Julia Roberts won’t do sex scenes now that she’s a mom

Sex sells. So it seems an obvious enough promotional ploy to talk about sex while promoting a film that everyone hopes will be a “comeback” for a woman who was once the most in-demand actress in the world. Unfortunately, both Julia Roberts and Clive Owen must have received the wrong memo.

Yesterday, it was reported that Clive told a gossip reporter that sex scenes are “weird and uncomfortable”. Today, The Daily Mail is reporting Julia Reports’ comments on the red carpet of the London premiere of Duplicity. She says, regarding sex scenes that “it’s not really what I do, so if you are going ask me to do it, you have to expect it to be toned down. You know, as a mum of three, I feel like that.” Way to sell a “sexy” movie, folks. The Daily Mail has more:

Hollywood star Julia Roberts has criticised those who choose to do nude scenes in a film – especially if they have children. The Pretty Woman actress, 41, was speaking at the premiere of her film Duplicity at Leicester Square last night.

When asked if she would consider doing a nude scene in a film, she said: ‘You know it’s not really what I do, so if you are going ask me to do it, you have to expect it to be toned down. You know, as a mum of three, I feel like that.’

The original script for Duplicity involved a raunchy sex scene, but Roberts insisted it be toned down. Whether it was intentional or not, Roberts’s comments are a backhander for Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet, a 33-year-old mother of two. Winslet famously shed her clothes in The Reader, and her natural breasts became a major talking point in the US – even drawing praise from Oprah Winfrey.

Roberts is well known for her aversion to taking her clothes off on camera. She has been quoted in the past as saying: ‘I wouldn’t do nudity in films. To act with my clothes on is a performance. To act with my clothes off is a documentary.’

Last night was a rare public appearance for Roberts, after she snubbed the Oscars ceremony last month, preferring to stay at home with her husband and brood. She failed to show at the London premiere of her last film Charlie Wilson’s War two years ago. In fact Roberts’ last red carpet appearance in London is thought to have been for her 1999 film Notting Hill.

She said of her return to the red carpet: ‘It was terrifying but good to do it again. I put on three different outfits before I decided what to wear tonight. I don’t particularly have the bug to work. I just have the bug to do good movies and they don’t come along very often.’

At the height of her fame, the actress could command £17m per film, but has since explained how her priorities changed after she became a mother.

She said: ‘I never really did years of movie after movie but when you’ve got three toddlers in the house you’re performing all day long anyway with puppet shows and stories. I act around the clock.’

From The Daily Mail

Was Julia Roberts really criticizing Kate Winslet? Or was she criticizing actresses in general who disrobe for a role? In either case, all I can say is, hey, Julia, don’t ruin the fun for everybody! I enjoy a good film sex scene. And I hope that Clive Owen gets more encouragement from other people to film sexier movies.

Julie Roberts is shown with Clive Owen at the London premiere of Duplicity on 3/10/09. Credit: WENN.com

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  1. sauvage says:

    I think she was just speaking for herself. She wasn’t critizising Kate Winslet or any other serious actress.

  2. candle says:

    Julia’s always been like that. Men loved her for playing a hooker, then they gave her an Oscar for looking like a hooker in the so-so Erin Brokovich. But in reality she’s famous for iron clad clauses where she won’t show anything but her back. Personally, I think it’s empowering that one of Hollywood’s leading ladies is trying to do her craft well and be a good role model. For trash, we’ll alwasy have Slutney Spears vag shots.

  3. Sauronsarmy says:

    Oh shut up Daily Fail. I don’t see how Julia “backhanded” Kate by saying she didn’t do nudity. Also isn’t mum a British word?

  4. what is ever. says:

    She answered a question on her own behalf never mentioning another individual or group of individuals once.

    I’ve never been a huge fan, but I applaud her for honoring a personal choice and not bowing to her industry or what society might think.

    Also, why is ‘not attending’ considered “snubbing”? If she wasn’t nominated for anything, why should she feel obligated to attend? Maybe I missed something, did she release a statement saying that she was above petty awards ceremonies? Because then I would say she snubbed the Oscars– but if she simply chose to watch with her family while at home, leave the woman alone.

  5. rbsesq says:

    I love Julia Roberts. She’s always shown a class that’s lacking in most celebrities today. And she has her priorities straight and doesn’t let fame interfere with them.

  6. Granger says:

    whatisever, I think (and I might be wrong on this) that Julia was asked to present something at the Oscars, which is why they’re saying she “snubbed” the show. It’s a silly thing to say, of course, but mags will create controversy out of anything!

    I’ve never been a fan of hers, and while I think it’s admirable on the one hand that she won’t do nudity, on the other hand, it really does show what kind of entertainer she is. She’s called herself an “artist” in past interviews, but then she militantly limits the types of roles she’ll play and what kind of dedication she’ll bring to them. I reserve the term “artist” for someone like Kate Winslet, who loses herself completely in a character. Julia’s fun to watch, and she’s certainly made her mark as a film star, but she isn’t much of an actor.

  7. lunatrix says:

    Whatever, who wants to see lizard-lips in a sex scene anyways? Talk about a turnoff.

  8. what is ever. says:

    Thanks Granger, and I agree, if that is true, it’s pretty silly.

  9. Judy says:

    She was never great in the sex scenes and I bet she isnt that great in them at home either.She acts prudish.Sher is an OK actor and has made some good movies but I dont see her as any kind of sex goddes that is for sure

  10. Baholicious says:

    Roberts has always used a body double for skin shots, so why she’s saying she won’t now that she’s a mom is totally irrelevant.

  11. Jenni says:

    She seems like a really nice intelligent lady. I love her eyes but I think she would look better a little plumper.

  12. anastasiabeaverhausen says:

    Ug. One of the worst actresses around. She always plays herself. Just phoning it in. I don’t care if she does a sex scene or not. I doubt most people care.

  13. Kevin says:

    Her brother is the talent in that family.

  14. Zoe says:

    Yes, because mothers aren’t sexual creatures. The point of acting is to be truthful to the story of your character, not to refuse part of the character’s life. Give the part to someone who can actually do it as it’s written. Secondly, she never played sex scenes anyway so this is nothing new.