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December 6, 2018
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Meghan Markle may have left her acting days behind when she married into the royal family, but Julia Roberts can still partially take credit for her career.

The now Duchess of Sussex, 37, shared in a Glamour profile back in August 2017 that Roberts, 51, inspired her to act, and the Oscar winner was thrilled to hear the news. PEOPLE caught up with Roberts at the New York premiere of Ben Is Back Monday night, where she was surprised to learn that she has a royal fan.

“It’s a great night for me!” Roberts exclaimed, saying she wasn’t previously aware of Markle’s admiration. “But I am just going to be floating on that all night!”

As part of the profile, Markle listed the 10 women who “changed her life,” and Roberts was included among Madeline Albright, novelist Toni Morrison, Joni Mitchell and Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland. Markle singled out Roberts for inspiring the best compliment she had ever received.

“She was the first person I saw onscreen and thought, ‘That looks like so much fun; I wanna do that,’ ” Markle wrote of Roberts. “When I was younger, someone once told me, ‘You kind of look like Julia Roberts in profile.’ It was the best compliment of all time.”

Roberts is busy promoting the heart-wrenching drama Ben Is Back, also starring Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges. The movie, directed by Hedges’ Oscar-nominee dad Peter Hedges, follows as Hedges’ Ben comes back home from rehab for the holidays.

To get comfortable playing a family, Roberts said she invited the father and son, along with movie daughter Kathryn Newton, to her house several times before filming.

“We just spent a few days where they would all come over and I would say to Lucas and Kathryn, ‘Okay, the kids are gonna take you guys surfing, so you’re gonna go down to the beach and Peter and I are gonna be here talking about stuff and making lunch.’ And off they’d go,” Roberts told EW, referring to her three kids with husband Danny Moder — Hazel and Finn, 13, and Henry, 11.

Ben Is Back hits theaters Friday.


December 6, 2018
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A beautiful review from USA Today on Julia’s performance in Ben is Back!

“Ben Is Back” is a deceptively fitting entry in the holiday movie season, one that combines the nation’s opioid crisis, a tweaked Christmas movie template, and the gift that keeps on giving, Julia Roberts.

The A-lister teams with 21-year-old Lucas Hedges (previously Oscar-nominated for “Manchester by the Sea”) for the story of a loving mom who has her eyes opened to just how bad her drug-addicted son’s situation is on Christmas Eve. Writer/director Peter Hedges (aka Lucas’ father) crafts a tightly packed tale (★★★ out of four; rated R; in theaters Friday in New York and Los Angeles, expands to additional cities through December) that starts like emotional gangbusters, loses its way a bit, yet finds a way home balancing gut-wrenching episodes and hopeful feelings.

Preparing to ready her little ones for a Christmas pageant and finish her holiday prep, Holly Burns (Roberts) receives an unexpected surprise at her upstate New York door in the form of 19-year-son Ben (Lucas Hedges), who’s supposed to be in rehab. He tells Holly and his stepfather Neal (Courtney B. Vance) that he’s on a 24-hour leave, though the festive season hasn’t always been the best in keeping Ben sober.

While Neal and Ben’s sister Ivy (Kathryn Newton) are concerned about his being there – especially around two younger children – Holly lacks any sort of reticence. She’s simply glad to have her boy back for Christmas, taking him clothes shopping, escorting him to an AA meeting and doing whatever she can. Unfortunately, the family’s return home from the pageant is met with disaster: Someone’s broken into the house and kidnapped their beloved dog, and Ben suspects one of his old drug buddies.

From there, “Ben Is Back” becomes a sort of reverse “A Christmas Carol”: In the wee hours, Holly and Ben revisit assorted shady folks from his past and Holly learns hard truths about Ben’s addiction and mistakes he’s made. The movie also turns into something of a Lifetime-style crime thriller, with lots of over-the-top melodrama to be had as Holly desperately drives all around town when Ben goes rogue.

But Roberts is splendidly raw and dynamic throughout the plot’s ups and downs. Between this, Amazon’s streaming series “Homecoming” and last year’s weeper “Wonder,” we’re enjoying a definite Juliassance, and “Ben Is Back” is Roberts’ best film work since her Oscar-winning turn in 2000’s “Erin Brockovich.” As Holly goes from naïve parent to angry mother on a mission, the love never wavers for her struggling child as she faces all of her worst nightmares on one harrowing night.

And per usual, Hedges is outstanding in yet another awards-caliber film. (Someday this kid might just give an average performance, though probably not when his dad’s in the director’s chair.) While not as strong a showing as his lead role in the gay-conversion drama “Boy Erased,” Hedges gives Ben a great dark edge and agitated, nervous energy to go with his natural charisma, so the audience (and Holly) can’t totally be sure if he’s being straight with his issues at any given moment.

In tackling teenage drug abuse, “Ben Is Back” is more successful than the narratively similar “Beautiful Boy” in showing the effects of an addict on family members, particularly when it comes to the mental aspect of trying to get well. Having the talents of Roberts and the young Hedges on display, with a gripping push-and-pull between them as mother and son, is the needed bow on this holiday-ready presentation.

December 6, 2018
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Congratulations to Julia on her Golden Globe nomination for her role on Homecoming!

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
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Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Julia Roberts, Homecoming
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November 7, 2018
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Check out the production stills from Julia’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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November 7, 2018
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Julia Roberts Still Has Pink Hair from Halloween

Julia talks about dressing up for Halloween and still having pink hair as a result, trick or treating with her kids and she reveals her favorite candy.

Julia Roberts is Doing TV!

Julia talks about her new show ‘Homecoming’ on Amazon Prime.

November 6, 2018
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This week Julia was interviewed by Harry Smith for the Today show where she discussed her new series, Homecoming.

Julia Roberts, one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, is taking her talents to the small screen for Netflix’s new suspenseful series, “Homecoming.” NBC’s Harry Smith sits down with the superstar for a personal conversation about her work, family and how she stays grounded despite her fame.

November 6, 2018
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“Homecoming” stars Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulroney take the WIRED Autocomplete Interview and answer the internet’s most searched questions about themselves. Is Julia Roberts the highest paid actress? Is she related to Emma Stone? How do you pronounce Dermot Mulroney? How tall is he? Julia and Dermot answer all these questions and more!

October 28, 2018
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Happy Birthday Julia! Hope it is a wonderful day with those you love!

October 25, 2018
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Reunited and it feels so good!

It’s been five years since Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulroney last shared a screen together, but the real life pals didn’t have any trouble finding their on-screen chemistry again!

“There is no ‘dusting off,’ ” Roberts, 50, told reporters at the Los Angeles premiere of their new series Homecoming on Wednesday. “It is so great.”

Catching sight of Mulroney, 54, on the press line, the actress remarked, “I’m talking about you! Are you talking about me?!”

“I was telling them that we had to make sure that we had all of our nuts and bolts in the same place,” he replied, having clearly just been asked a similar question.

“We always have our nuts in the same place, but not always the bolts,” she quipped.

The pair first played opposite of each other in 1997’s My Best Friend’s Wedding before reuniting for 2013 film August: Osage County.

Opening up about the pair’s close relationship, Mulroney told PEOPLE last month that “after this many years, I don’t make the habit of hanging out in other people’s trailers, other people’s dressing rooms, with one exception.”

“We’ve both been at it for a while and have had the great fortune of working together now — it’s our third time,” he remarked, while attending the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, adding that it was “a privilege” to work with her again.

In Homecoming, a psychological thriller series, Roberts plays Heidi Bergman, a caseworker at a secret government facility, while Mulroney plays Anthony, her boyfriend.

Mulroney previously told PEOPLE that despite her superstar level of fame, he wasn’t intimidated by Roberts when he first met her during an audition for My Best Friend’s Wedding.

“To be honest with you, I’d never seen her in a movie previous to that either,” Mulroney remarked. “But we all knew she was a star when we laid eyes on her when she was a teenager in her first movies, Mystic Pizza, Pretty Woman. I never saw those movies until after I worked with her years later.”

Their off-screen relationship has remained strong even decades later.

“I’ve had a great friendship with her and would push these guys out of the way to say something nice about her,” Mulroney shared.

Homecoming arrives on Amazon Prime Nov. 2.

October 25, 2018
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Check out this gorgeous new shoot from the new issue of Entertainment Weekly! These photos were taken at the Beekman Hotel.

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