Julia Roberts isn’t exactly known for being one of Hollywood’s mean girls.
Even so, the Oscar-winning actress tells us she didn’t hold back while filming her part as the Evil Queen in Relativity’s upcoming fairy-tale flick Snow White.
Lily Collins, beware…
[I'm] pretty evil,” Roberts dished at last night’s L.A. premiere of her new drama Fireflies in the Garden. In the film, the gorgeous 43-year-old plays a loving and kindhearted mother stuck in an abusive marriage, a far cry from her Snow White alter ego.
“There was like four and a half years between the two parts, so I had plenty of time to rev up,” she smiled.
As for Collins and her onscreen prince Armie Hammer, Roberts says they have “fabulous” chemistry.
“He was great,” Roberts said of working with the Social Network stud. “He was naked a lot in our movie too, so there’s a reason to buy a ticket!”
Meanwhile, Fireflies director Dennis Lee admitted Roberts as the Evil
Queen is a big stretch for him.
“I can’t imagine Julia being evil,” Lee laughed. “I’m sure she’ll be fine. But I have a hard time picturing her being mean. So I can’t wait to see that one onscreen…It will definitely be acting. That’s for sure.”
Cayden Boyd, who plays Roberts’ son (a young Ryan Reynolds) in Fireflies, echoed Lee. “She’s really nice and funny,” he gushed. “She was always making sure that I was OK.”
Julia Roberts might be one of the big screen’s most talented and beautiful leading ladies now, but back in high school in Georgia, the future Oscar winner was just “coasting” by.
The actress sat down with Access Hollywood Live’s Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Monday, where the star – who played the clarinet and oboe in school – revealed she wasn’t caught up in the teenage popularity contest.
”[I was] just mediocre, just getting through the hallways with my girlfriend Paige,” the actress said while chatting about her new movie, “Fireflies in the Garden.”
“We weren’t losers, but we weren’t popular, we were just coasting, that is exactly what we were doing,” the 43-year-old star explained of her close friend who is now daughter Hazel’s godmother.
Julia said guys didn’t initially take notice of her until “late.”
“But it was good timing for me, but, it was latish,” she continued.
Though musically gifted, the actress also didn’t catch the acting bug while in school.
“I was dramatic, I wouldn’t say I was theatrical,” she said with a laugh.
As for one of Julia’s upcoming theatrical moments, the untitled Snow White project with Lily Collins and Armie Hammer, the actress revealed a few details about the movie to Billy and Kit.
“We don’t have the classic dwarfs. Our dwarfs have different names and personalities than the fairytale,” Julia explained.
The actress also said she hasn’t told her three children she’s playing the movie’s villain.
“I haven’t like spelled it out that I’m the Evil Queen,” she continued. “Because I showed them [Disney’s] ‘Snow White’ and they had nightmares and they cried.”
“Fireflies in the Garden,” also starring Ryan Reynolds, hits theaters on October 14 and Julia’s untitled Snow White project is slated to debut on March 16, 2012.