Julia Roberts on why she's doing her first rom-com in 20 years

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Julia Roberts on why she's doing her first rom-com in 20 years
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Julia Roberts was a rom-com icon of the 1990s, starring in classics such as Pretty Woman, for which she was Oscar nominated, My Best Friend's Wedding, Notting Hill and Runaway Bride.

The 54-year-old Hollywood actress is set to lead her first romantic comedy for two decades, starring opposite George Clooney in Tickets to Paradise.

Roberts has explained that her absence from the genre which ascended her to superstar status hasn't been intentional, but a result of the lack of a decent script or original idea.

She also explained that she considers herself a proud "homemaker", and has been busy raising her three children with husband cinematographer Daniel Moder - so a script would have to be exceptionally good to coax her away from her family.

"Here's the thing: If I'd thought something was good enough, I would have done it," she told The New York Times. But I also had three kids in the last 18 years. That raises the bar even more because then it's not only 'Is this material good?' It's also the math equation of my husband’s work schedule and the kids' school schedule and summer vacation.

Photo credit: Daniele Venturelli - Getty Images
Photo credit: Daniele Venturelli - Getty Images

"It's not just, 'Oh, I think I want to do this.' I have a sense of great pride in being home with my family and considering myself a homemaker."

The star also spoke of her 'sense of responsibility' to her children, and her daughter in particular, to show them that she also needs a creative outlet outside of the domestic sphere, something "meaningful" for herself.

She continued: "As they get older, and particularly with my daughter, I do have a sense of responsibility for showing my children that I can be creative and that it’s meaningful to me — so meaningful that for periods of time I will choose to focus on that almost more than my family, which has been hard for me to come to terms with."

Roberts also denied the longstanding rumour that her trademark smile was insured for $30 million back in her rom-com heyday.

She joked: "No. What am I insuring it against? How would you do that? … I mean, if my smile was insured, there would be someone at my house on a nightly basis saying, 'You need to floss longer.'"

Photo credit: Getty
Photo credit: Getty

Tickets to Paradise follows a divorced couple [Roberts and Clooney] that teams up and travels to Bali to stop their daughter from making the same mistake they think they made 25 years ago. The movie is written and directed by Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again filmmaker Ol Parker, and also stars Kaitlyn Dever and Billie Lourd.

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