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Julia Roberts: #MeToo revelations 'shocking'

Hollywood star Julia Roberts has revealed the scope of the #MeToo revelations is “shocking” but says she has never directly witnessed any wrongdoing in the industry.

The actress, whose career spans nearly 30 years, told Sky News she has had the “good fortune” to avoid being sexually assaulted.

She said: “Of course, you hear stories about it or know people that have suffered that.

“I myself have the great good fortune that I have not ever been in a situation like that.

“But it is talk that goes around. I think so many things that come out of that were so shocking and the scope of it was really quite surprising.”

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Julia Roberts will star in psychological thriller Homecoming

With more than 50 films under her belt, one Academy Award, three Golden Globes and consistently impressive box office returns, she remains remarkably modest about her industry achievements.

“If I had changed my name to Julia O’Roberts at the beginning I would have had a much better career”, she jokes at the Prime Video Presents event in London, referencing her love of Ireland.

Her passion for the country first developed when she filmed 1996 biopic Michael Collins and she says she loves the “people, music, history and places where fairies hide”.

As for getting recognised on the street, she is similarly self-effacing.

“Big Mistake gets yelled at me a lot – which if you don’t know where that’s coming from you might think ‘Oh that poor lady!'”.

The heckle is a reference to the famous scene in the 1990 film that made her a star, Pretty Woman.

Roberts’ Hollywood prostitute – Vivian Ward – returns to the dress shop she was shamed in at the start of the film to give the snooty sales girls some of their own medicine.

But despite being one of the most famous film actresses in the world, she’s about to take her first real foray into TV.

Psychological thriller Homecoming, based on a 2016 podcast of the same name, sees Roberts play a caseworker at a secret government facility who is keen to return to civilian life.

So, after filming the first season – a second has already been confirmed – would Roberts consider more TV work?

The show’s director Sam Esmail says: “Julia genuinely goes after great material and it’s not about the medium. It’s about, is there a great story? A great part? Is there a great performance?”

Roberts – who has previously said she and Esmail are pretty much the same person – wholeheartedly agrees, saying “that’s true”.

Homecoming, which also stars Carrie star Sissy Spacek, comes to Amazon Prime later this year.


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