It’s safe to say that Julia Roberts’ performance as Vivian Ward in 1990’s Pretty Woman launched her to stardom. But long before that, Roberts revealed that she actualy had second thoughts about the role that gave her superstar status.
The veteran actress made the reveal during an Variety Studio: Actors on Actors interview with Patricia Arquette. Roberts said she “had no business being in a movie like that,” alongside actor Richard Gere as Edward Lewis.
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“I get the part. The studio that had it — this small movie company folded over the weekend — and by Monday, I didn’t have a job,” Roberts told Arquette, who also auditioned for the role of Vivian. “So the script — there was one producer that stayed with the script — and then it went to Disney. And I thought, ‘Went to Disney? Are they going to animate it? Like how does this become a Disney movie?'”
“Then when [director] Garry Marshall came on, and I think because he’s a great human being, he met me just because I had once had the job and he felt it would only be fair to at least meet me since I had this job for three days and then lost it,” she continues. “And they changed the whole thing. And it became something more that is in my wheelhouse.”
Despite the actress’ initial doubt for the role, Pretty Woman went on to be a silver screen hit. Since then, Roberts became Hollywood’s highest-paid actress from most of the 1990s through the first half of the 2000s.