Julia Roberts has debunked a long-standing rumor about her time on the set of the hit film Pretty Woman. During an interview on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Roberts responded to a fan question about whether director Garry Marshall would tickle her feet off camera to make her laugh during scenes. Roberts shot down the rumor, joking that the fans asking the question seemed disappointed by her response. She did, however, share some funny anecdotes about working with Marshall, including his habit of giving her amusing instructions like asking her to "be funny" during a scene. Roberts also revealed that Marshall would refer to her as the "schlumpy girl," and make playful word games involving the names of the crew members. Pretty Woman, released in 1990, is considered one of the most beloved romantic comedies of all time. The film tells the story of a sex worker (played by Roberts) who is hired by a businessman (Richard Gere) and the two end up falling in love. The movie was a huge success, earning Roberts an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe for her performance.
During the interview, Roberts also discussed turning down other iconic roles that went on to become massive hits. For instance, she revealed that she was originally supposed to play Kathleen Kelly in You've Got Mail, but the part eventually went to Meg Ryan. Roberts mentioned that it all "came full circle" because Ryan was supposed to be in Steel Magnolias, but Roberts ended up securing the role instead. Roberts also discussed her admiration for Garry Marshall, who passed away in 2016. She spoke about how much he meant to her and how he had a profound impact on her life. Roberts described Marshall's love as "unconditional, inexhaustible, and magical." She emphasized that Marshall taught her the importance of kindness and the value of friends and family. Overall, the interview provided some lighthearted and heartwarming insights into Roberts' experiences on the set of Pretty Woman and her relationship with Garry Marshall.