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Jason Momoa Took His Mom to Meet Julia Roberts — And They Both ‘Geeked Out’

Even Aquaman can’t keep his cool all the time.

Jason Momoa, 39, who plays the titular DC Comics character in the upcoming film, shared on Instagram that he and his mother got very excited to meet Julia Roberts, 51, when both stars appeared as guests on The Late, Late Show with James Corden.

In one selfie of the father of two and the beloved actress, they flashed silly faces at the camera. For the second and third images, Momoa’s mother, Coni, joined them. In a white peasant blouse, she was all smiles over the close celebrity encounter.

The actor captioned the photo: “Took me MA to see James Corden. Meet the legend Julia Roberts the momoaz geeked out a lil. Aloha j.”

During the talk show, the Game of Thrones alum took the stage with the Academy Award winner and his Aquaman costar Yahya Abdul-Mateen II to talk about superheroes — “I’m Clark Kent on the outside but on the inside, I’ll f—ing kill ya,” Roberts joked.

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2019 Critics Choice Awards Nominations

Congratulations to Julia on her Critics Choice Award nomination for her role in Homecoming.

Best Drama Series
Jodie Comer – Killing Eve (BBC America)
Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Deuce (HBO)
Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Sandra Oh – Killing Eve (BBC America)
Elizabeth Olsen – Sorry for Your Loss (Facebook Watch)
Julia Roberts – Homecoming (Amazon)
Keri Russell – The Americans (FX)

Best Drama Series
The Americans (FX)
Better Call Saul (AMC)
The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
Homecoming (Amazon)
Killing Eve (BBC America)
My Brilliant Friend (HBO)
Pose (FX)
Succession (HBO)

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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 does her finest work in years as the loving mom in ‘Ben Is Back’

A beautiful review from USA Today on Julia’s performance in Ben is Back!

“Ben Is Back” is a deceptively fitting entry in the holiday movie season, one that combines the nation’s opioid crisis, a tweaked Christmas movie template, and the gift that keeps on giving, Julia Roberts.

The A-lister teams with 21-year-old Lucas Hedges (previously Oscar-nominated for “Manchester by the Sea”) for the story of a loving mom who has her eyes opened to just how bad her drug-addicted son’s situation is on Christmas Eve. Writer/director Peter Hedges (aka Lucas’ father) crafts a tightly packed tale (★★★ out of four; rated R; in theaters Friday in New York and Los Angeles, expands to additional cities through December) that starts like emotional gangbusters, loses its way a bit, yet finds a way home balancing gut-wrenching episodes and hopeful feelings.

Preparing to ready her little ones for a Christmas pageant and finish her holiday prep, Holly Burns (Roberts) receives an unexpected surprise at her upstate New York door in the form of 19-year-son Ben (Lucas Hedges), who’s supposed to be in rehab. He tells Holly and his stepfather Neal (Courtney B. Vance) that he’s on a 24-hour leave, though the festive season hasn’t always been the best in keeping Ben sober.

While Neal and Ben’s sister Ivy (Kathryn Newton) are concerned about his being there – especially around two younger children – Holly lacks any sort of reticence. She’s simply glad to have her boy back for Christmas, taking him clothes shopping, escorting him to an AA meeting and doing whatever she can. Unfortunately, the family’s return home from the pageant is met with disaster: Someone’s broken into the house and kidnapped their beloved dog, and Ben suspects one of his old drug buddies.

From there, “Ben Is Back” becomes a sort of reverse “A Christmas Carol”: In the wee hours, Holly and Ben revisit assorted shady folks from his past and Holly learns hard truths about Ben’s addiction and mistakes he’s made. The movie also turns into something of a Lifetime-style crime thriller, with lots of over-the-top melodrama to be had as Holly desperately drives all around town when Ben goes rogue.

But Roberts is splendidly raw and dynamic throughout the plot’s ups and downs. Between this, Amazon’s streaming series “Homecoming” and last year’s weeper “Wonder,” we’re enjoying a definite Juliassance, and “Ben Is Back” is Roberts’ best film work since her Oscar-winning turn in 2000’s “Erin Brockovich.” As Holly goes from naïve parent to angry mother on a mission, the love never wavers for her struggling child as she faces all of her worst nightmares on one harrowing night.

And per usual, Hedges is outstanding in yet another awards-caliber film. (Someday this kid might just give an average performance, though probably not when his dad’s in the director’s chair.) While not as strong a showing as his lead role in the gay-conversion drama “Boy Erased,” Hedges gives Ben a great dark edge and agitated, nervous energy to go with his natural charisma, so the audience (and Holly) can’t totally be sure if he’s being straight with his issues at any given moment.

In tackling teenage drug abuse, “Ben Is Back” is more successful than the narratively similar “Beautiful Boy” in showing the effects of an addict on family members, particularly when it comes to the mental aspect of trying to get well. Having the talents of Roberts and the young Hedges on display, with a gripping push-and-pull between them as mother and son, is the needed bow on this holiday-ready presentation.

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Golden Globe Nominations

Congratulations to Julia on her Golden Globe nomination for her role on Homecoming!

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Julia Roberts, Homecoming
Keri Russell, The Americans