Julia Roberts Talks “Unappreciated” Rom-Com Genre


| LAST UPDATE 09/08/2022

By Arianna Morgan
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For the first time in over 20 years, Julia Roberts is returning to the big screen as the leading lady in the romantic-comedy, Ticket to Paradise, and we can't wait! Oh, and did we mention that she'll be starring alongside another rom-com icon, George Clooney? The stars sat down with The New York Times to discuss the upcoming film, and Roberts revealed how she really feels about the love-hate genre.

Roberts and Clooney are no strangers to one another. Not only are they good friends off-screen, but the two radiate chemistry on screen as well! What more can we ask for? Ticket to Paradise is both of the actor's first movie roles in a few years, so how appropriate that they will be starring in the rom-com together. The highly anticipated release follows Clooney and Roberts, a divorced couple who travel to Bali to stop their daughter from making the same mistake they did 25 years ago. But, seeing as it is a rom-com, things obviously shift along the way, and the pair realize there is more love for one another than they thought.

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Julia Roberts may as well be the 1990s rom-com queen, with her iconic roles in Pretty Woman, Notting Hill, and My Best Friend's Wedding. However, since the early 2000s, we haven't seen the actress return to her rom-com roots, as she claims she hasn't seen "a single good script" in 20 years. During their chat with The New York TimesRoberts explained that she believes audiences didn't appreciate the genre back during its prime, and although she loves to "participate in and watch," she believes that "they are hard to get right." Roberts questioned, "how do you keep people interested when you can kind of predict what is coming?" But hey - if anyone can do it, it's the dream team that is Roberts and Clooney.

The Pretty Woman star explained there hadn't been a "Notting Hill level of writing" since Ticket to Paradise, which is why she has steered clear of the genre since now. Both Clooney and Roberts admitted the film was "clearly written" with both of them in mind based on their indescribable chemistry. So make sure to check out the soon-to-be hit rom-com debuting October 21!

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