Decades after Pretty Woman premiered, Julia Roberts is addressing a longstanding rumor about what happened on the rom-com classic’s set.
During her recent appearance on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, the show’s host asked about the rumor. “Is it true that sometimes [director] Garry Marshall would tickle your feet off camera during Pretty Woman to get you to laugh during a scene?”
Julia Roberts declared that rumor is just not true. However, she stated that Marshall would do other things to get her to laugh. “He would say, ‘Action! Be funny!’” she recalled. “And then I’m just supposed to be laughing or something… I guess you have to know all these people’s names to appreciate this, but he called me the ‘schlumpy girl’ and he would say, ‘If the schlumpy girl married Raul Julia, she’d be Julia Julia!’”
According to IMDb, Pretty Woman follows a man in a legal but hurtful business who needs an escort for some social events. He then hires a prostitute he ends up following in love with. Starring in the film with Julia Roberts was Jason Alexander and Richard Gere.
Pretty Woman is not only a cult classic, it was a huge success at the box office. It achieved $463.4 million while in theaters.
Julia Roberts Admits that ‘Pretty Woman’ Probably Wouldn’t Have Been in the 21st Century
While speaking to The Guardian in 2020, Julia Roberts shared why she doesn’t believe Pretty Woman would be made in this day and age.
“So many things you could poke a hole in,” she explained. “But I don’t think it takes away from people being able to enjoy it.”
Julia Roberts also said the film really is not a measure of talent, particularly the beginning. “It’s a measure of good fortune – and being able to have your wits about you enough to make something out of that good fortune.”
Roberts then spoke about almost rejecting Notting Hill to avoid making a career mistake. She explained that the film didn’t seem as lucky as Pretty Woman. “I did not want to do that movie,” she admitted. “The pitch of it sounds awful, right? Do you want to come and play the world’s biggest movie star and then fall in love with the bookshop owner? No!”
However, despite her initial reaction to the film, Julia Roberts went for it. “‘What the hell?’ I, you know… And it’s this great little jewel or a movie.”
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