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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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The 25 Most Powerful Stylists in Hollywood 2019

Julia and her stylist Elizabeth Stewart are featured on the cover of the new Hollywood Reporter. Here is a video from the shoot and information about Julia’s friend and stylist.

Elizabeth Stewart
Clients: Julia Roberts, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Viola Davis, Gal Gadot, Jessica Chastain

WHY SHE MATTERS The Santa Monica-based stylist has a loyal clientele that includes Homecoming’s Roberts, who has been working with Stewart since 2007. “Elizabeth is like the dream girlfriend who builds a closet around your trip and, ‘Oh, this is what you can wear to lunch, and then when you work that evening, you can wear this, and then, you can change into these shoes.’ It’s a dream scenario,” Roberts tells THR. Stewart says that the pair’s most popular look this awards season was the nude tulle Stella McCartney gown over pants that the actress wore to the Globes (“Elizabeth’s brainchild,” says Roberts). “Julia has a very specific style, but is also interested in the world of fashion and trying new things. So, that alchemy translates into looks like the Stella one,” says Stewart. Adds Roberts: “This woman is tireless in her efforts to make me look like I am effortless.”

TOP LOOK Blanchett’s fashion tour de force as 2018’s Cannes Film Festival jury president included a hand-embroidered Mary Katrantzou gown with a graphic floral motif, which took the designer’s team six months to create. “Elizabeth’s vision was so clear and we were guided by Cate on everything from the fit to the colors to the placement of the Swarovski flowers,” says Katrantzou. “When she came down the red carpet at Cannes, it was the most rewarding moment.”

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


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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A tale of two Julias: Inside the making of the edgiest roles of Julia Roberts’ career

Julia is on the cover of the new issue of Entertainment Weekly.

“Let’s call it a jubilee!” Julia Roberts quips when reminded that this year is the 30th anniversary of her big-screen debut in 1988’s Satisfaction. The film is mostly forgettable, save for the star’s first major role. But what followed was hit after hit: Pretty Woman. Sleeping With the Enemy. My Best Friend’s Wedding. Notting Hill. Erin Brockovich. Wonder. So a lavish anniversary gala isn’t that far out of left field. “I’ve been saying [I’ve been working] 30 years for 20 years,” jokes the 51-year-old actress in this week’s EW cover story (the photo shoot was so beautiful there are actually TWO different covers). “No, it feels like an accomplishment. If you made watches for 30 years, you would be proud of that.”

While she has yet to unveil a Julia Roberts line of timepieces, the Oscar winner does have two projects this fall that are already garnering acclaim and awards talk: The actress takes on her first major TV-series role as a caseworker on Amazon Prime Video’s paranoia thriller Homecoming, which begins streaming Nov. 2. Then she plays a mother struggling to keep her drug-addicted son clean and sober in Ben Is Back, out Dec. 7. Both roles are complicated women but hinge on Roberts’ innate likability. “Her baseline of charisma and talent is so high that her real skill is being able to not have anything diminish that,” says Homecoming costar and good friend Dermot Mulroney. Adds Back writer-director Peter Hedges, “She’s a movie star who happens to be a great actress, and that’s not always the case.”

Roberts filmed both projects within weeks of each other, and now they’re being released in similar proximity. “I feel like it would be nice if they came out a little further apart so I could rest on my laurels a bit,” she admits over a salmon wrap and sweet potato fries at a Malibu restaurant. “At press conferences, one person will ask you something about Homecoming and then you get super invested in that whole idea, and then someone else asks a question about Ben Is Back, and so it’s a little dizzying.” So you don’t experience similar whiplash, dear reader, we took the liberty of giving you two Julia stories for the price of one.

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Julia Roberts and Oprah Get Real About Facing Fears, Living Dreams, and the Magic of Getting Older

Julia is featured on the cover of the new issue of Harper’s Bazaar. Her interview was done by Ms. Oprah Winfrey.

America’s favorite pretty woman rock climbs in couture for our November issue.

OPRAH WINFREY: Hi, Julia Roberts.


OW: The theme of Harper’s Bazaar this month is daring, and so you actually decided that you were going to do something daring because you’re afraid of heights. That’s what I heard. Is that correct?

JR: I am afraid of heights and it’s funny because I’ve always been afraid of heights. My father was very afraid of heights, and it becomes one of these things that you say about yourself, “I’m left-handed and I’m afraid of heights.” About seven years ago, Danny and I were invited on this hike. Hike is a sophomoric way to describe what we were invited on, but I’ll just say hike. I thought to myself, “Gosh, I’m so afraid of heights,” and then I thought, “Am I still afraid of heights?” Because I never put myself in that position, so how do I even know? It’s just this thing that I say about myself. Well, I’m happy to confirm for you I am afraid of heights. It was the most harrowing, maybe seven or eight hours of my physical life, and if it had not been for Danny truly lovingly talking me through one foot in front of the other, I don’t know what I would’ve done, because really it’s this thing that takes over your whole body. It’s not like, “That’s scary. That looks so high.” It’s your throat closing, your body just breaking down. It’s a real thing, so yes, I am afraid of heights.

OW: Yes. I was with a friend once in Telluride hot-air ballooning, and Mary Kay for some crazy reason said to me, “I’m afraid of heights,” and I go, “It’s a hot air balloon. It’s not like you’re hanging from a string,” and we got up in the air and she starts trembling and says, “I’m afraid I’m going to jump over. I’m afraid I’m going to jump over,” and I said, “You’re not going to jump over because I’m going to knock you out before you jump over. If you jump over, it’s going to upset this whole balloon basket.” Anyway, that’s the first time that I recognized it’s a real thing. It’s not just, “I’m afraid of heights.” I could see somebody trembling and really afraid. So Danny talked you into it?

JR: He talked me into it and he talked me through it, and so we did live to tell the tale fortunately.

OW: It’s one thing to do it, Julia, period, but to do it in a pink evening gown, to do it in a series…

JR: Of course they’re not going to put me in incredible peril. We did things that were just high enough and just scary enough where I could still smile and throw my gown up into the air.

OW: Besides this cover shoot, what do you consider one of the most daring things you’ve ever done?

JR: Probably believing in myself.

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