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This is why Julia Roberts is done with romantic comedies

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Julia Roberts is done playing the leading lady in rom-coms in 2018.      

Since rising to critical acclaim in Mystic Pizza back in 1988, Julia Roberts has well and truly secured her star status as one of the most successful actresses in the world. With over 20 years gracing our screens and starring in countless great rom-coms including Pretty Woman, Notting Hill and Eat Pray Love, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Roberts has her sights set on starring in another one.

But delivering memorable lines such as “I’m just a girl standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her”, is something that she’s going to leave up to other actresses. In short: Roberts has admitted that she simply can’t see herself playing the role of a leading lady in a rom-com ever again. 

“Unless we [play] the parents of the people that are rom-com-ing,” Roberts told Entertainment Tonight after being asked about potentially starring in one.

But, the thing is, it’s not that Roberts doesn’t want to be in one, it’s just that she doesn’t think audiences will find her story believable because she has so much life experience behind her now.

“There came a point in my career where people thought I had turned on romantic comedies, which I love them, I love to be in them, I love to watch them,” Roberts clarified. “But sometimes, they just don’t work at a certain point of life experience. It’s not about age, it’s just about what people know that you know.”

Since rising to critical acclaim in Mystic Pizza back in 1998, Julia Roberts has well and truly secured her star status as one of the most successful actresses in the world

Roberts who has played many great leading ladies – such as Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman and Anna Scott in Notting Hill – will star as Heidi Bergman in upcoming drama series, Homecoming. Moving away from rom-coms, the psychological thriller from Amazon Prime follows the caseworker at the Homecoming Transitional Support Centre, a Geist Group facility helping soldiers transition back to civilian life.

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Homecoming debuts on Amazon Prime Video on 2 November 2018.

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Susan Devaney is a digital journalist for Stylist.co.uk, writing about fashion, beauty, travel, feminism, and everything else in-between.

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