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Julia Roberts and Patricia Arquette on Thriving in Hollywood as ‘Rad 51-Year-Old’ Women

Julia is featured as part of the Variety Actors on Actors series this year and she sat down with fellow actor Patricia Arquette.

Here is a video of the full interview.

Performers taking part in our Actors on Actors conversations usually come prepared. But Patricia Arquette has done more than her share of homework when she walks into a Hollywood studio on a Sunday afternoon to interview Julia Roberts. Arquette, who jokes she wants a career pivot to hosting a talk show, has scribbled detailed notes on a sheet of paper — and goes one step further in the green room, asking Twitter followers to submit questions too.

A late-night interview show may not be out of reach for Arquette. Once on camera, she conducts one of the more probing interviews of the weekend — with a little help from her 300,000 or so social-media friends. “Now, do you know any of these people?” Roberts wonders as Arquette starts reading from her phone.

“No, I don’t,” Arquette says. “You’re a loved woman. Deal with it.”

Really, both of them are. Roberts and Arquette have both won Oscars and every other award known to woman­kind. And they proved that they retain the capacity to surprise. Arquette went dark, first as a prison employee involved in a breakout on Showtime’s “Escape at Dannemora” and then as a villainous mother on Hulu’s “The Act.” And Roberts, among the last holdout movie stars to make the leap into television, found a project worthy of her dramatic chops, as a therapist at a facility for war veterans on Amazon’s “Homecoming.” TV may have been a new frontier for Roberts — but she took to it as easily as Arquette did to interviewing.

Patricia Arquette: I have a funny story.

Julia Roberts: OK.

PA: So many, many, many years ago, one of my early auditions was for a movie called “3,000.” Most people don’t know that “3,000” was the original “Pretty Woman” script. And the ending was really heavy.

JR: Threw her out of the car, threw the money on top of her, as memory serves, and just drove away, leaving her in some dirty alley.

PA: Right. So it really read like a gritty art movie. When you first read it, it was that incarnation.

JR: I got the part in “3,000.” I love that you’re asking me this question, but I had no business being in a movie like that. This small movie company folded over the weekend, and by Monday, I didn’t have a job.

PA: Wow.

JR: There was one producer that stayed with the script, and it went to Disney. I thought, “Went to Disney? Are they going to animate it?” Garry Marshall came on, and because he’s a great human being, he felt it would only be fair to meet me, since I had this job for three days and lost it. And they changed the whole thing. And it became more something that is in my wheelhouse.

PA: I never knew any of that. But I also had a fantasy of recasting you in “3,000,” the original script, and you could even do it now.

JR: I couldn’t do it then. I couldn’t do it now. Thank God it fell apart. Even in “Pretty Woman,” if I had to be in a slip, I’d be covered in hives. I was breaking out in a cold sweat watching “Escape at Dannemora.”… Oh, my Christ. I just don’t even know.

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Julia Roberts Says She’s ‘Floating’ After Learning That She Inspired Meghan Markle to Act

Meghan Markle may have left her acting days behind when she married into the royal family, but Julia Roberts can still partially take credit for her career.

The now Duchess of Sussex, 37, shared in a Glamour profile back in August 2017 that Roberts, 51, inspired her to act, and the Oscar winner was thrilled to hear the news. PEOPLE caught up with Roberts at the New York premiere of Ben Is Back Monday night, where she was surprised to learn that she has a royal fan.

“It’s a great night for me!” Roberts exclaimed, saying she wasn’t previously aware of Markle’s admiration. “But I am just going to be floating on that all night!”

As part of the profile, Markle listed the 10 women who “changed her life,” and Roberts was included among Madeline Albright, novelist Toni Morrison, Joni Mitchell and Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland. Markle singled out Roberts for inspiring the best compliment she had ever received.

“She was the first person I saw onscreen and thought, ‘That looks like so much fun; I wanna do that,’ ” Markle wrote of Roberts. “When I was younger, someone once told me, ‘You kind of look like Julia Roberts in profile.’ It was the best compliment of all time.”

Roberts is busy promoting the heart-wrenching drama Ben Is Back, also starring Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges. The movie, directed by Hedges’ Oscar-nominee dad Peter Hedges, follows as Hedges’ Ben comes back home from rehab for the holidays.

To get comfortable playing a family, Roberts said she invited the father and son, along with movie daughter Kathryn Newton, to her house several times before filming.

“We just spent a few days where they would all come over and I would say to Lucas and Kathryn, ‘Okay, the kids are gonna take you guys surfing, so you’re gonna go down to the beach and Peter and I are gonna be here talking about stuff and making lunch.’ And off they’d go,” Roberts told EW, referring to her three kids with husband Danny Moder — Hazel and Finn, 13, and Henry, 11.

Ben Is Back hits theaters Friday.

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Julia Roberts: How ‘Homecoming’ Co-Star ‘Saved Her Life’ on First Day of Shooting

It’s not every day one can say they once saved Julia Roberts’ life.

But her “Homecoming” costar Shea Whigham can.

“Did she tell you how I saved her life?” Whigham asked Variety Wednesday night at the Amazon series’ premiere in Los Angeles.

The two were shooting a scene together on the first day of production when Whigham saw a flag — a large piece of fabric in a metal frame used to block the sun during filming — above them come loose from its base.

“It started flying toward her head and I didn’t really know her at the time and I had to jump in and sort of envelop her, which was really kind of weird. She was like, ‘What the hell?’ and then she saw the flag on the ground.”

Roberts confirms the incident.

“He did save my life,” the Oscar winner told Variety. “I do say he saved my life but if someone put my feet to the fire and ask, ‘Did he save your life?,’ I’d say, ‘He at least saved me a trip to the hospital.’”

Showrunner and director Sam Esmail said he watched it all go down on a monitor. “At first I wanted to yell at Shea,” he said. “He kind of jumped on her, but then I saw the flag.”

In lighter news from the set, Esmail revealed that he and Roberts enjoyed playing board games together.

“She great at mahjong and Anomia,” he said. “She got me hooked on mahjong.”

“Homecoming” starts streaming on Amazon on Nov. 2.

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