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Julia Roberts Debunks This “Pretty Woman” Rumor

Richard Gere as Edward Lewis and Julia Roberts as Vivian Ward in "Pretty Woman"
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Julia Roberts has debunked the long-standing rumor about her time on the set of “Pretty Woman,” which strangely involves her feet.

The actor recently appeared on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” as she begins her press junket for her upcoming Netflix movie, “Leave the World Behind.” While answering fan questions, two fans ask Roberts, “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?” (via Yahoo! News).

Roberts debunked the rumor, saying, “You know, that’s not true.”

The actor joked that the fans who asked the question looked “mildly disappointed.”

Roberts reveals the true story of her experiences on the set of “Pretty Woman”

“But Garry would do things like this: He would say, ‘Action! Be funny!’ 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 ‘shlumpy girl’ and he would say, ‘If the shlumpy girl married Raul Julia, she’d be Julia Julia!’” she recalled, mimicking the late filmmaker’s voice.

“And then our [director of photography] was a man called Chuck Minsky, and [Garry] goes, ‘If Chuck married Nastassja Kinski, she’d be Nastassja Kinski Minsky!’ “Roberts went on.


Since its release in 1990, “Pretty Woman” has gone down as one of the most beloved romantic comedies of all time. The story, written by J. F Lawton, follows a call girl (Roberts) hired by a businessman (Richard Gere) to be his date. As the movie progresses, the two fall in love.

The movie was a massive success at the box office and for everyone involved. For Roberts, she earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress and won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy).

Marshall, who died in 2016 at 81 years old due to complications from pneumonia following a stroke, holds a special place in Robert’s heart.

“To know Garry Marshall was to love him,” she told People. “And I was luckier than most to have loved him for my entire adult life and luckier still to have been loved by him because his love was unconditional, inexhaustible, and magical.”

This Julia Roberts’ role was supposed to go to Meg Ryan

Julia Roberts became a rom-com icon in the ’90s, sharing the ranks with Meg Ryan. Both actors were hugely successful and were often up for the same roles.

Roberts told Cohen that Ryan “was supposed to be in [Roberts’ film] ‘Steel Magnolia’ [but] she was still filming ‘When Harry Met Sally,’ and so I got that part.”


Roberts played Shelby, the ill-fated daughter of M’Lynn (played by Sally Field) in the 1989 comedy-drama that also starred Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Dolly Parton, and Daryl Hannah.

“I’ve lucked into some good stuff,” Roberts said.

Roberts turned down roles that became massive hits for Meg Ryan, like the part of Kathleen Kelly in “You’ve Got Mail.”

Source: Yahoo! News


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