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Isn’t it Romantic is one of the big releases in theaters this Valentine’s Day. The new movie is playing fairly well with critics and audiences alike, but it could have also had a rom-com icon near the end of the movie had it played its cards right. Per star Rebel Wilson, the production reached out to actress Julia Roberts about popping in for a quick cameo. She told CinemaBlend in a recent interview:
At one point we were talking about having Julia Roberts just pop in at the very end of the film. She was busy. But I dunno, it would have been awesome.
She’s also the lead in the first season of Amazon Prime’s Homecoming, a psychological thriller about a support center helping soldiers to return to civilian life.
In short, she’s far past the years when she flirted with Hugh Grant, Richard Gere, and plenty of other handsome leading Hollywood men on the big screen. Obviously in the past, Julia Roberts took roles outside of rom-coms, but there was a specific point in her career when people identified her specifically with romantic comedies. Now, that's not longer the case.
Although Isn’t It Romantic is the sort of romantic comedy that is self-aware and cheeky about the genre, it’s easy to see why Julia Roberts would have passed on the gig. (Just as it’s easy to see why the movie would have reached out anyway.)
Previously, Julia Roberts even revealed that she had pretty much reached the end of the line in the rom-com genre, noting that there was a time and place in her career for those sorts of movies, but that time is not now. She said,
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.
The last rom-com she was attached to was Mother's Day in 2016 and even that movie featured Julia Roberts as a mother and not a girl standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her. With all of this in mind, the likelihood of getting her to cameo in Isn't It Romantic, while not hopeless, was also not high. Still, it would have been pretty cool.
Rebel Wilson stars in Isn’t It Romantic with Adam Devine (Pitch Perfect reunion alert) and Priyanka Chopra, both of whom can be seen in our exclusive interview with the cast. Take a look below.
For more exclusive content, stay tuned to CinemaBlend and be sure to catch Isn’t It Romantic in theaters this weekend.