What year are we in right now? I feel like I traveled back in time to the early ‘90s because Julia Roberts is once again everywhere. Not that that’s a bad thing.
For those of you too young to remember, the A-list actress had her big breakthrough in 1988’s Mystic Pizza. The next year, she won a Golden Globe for the dramedy Steel Magnolias, and then racked up another Globe win in 1990 for what many still consider her most memorable performance in Pretty Woman.
After that there was no looking back. Julia Roberts was THE actress, and almost everything she was in was successful. Ten years after her breakthrough, she had a run of standout romantic comedies — My Best Friend’s Wedding, Notting Hill and Runaway Bride — that only served to cement her place in our hearts.
That takes us up to the year 2000, when she won her first (and so far only) Oscar for portraying real-life activist Erin Brockovich in, um, Erin Brockovich. The next year she teamed up with an all-star cast for Ocean’s Eleven, which recently celebrated the 17th anniversary of its premiere, and of course is also connected to this year’s Ocean’s 8.
Now, I could go on listing more highlights of Roberts’ career (Closer! Eat Pray Love!) and personal life (married cameraman Danny Moder in 2002, had twins in 2004 and another child in 2007!), but I’d rather talk about why she’s everywhere in the year 2018. After starring in the adaptation of the best-selling children’s novel Wonder last year, Roberts hasn’t taken a breath. She is currently starring as the mother of a young addict (Lucas Hedges) in Ben is Back, and I can tell you that it is a powerful, heart-wrenching performance.
But what everyone’s buzzing about even more than that is her Amazon series Homecoming, in which she plays a caseworker who helps soldiers transition back to civilian life. Homecoming burst out of nowhere onto an already crowded field of strong dramatic series contenders, yet still snagged three Golden Globe nominations last week in the television categories for Best Drama, Best Actor (Stephan James) and, of course, Best Actress for Roberts. I’d say that guarantees she’ll be involved with at least one more season, wouldn’t you? (Though official sources are staying mum about her return to the series.)
I would bet on Roberts being back for season 2, because the only other project she seems to be attached to is starring as the lead in the film adaptation of the 2008 best-selling novel Little Bee (originally titled The Other Hand), about a Nigerian asylum-seeker and a British magazine editor who meet during a time of political unrest in Nigeria and reunite years later in England.
I don’t know about you, but there’s something really comforting to me about seeing Julia back in the spotlight, and I can’t wait to check out Homecoming. If I had to pick my all-time favorite movie of hers, I think I’d still go with Pretty Woman after all these yours. What would you pick?