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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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My Best Friend’s Wedding cast reunites for EW’s romantic comedy issue

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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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Julia Roberts Opens Up About Fame, Family And New Show ‘Homecoming’

This week Julia was interviewed by Harry Smith for the Today show where she discussed her new series, Homecoming.

Julia Roberts, one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, is taking her talents to the small screen for Netflix’s new suspenseful series, “Homecoming.” NBC’s Harry Smith sits down with the superstar for a personal conversation about her work, family and how she stays grounded despite her fame.

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Julia Roberts & Dermot Mulroney Answer the Web’s Most Searched Questions with Wired

“Homecoming” stars Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulroney take the WIRED Autocomplete Interview and answer the internet’s most searched questions about themselves. Is Julia Roberts the highest paid actress? Is she related to Emma Stone? How do you pronounce Dermot Mulroney? How tall is he? Julia and Dermot answer all these questions and more!