writing or My Best Friend’s Wedding level of insane fun, I would.”

That’s why she eventually signed up for Ticket To Paradise.

“But even with that I thought, ‘well, disaster’, because this only works if it’s George Clooney. Look, George felt like it only worked for me. Somehow we were both able to do it, and off we went,” Julia added.

The Oscar winner, who co-starred with George in Ocean’s Eleven (2001), Ocean’s Twelve (2004) and Money Monster (2016), also revealed that the bar for a rom-com script was raised “even more” when she started a family. with husband Danny Moder, with whom she now shares three children.

George Clooney and Julia Roberts attend the premiere of Money Monster during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2016 in Cannes, France.
George Clooney and Julia Roberts attend the premiere of Money Monster during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2016 in Cannes, France.

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“Then it’s not just ‘Is this material good?’ It’s also the mathematical equation of my husband’s work schedule and the kids’ school schedule and summer vacation,” she continued.

“It’s not just, ‘Oh, I think I want to do this.’ I am proud to be at home with my family and consider myself a housewife.”

Julia added: “So much of my kids’ younger life was seeing their dad leave and I’d work a little bit but they almost didn’t notice. It was like I was only out when they were taking a nap or something.

“But as they get older, and especially with my daughter, I have a sense of responsibility to show my kids that I can be creative and that it’s meaningful to me — so meaningful that I’ll choose to focus on that for a while.” concentrating almost more than my family, which I had a hard time dealing with.”

In Ticket to Paradise, Julia and George star as a divorced couple who flies to Bali to stop their teenage daughter’s wedding. The actor said it was “a joy to play in that sandbox again”.

“I like to laugh and be funny. You get into that mode of those endorphins that go off when you’re smart and people say, ‘Oh!’ Then it becomes an automatism where you always think in terms of creating fun,’ she said. “It’s a long time ago.”

The film will be released later this year.

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