Along the way, Julia Roberts has made several profitable films, especially when it comes to the genre of rom-coms. She became an icon in that type of film space, in large part, thanks to some notable projects in the '90s which we'll discuss in the article.
These days, she's a lot more selective with her roles, mainly because of all the past success, matched with the fact that she's also a mom. Now Roberts hasn't quite retired, though she has avoided rom-coms. Fans have been wondering why, but it seems like we finally have an answer.
When we look back at Julia Roberts' legendary career, films that instantly come to mind are rom-coms like 'Pretty Woman' back in 1990 and 'My Best Friend's Wedding'. 'Pretty Woman' was, in fact, the film that changed Julia's career though as she admitted, the actress didn't realize the impact the film had made at the time.
"Then the movie came out and I was on the way to the airport and I got these phone messages from my agent ... that Pretty Woman had done well and had great numbers, which meant nothing to me," she said. "I went, Oh, that's fine, whatever that means. I didn't have a clue! Then I went back to work."
'My Best Friend's Girl' also played a major role in getting Roberts back on track, especially after a couple of disappointments just prior.
Despite all her success in the film genre, it seems like she took a different direction with serious roles in the 2000s. This had fans thinking that she shunned rom-coms for good. However, given her recent words alongside Vanity Fair, that is not the case.
So is Julia Roberts avoiding romantic comedies? According to her recent words, that is not the case and instead, it is more that the right project has not come along.
"People sometimes misconstrue the amount of time that's gone by that I haven't done a romantic comedy as my not wanting to do one," she explained. "If I had read something that I thought was that Notting Hill level of writing or My Best Friend's Wedding level of madcap fun, I would do it."
Roberts would also reveal that her personal life also played a big role, as her priorities shifted in recent years. "Here's the thing: If I'd thought something was good enough, I would have done it," she explained. "But I also had three kids in the last 18 years. That raises the bar even more because then it's not only 'Is this material good?' It's also the math equation of my husband's work schedule and the kids' school schedule and summer vacation. It's not just, 'Oh, I think I want to do this.' I have a sense of great pride in being home with my family and considering myself a homemaker."
The actress does have a few projects in the works, including the TV series 'Gaslit', along with films 'Leave the World Behind' and 'Little Bee'. This begs the question, what does Julia Roberts' acting career future look like?
Given that she's 54, and with an iconic resume, Julia Roberts has earned the right to be more selective with the roles that she takes on. According to the actress, these days, she takes her time when choosing a role. Not like her earlier days which was a lot more about quantity and making a name for herself.
"I have always been. Look at my films. How could I have been more selective?" Roberts said. "No, I probably meant that, today, I'm more careful about the films I choose because we have a family and it's not just about me. My husband and I try not to work at the same time. It can happen, but… there are my projects, Danny's projects, the children's school planning, it's all about scheduling."
With a net wroth of $250 million, Julia really doesn't have to work another day in her life, in truth. She can opt to retire at any point, like fellow peer Jim Carrey. Nonetheless, she continues on with films and some TV work, something fans are very thankful for.