Julia Roberts wasn't always the movie icon we know her as today. During a recent episode of The Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter podcast, Roberts recalled the first time she realized she was becoming a household name. Of all the places this moment could have occurred, it turns out the actress was first made aware of her fame in a bathroom stall.
Roberts told the story of visiting her hometown movie theater. The area was incredibly familiar to her—she even used to work in the ice cream stand across the street!
"I went home to Georgia to visit my mom and my younger sister and we went to the movies."
But while visiting the bathroom in the theater, something unusual happened:
"It was after the movie was over and I was in the bathroom and there was a woman in the bathroom who said, 'Hey, girl in stall number one, were you in Mystic Pizza?'"
A bit taken aback, Roberts answered in the affirmative, and the woman proceeded to push something under the stall door, asking:
"Will you sign this?"
Realizing she had crossed a line into the public zeitgeist, Roberts kindly turned her down:
"'Uh, not right now.' And I thought, wait, this is different."
Ever since then, fans have reacted similar to Roberts' presence—even famous ones! Aquaman star Jason Momoa geeked out over meeting Julia Roberts when they both appeared on The Late, Late Show with James Corden.
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Duchess Meghan Markle has also expressed her admiration for Roberts, saying her movies had inspired her to become an actress. When made aware of this, Roberts responded happily:
"It's a great night for me! But I am just going to be floating on that all night!"
One thing is certain: after all these years, fans still love Julia Roberts!
Be sure to catch Roberts in her latest role in the movie Homecoming, an Amazon Prime original!
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