Julia Roberts arrived in Delhi this morning with children, nannies and diapers in tow.
The Hollywood actress, in India to shoot for her new movie Eat, Pray, Love arrived on a 7.45 am chartered flight from Rome.
Wearing a black T-shirt, loose-fitting grey pants and no make-up, the actress looked tired and irritated. When she saw the HT City photographer, she covered the face of her two-year-old son Henry who she was carrying. Her four-and-a-half year-old twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, were with their nannies.
Julia’s luggage included huge bags of diapers. Within minutes of arrival, she was whisked away in a black SUV to a hotel in Gurgaon.
The star will travel to Pataudi Palace, just outside Delhi, in a day or two to begin filming.
Movie makers Paramount Pictures scouted for extras in the weeks before Julia’s arrival. They were looking mostly for expats living in India, preferably American or British, to play various roles. Ads and mass mailers, shortly before the actress arrived in India, called for the following characters — a woman (30-50 years) with a sense of humor who has a main scene with Julia; a drunk blonde “soccer mom” for a non-speaking part; a girl and a boy between 7 and 12; a man (20-50 years) who will be seen playing the guitar; young men and women, between 20 -30 years; and a hippie couple.
Shooting for the film, based on a novel by Elizabeth Gilbert, will continue until early next month.