The long-awaited film version of the popular book, “Eat, Pray, Love” will debut this weekend, and already scores of people are hotly anticipating its arrival–partially, for sure, because of its star: Julia Roberts. With such a successful and meaningful–to so many–book, we’re sure it wasn’t exactly easy for the casting directors to select someone to play author Elizabeth Gilbert’s role. But we are confident they picked the right woman in Roberts, and here are five reasons why.
1. She’s relatable. Millions of women read “Eat, Pray, Love” long before anyone ever thought it would be a movie. And just as many women connected to the story on so many ultra-personal levels. In order for the movie to be successful, the actress who played the lead had to be someone viewers could relate to–and Roberts is just that person. There hasn’t been a role she’s played where we didn’t leave the theatre thinking of her as anything but a friend, and we’re sure this time will be no different.
2. She’s been on her own journey–with us. Julia Roberts has been, uh, around the block a few times when it comes to acting. This mega-watt star has been making us laugh, cry, and fawn for more years than we can count–so much so that we feel we know her. “Eat, Pray, Love” is all about a woman’s journey, and we almost feel like we’ve seen Roberts go on her own personal journey, leaving a piece of her heart in each movie and TV show she does. It’s almost as if she really did have a parallel experience to Gilbert–and we got to come along for the ride.
3. She’s not an obnoxious starlet. Had the producers decided to go with an actress who has really inserted herself into the spotlight–complete with planned paparazzi run-ins and planted articles in the tabloids, we’d have a lot more trouble enjoying her role as the soul-searching lead in Eat, Pray, Love. Roberts, however, has always seemed to be one of those rare, down-to-earth celebrities who, despite her massive success, has maintained her modesty.
4. She can do drama and comedy–all at once. This movie isn’t a tragedy–but it isn’t a comedy either. It’s simply a story, with its fair share of ups and downs. Roberts can seamlessly transition from dramatic, serious scenes to jokes that’ll have us spitting out our popcorn from laughter. That sort of ease is so necessary to play such an honest role like this one.
5. She’s Julia Roberts. Seriously, the woman is an icon–one of the most beloved actresses of our time, we’d venture to say. Roberts has staying power, and we expect this movie will, too.