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I’m open to Hindi films: Julia Roberts

Priyanka Jain, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, April 15, 2012
First Published: 13:08 IST(15/4/2012) | Last Updated: 14:04 IST(15/4/2012)

Julia Roberts, who shot Eat Pray Love in Delhi and Pataudi, says her visit to India was “a spiritually enlightening experience.” Now she will be seen in Indian director Tarsem Singh’s Hollywood fairy tale, Mirror Mirror, playing the villain. “I am open to doing an all-out Indian film if the project interests me,” she says. “Right now, with kids and family taking up most of my time, the artistic appeal of a project holds the most importance for me. You just have to make sure
my accent won’t be a problem.”

The actor says she feels a connection to India. Of her last visit she recalls, “Being in India, I learnt so much about myself, which prompted me to adopt Hinduism. I also went to the holy city of Haridwar. The country is spiritually healing. I won’t be able to visit for the Mirror Mirror promotions this time but hope to come back soon sometime in the future.”

About her dark character in Tarsem’s adaptation of the Brothers Grimm story of Snow White she says, “We discussed Snow White for hours because I said yes to the film. Tarsem’s movies are so visual. His fearlessness brought an incredible sense of integrity to the film. The Grimm story is a few pages long and the Disney film, which has nothing to do with our movie, allows only for limited interpretations of the characters. Tarsem tells the story on a far larger level. He is a lovable genius.”


Julia admits one of the reasons she signed the film was to wear its lavish costumes, which she describes as “architectural, but not cosy”. She says, “My role was fun because there aren’t any real rules of reality that apply to my character. However our film is zany and family oriented. I hope the colourful costumes, grand sets and universal themes of independence and female empowerment appeal to the audience.” 

Besides Mirror Mirror, Julia is excited about working with Meryl Streep in August: Osage County. She says, “It’s exciting. I can’t wait. It’s like a dream come true to work with her. After that I also have The Normal Heart, which is based on an attempt to raise HIV/AIDS awareness. I can’t wait to start work on that too.”



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