The Notting Hill star mentioned she averted the style for nearly 20 years as a result of there have been no scripts that matched the extent of her well-known movies like Pretty Woman or My Best Friend’s Wedding.
Other than her temporary appearances in ensemble rom-com Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day and romance drama Eat Pray Love, the actor’s final rom-com outing was 2001’s America’s Sweethearts.
Roberts, 54, informed The New York Times that she was not avoiding the style, it’s simply that good scripts didn’t come her approach.
“People sometimes misconstrue the amount of time that’s gone by that I haven’t done a romantic comedy as my not wanting to do one,” Roberts mentioned. “If I had read something that I thought was that ‘Notting Hill’ level of writing or ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ level of madcap fun, I would do it. They didn’t exist until this movie that I just did that Ol Parker wrote and directed.”
Roberts mentioned she would have mentioned no to Ticket to Paradise if it was not for Clooney, 60, her co-star in movies resembling Ocean’s Eleven and Money Monster.
She thought the movie labored solely with Clooney.
“Lo and behold, George felt it only worked with me. Somehow we were both able to do it, and off we went,” Roberts mentioned about returning to the style.
When requested by NYT if she averted romantic comedies for 20 years as a result of “there wasn’t a single good script, not one,” Roberts answered, “Yeah.”
“Here’s the thing: If I’d thought something was good enough, I would have done it,” Roberts mentioned.
“But I additionally had three children within the final 18 years. That raises the bar much more as a result of then it’s not solely ‘Is this material good?’ It’s additionally the mathematics equation of my husband’s work schedule and the youngsters’ faculty schedule and summer time trip.
“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 actor, who’s married to cinematographer Daniel Moder, mentioned she felt a way of duty along with her kids as they grow old.
“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.”
In the NYT interview, Roberts additionally debunked one of many long-standing rumours about her iconic smile being insured for USD 30 million.
“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.’”