Julia Roberts is hitting the big screen with Tom Hanks–who happens to return to his comedic roots in the new highly-anticipated film. Julia and Tom dish about the film–Larry Crowne–in the new issue of W magazine. In the flick, which Tom also directed and co-wrote with My Big Fat Greek Wedding’s Nia Vardalos, Tom plays a middle-aged man who loses his job and decides to go back to college while Julia plays his disillusioned teacher. While writing the script, Tom admits he had the 43-year-old starlet in mind while creating the role Mercedes Tainot. “I had some teachers who looked like Julia. I would see them and think, ‘I love you.’ So there was never anyone but Julia.” (too cute!) But he does say she can be quite intimidating.
While it might have been a bit scary for Tom to direct Julia, the mom of three confesses that parts of filming were scary for her, too. Standing in front of classroom had her, unexpectedly, shaking in her boots. “All those faces looking up at me, thinking, ‘What is she going to teach us?’ I needed to find my composure. It was very hard — it was terrible, in fact.” Luckily, Julia says, she got to indulge in quite a few on-camera cocktails. “I spend a lot of the movie woozy,” Julia laughs. “Tom had me chugging margaritas.” You can catch Julia in Larry Crowne when it hits theaters this Friday, but in the meantime, you can check her out in these stylish cat-eye Persol shades, available in three sophisticated frame hues. –rpuccia
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