To talk about Julia Roberts is to refer to one of the most important actresses of recent years, as well as a representative of romantic comedies, starring in many of the most successful films of this genre.
Films like Pretty Woman or Notting Hill have become unforgettable works for fans of the Oscar winner for Best Actress and for lovers of this type of film, although Roberts has not appeared again in a film of this genre in the last 20 years.
Roberts breaks silence on rom-coms
Now, Roberts, 54, has decided to speak openly about her long involuntary retirement from romantic comedies, explaining that it has been due to circumstances both in her personal life and the level of scripts that have come into her hands.
“If I had read something that I thought was ‘Notting Hill’ level of writing or ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ level of madcap fun, I would do it,” Roberts told New York Times Magazine.
“They didn’t exist until this movie that I just did (Ticket to Paradise) that Ol Parker wrote and directed,” she added.
Her family is the reason Roberts paused rom-coms
But that’s not all, because if Roberts has preferred to pass up opportunities to return to starring in a romantic comedy, it has also been because in recent decades her priorities have changed and focused on her partner and children.
“Here’s the thing: If I’d thought something was good enough, I would have done it…. 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.”
“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,” she added.
Roberts also hopes that through her life choices she will convey to her children how she prioritizes her career and family, and that not every opportunity is worthwhile, as her intention has been “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.”