Julia Roberts Reflects On Her Hiatus From Rom-Coms


| LAST UPDATE 04/20/2022

By Lily Tipton
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In the early days of her career, Julia Roberts stole the nation's hearts with her impeccable romantic-comedy movie catalog. From Pretty Woman to Notting Hill, she brought an unexplainable magic to the screen as one half of the film's leading couple. And then almost twenty years went by, and our favorite star was seen nowhere near another rom-com movie, choosing to only appear in more serious dramatic films such as Eat Pray Love and Money Monster. This October, she is set to finally appear alongside George Clooney in the rom-com Ticket to Paradise. But we can't help but wonder what was behind her break from the genre till now? Was this a conscious decision? Here's what she had to say.

“People sometimes misconstrue the amount of time that’s gone by that I haven’t done a romantic comedy as my not wanting to do one. If I had read something that I thought was that Notting Hill level of writing or My Best Friend’s Wedding level of madcap fun, I would do it,” she explained to the New York Times Magazine. With that in mind, we can only begin to imagine how good the script is for her upcoming film if this is what finally did the trick!

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Even once she found the script, Roberts knew it would only fulfill its full potential with a certain leading man on board. "I thought, 'Well, disaster, because this only works if it's George Clooney.' Lo and behold, George felt it only worked with me. Somehow we were both able to do it, and off we went," she told the New York Times. This film will mark the pairs fifth movie together. 

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Thankfully, Roberts revealed in this interview that she loves the romantic comedy genre and would be interested in doing more in the future. "The good news is yes. I love to laugh and be funny. You get into that mode of those endorphins going off when you’re clever and people going, ‘Oh!’ Then that becomes this automatic thing where you’re always thinking in terms of creating fun. It’s a joy to play in that sandbox. It has been a long time." No trailer has been released yet for the upcoming movie, but we just know it will be good. Stay tuned!

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