Julia Roberts on not doing rom-coms for 20 years: If something was Notting Hill level, I would do it
Julia Roberts said she avoided the rom-com genre for almost two decades because there were no scripts that matched the level of her famous films like Pretty Woman or My Best Friend’s Wedding.
Hollywood star Julia Roberts, who ruled the romantic comedy scene in the 90s, is returning to the genre after a gap of 20 years with Ticket to Paradise opposite George Clooney.
The Notting Hill star said she avoided the genre for almost two decades because there were no scripts that matched the level of her famous films like Pretty Woman or My Best Friend’s Wedding.
Other than her brief appearances in ensemble rom-com Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day and romance drama Eat Pray Love, the actor’s last rom-com outing was 2001’s America’s Sweethearts.
Roberts, 54, told The New York Times that she was not avoiding the genre, it’s just that good scripts did not come her way.
“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,” Roberts said. “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. They didn’t exist until this movie that I just did that Ol Parker wrote and directed.”
Roberts said she would have said no to Ticket to Paradise if it was not for Clooney, 60, her co-star in films such as Ocean’s Eleven and Money Monster.
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She thought the film worked only with Clooney.
“Lo and behold, George felt it only worked with me. Somehow we were both able to do it, and off we went,” Roberts said about returning to the genre.