There was a time in the 90s and early 2000s when you couldn’t hear a cover of “You Can’t Hurry Love” without thinking of Julia Roberts and her smile that never ends (I’m positive it never ends, the jaw unhinges and the teeth just keep going). But it’s been a while since we’ve seen Julia Roberts twirl around falling autumn leaves with an actor possibly named Richard. There’s a reason for that.
Julia is currently promoting her upcoming Amazon series Homecoming, and based on the trailer, there’s clearly no romantic leaves or cute 60s soundtrack. It’s the polar opposite of a romantic comedy, and so Entertainment Tonight asked Julia if that means she’s done with rom-coms all together.
“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. But sometimes, they just don’t work at a certain point of life experience.”
For Roberts, the disconnect comes when the audience doesn’t believe that the actors in the film aren’t naive and emotionally juvenile, as the characters in rom-coms tend to be to allow for the zany situations and farcical hijinks inherent in the genre.
“It’s not about age, it’s just about what people know that you know.”
The last time Julia appeared in a traditional rom-com would be the 2016 Garry Marshall film Mother’s Day. In it, Julia played the long-lost mother of Britt Robertson in a wig that would not quit.
Julia’s right. There’s no way anyone would believe that present-day Julia Roberts is naive enough for half the stuff that goes on in the average romantic comedy. Rom-coms are almost exclusively predicated on wacky mix-ups and misunderstandings, and we all know Julia doesn’t play when it comes to…well, anything. The movie wouldn’t even make it out of the first act. “What is this, a carnival? You’re taking me to a carnival on our first date? Yeah, no – I’m wearing $800 shoes, and hell if I’m about to risk slipping on a half-eaten candy apple in them.”