Julia Roberts reveals why she took a 20-year hiatus from romantic comedies before her return with George Clooney | American News
Julia Roberts has said her 20-year break from romantic comedies was not by choice – but because the scripts offered to her did not match those of the 1990s.
The 54-year-old is known for genre classics including Notting Hill, Pretty Woman and My Best Friend’s Wedding, which saw her starring alongside actors such as Hugh Grant, Dermot Mulroney and Richard Gere.
And asked her if she chose not to appear in a romantic comedy for two decades because there was not “one good script”, Robert answered: “Yes”.
“If I thought something was good enough, I would have done it,” she told The New York Times.
“But I’ve also had three kids in the last 18 years. It raises the bar even higher because then it’s not just ‘Is this material any good?’
“It’s also the mathematical equation of my husband’s work schedule and the kids’ school schedule and summer holidays. It’s not just, ‘Oh, I think I want to do this ‘.”
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Talking about her new movie with the Hollywood star George Clooney, which is due out in October, Roberts said if she had read a script that she felt was on par with her previous hits, she would have.
“If I had read something that I thought was Notting Hill’s level of writing or My Best Friend’s Wedding level of crazy fun, I would. They didn’t exist before this movie I just made. and which Ol Parker wrote and directed.
“But even with that, I thought, well, a disaster, because it only works if it’s George Clooney. And lo and behold, George felt it only worked with me. Somehow on the other hand, we were both able to do it, and off we went,” she mentioned.
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Ticket to Paradise sees a divorced couple, played by Roberts and Clooney, travel to Bali to save their daughter from repeating the same mistake they made 25 years earlier.
The film is directed by Ol Parker, who wrote The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and directed Mama Mia! Here we go again.
It’s been 25 years since leaving my best friend’s wedding and 23 years since Notting Hill.
Roberts is married to cinematographer, Daniel Moder, and the couple have three children; Phinnaeus and Hazel, 17-year-old twins, and Henry, 14.
The couple met on the set of Roberts and Brad Pitt’s 2000 film, The Mexican.