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Sally Field Claims ‘Steel Magnolias’ Director ‘Picked on’ Costar Julia Roberts

Sally Field Claims ‘Steel Magnolias’ Director ‘Picked on’ Costar Julia Roberts

Sally Field has been in some incredible TV shows and movies, but she’s coming out and sharing stories from the set of Steel Magnolias. Specifically, Field is coming to the defense of costar Julia Roberts. At the time, Roberts was a young star alongside Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, and Daryl Hannah.

Field is talking about some of the on-set abusive moments that took place. She’s bringing up late director Herbert Ross, who was behind the cameras in 1989. The 77-year-old star of Norma Rae, Smokey and the Bandit, and Forrest Gump speaks harshly of Ross. According to Field, Ross was “very, very, very hard on Julia (Roberts).”

Steel Magnolias happened to have been a film adaptation of a 1987 Robert Harling play. It focuses on what’s going on with a group of women in the South.

Sally Field Holds No Punches Back

In an interview with Vulture which parts ran in the New York Post, Field says that Ross actually “picked on” Roberts. “If you ever talk to Julia, she’ll tell you,” Field said. “We would all rally around Julia because she was the baby. She was sort of the newcomer. And she was wonderful, and he just picked on her. It was awful.”

Ross died in 2001. Field even joked that Ross “could be a real son of a b*tch. Some people just need to have somebody they pick on.”

And Field was not through doubling down on Ross. She had a lot to say about the man. “But we all came to her aid, and I remember Dolly once just turned on him — always with humor, but usually the most vulgar humor you ever heard, so that it was like, you just literally don’t have a leg to stand on,” Field said.

She also said that Ross definitely treated her a little bit differently “because he dared not.”

“I mean, I don’t mind notes, but I will argue if it doesn’t make sense to me,” Field said. “But if you’re gonna be mean to me, then you’re gonna find a warrior. I may be small, but you don’t want to do that.”

Actress Popped Up on TV in the ’60s

Field has been a presence in show business since the late 1960s. One of the first shows she starred in happened to have been Gidget, where Field co-starred on the show with Don Porter. It lasted one season, but she found herself in another TV series after that one. Field starred in The Flying Nun, playing Sister Bertrille for three seasons. She also has stayed relevant in social circles over the years. In the 1970s, Field was linked together with Burt Reynolds thanks to their working together on Smokey and the Bandit.

She’s 77 now and does her best to stay busy with life. Last year, Field teamed up with Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Rita Moreno to star in 80 for Brady. And yes, former New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady made an appearance in the movie.

Roberts, 56, has an Academy Award to her credit for Erin Brockovich. Besides Steel Magnolias, other movies featuring Roberts include Pretty Woman, Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve, Charlie Wilson’s War, and Leave the World Behind. She also oversees Red Om Films, for which Roberts has had a producer’s role in films they have done. By the way, for her work on Steel Magnolias, Roberts picked up a Golden Globe Award.

There’s been no comment from Roberts on Field’s words regarding Ross,