Julia Roberts reveals George Clooney ‘saved’ her from ‘complete loneliness and despair’ while filming in lockdown

Julia Roberts is singing the praises of her longtime friend George Clooney.

In a new interview with The New York Times, Roberts, 54, admitted she leaned on Clooney while filming their new film together during the COVID-19 lockdown.

“The Clooneys saved me from complete loneliness and despair,” the Oscar winner 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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Julia Roberts at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, on May 19, 2022.
Julia Roberts says George Clooney and his family “saved her” during lockdown while filming in Australia. (Vianney LeCaer/Invision/AP)

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The pair filmed their new rom-com Ticket to Paradise in Australia from November 2021 to February, but faced strict COVID-19 quarantine rules in the midst of the filming.

Unfortunately, this meant Roberts wasn’t able to see her husband Danny Moder or their children, teenage twins Phinnaeus and Hazel, 17, and son Henry, 15.

“When Danny and the kids did come visit, that meant they had to fly into Sydney and quarantine for two weeks by themselves before she could see them,” Clooney, 61, explained in the interview.

Clooney brought his entire family to set with him, since he and wife Amal are still raising their very young twins Ella and Alexander, who are five.

Roberts then revealed how quarantining with the Clooneys really went down.

George Clooney and Julia Roberts in "Ticket to Paradise."
Clooney and Roberts play two parents who hesitantly reunite for their daughter’s wedding in ‘Ticket to Paradise’. (AP)

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“When we first got to Australia and we were all quarantining, you kind of go a little bit cuckoo,” she said. “I remember right around Day 11, I was like, ‘Who am I? Where am I? What is this room that I never leave?’ It’s a funny thing. I hadn’t really anticipated all that.”

“That’s why they invented alcohol,” Clooney chimes in.

“Or chocolate chip cookies,” Roberts replies.

Clooney replies, “That too.”

Julia Roberts, George Clooney
“The Clooneys saved me from complete loneliness and despair.” (Getty)

The pair give a little taste for readers into their famous chemistry they share. In one anecdote, Clooney reveals the daily routine he, Amal and his kids dele undertook with Roberts.

“We started in Hamilton Island, with all these wild birds, and Julia had the house down just below Amal and me and the kids,” he told The New York Times

“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 pair also hilariously opened up about why they decided to do a romantic comedy together in the first place.

“It somehow only made sense with George, just based on our chemistry,” said Roberts.

George and Amal Clooney
Clooney brought his wife Amal and their five-year-old twins to Australia with him to film Ticket to Paradise in 2021 to 2022. (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

“We have a friendship that people are aware of, and we’re going into it as this divorced couple. Half of America probably thinks we are divorced, so we have that going for us.”

The pair also revealed they do in fact kiss in the film, but it wasn’t an easy feat for them.

“[There’s] one kiss. And we did it for, like, six months,” Roberts reveals.

Clooney adds: “I told my wife, ‘It took 80 takes.’ She was like, ‘What the hell?'”

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