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Julia Roberts Had the Clooney Family in the Time of Loneliness in ‘Ticket to Paradise’ Shoot

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If you had to form a pandemic circle, there are people more unbearable than the Clooney family.

After a professional history (co-starring in movies like Ocean’s Eleven and Money Monster), George Clooney and Julia Roberts will reunite in the upcoming new rom-com Ticket to Paradise.

The two play bitterly divorced exes who eventually team up to stop their daughter’s (Kaitlyn Dever) marriage in Bali.

Speaking to The New York Times, Clooney and Roberts opened up about portraying exes and sticking together during a quarantine shoot in Australia.

Clooney revealed that he rented a house with his wife Amal and their twin children during this shoot. Meanwhile, Roberts lived in another house nearby, while her husband and her three children were in America.

“We started in Hamilton Island, with all these wild birds, and Julia had the house down just below Amal and me and the kids,” Clooney stated. 

“I would come out in the early mornings and be like, ‘Caa-caa,’ and Julia would come out and be like, ‘Caa-caa.’ And then we’d bring her down a cup of coffee. She was Aunt Juju to my kids.”

“The Clooneys saved me from complete loneliness and despair,” Roberts said. “We were in a bubble, and it’s the longest I’ve ever been away from my family. I don’t think I’ve spent that much time by myself since I was 25.” 

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Roberts and Clooney’s History

Clooney and Roberts have been friends and collaborators for a long time. However, Ticket to Paradise marks their first romantic comedy film together. The film is directed by Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’s Ol Parker. 

Clooney claims that the film was “clearly written for Julia and I.” He explains that in the original script, their characters’ names were “Georgia and Julian.” 

While the pair clearly have chemistry, Clooney and Roberts quip that it took “80 takes” for them to shoot one kissing scene without laughing in each other faces. 

“It took 79 takes of us laughing and then the on take of us kissing,” Roberts said. Ticket to Paradise, which also features Billie Lourd, Lucas Bravo, and Maxime Bouttier, premieres on October 21. 

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