All good reunions should involve an abundance of laughter and tears, and there were certainly both recently when EW reunited the cast of the 1997 blockbuster My Best Friend’s Wedding in Los Angeles. Star Julia Roberts, 51, and her titular BFF Dermot Mulroney, 55 (close pals in real life), arrived together and immediately wanted to get down to business.
“Let’s go see Cameron,” Roberts exclaimed excitedly while dragging Mulroney by the arm. Then came the laughter. Roberts and Cameron Diaz, 46, have, arguably, two of the best laughs in Hollywood, and their joy echoed throughout the photo studio. It only got more giggly when costar Rupert Everett, 59 — who played George, Roberts’ character’s gay wingman — arrived. The group’s buzzy, infectious energy is part of what has cemented Wedding’s status as a rom-com classic.
“People come up to me and just say, “My Best Friend’s Wedding!” and I’m like, “Aww,” says Diaz. “It’s just this joyous feeling that you get off of them. I appreciate that so much.” Mulroney is even moved to tears when talking about the film. “I think about these guys every day,” he admits. “Because people come up to me and they bring up this movie every day for the last 22 years.”
My Best Friend’s Wedding tells the story of food critic (and large-cell-phone owner) Julianne Potter (Roberts), who discovers her bestie Michael (Mulroney) is marrying pastel-loving rich Chicago college student Kimmy (Cameron Diaz). The revelation sends her into a jealousy-fueled revenge plot to steal Michael back and ruin the wedding (Julianne and Michael had “one hot month” in college but have been platonic ever since).
Wedding, which can be downloaded on Amazon Prime or iTunes, stands apart from other films in the genre for its mixture of both sweet and sour, particularly in its choice to have America’s Sweetheart, Roberts, play the rather villainous Julianne.
“Romantic comedy is a really difficult genre,” says director P.J. Hogan, who was interviewed separately from the cast. “I think what kills romantic comedies is they often feel prepackaged or like frozen food that hasn’t quite thawed — they’re just not really fresh. But when I see the film, it’s still got a snap to it. When it’s funny, it’s really funny, and the actors all glow. And I think Julia was extraordinary in the lead role. I mean, who else could’ve pulled that off?”
EW brought together the Wedding party to talk about the film, catfights, and, oh yes, karaoke.
My Best Friend’s Wedding was shot on location in Chicago in the summer of 1996 under the direction of Hogan, who had a breakout sleeper hit with 1995’s Muriel’s Wedding, and with a script by Oscar winner Ronald Bass (Rain Man). It was a return to the genre that had made Roberts a star with 1990’s Pretty Woman and provided major roles for newcomer Diaz, who made her debut in 1994’s The Mask, and Everett.
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