Roberts while stuck in quarantine without her family where the Clooneys became her solace.
Julia Roberts and George Clooney are reunited in the forthcoming film Ticket to Paradise. The film was shot in Australia, Roberts and Clooney were stuck in a pandemic bubble and spent a lot of time with each other.
The long-time friends revealed in a New York Times interview that Clooney was living with his wife Amal and their kids while filming. However, Roberts has to live in a house all by herself nearby. Clooney said during the interview, "We started in Hamilton Island, with all these wild birds, and Julia had the house down just below Amal and me and the kids. I would come out in the early mornings and be like, ‘Caa-caa,’ and Julia would come out and be like, ‘Caa-caa.’ And then we’d bring her down a cup of coffee. She was Aunt Juju to my kids."
Roberts revealed in the interview that this was the first time she was away from her family for a long time. She said, "The Clooneys saved me from complete loneliness and despair. We were in a bubble, and it’s the longest I’ve ever been away from my family. I don’t think I’ve spent that much time by myself since I was 25."
The Notting Hill star revealed that around the eleventh day in quarantine after reaching Australia, Clooney started to, "go a little bit cuckoo." He chimed in saying, "that’s why they invented alcohol," and Roberts added, "or chocolate chip cookies."
As COVID cases increased in Australia, production of Ticket to Paradise was delayed in early 2022, reports Deadline. There were multiple cases among the crew and case andt hey had to wait until the local spike of cases went down.
The film, directed by Ol Parker, stars Roberts and Clooney in the narrative of a divorced couple who band together and go to Bali to save their daughter from repeating their mistake from 25 years earlier. The movie is set to hit the theatres on October 21.
Roberts is returning to comedy with this romantic comedy now that her children, Henry, 15, and twins Phinneas and Hazel, 17, are all grown up, reports PEOPLE. She said, "I just take it all as it comes. I try to be super present and not plan, and I don't have any upcoming acting jobs. Getting back to a routine feels really good. And I love being at home, I love being a mom."
She added in the interview, "Being in Australia [to film] was really challenging because of all the Covid regulations, and I think it's a real testament to friendship and to the creative environment we were in that it wasn't even harder, because I'm not built to be one person anymore. It's just not in my cellular data."
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