What are the downsides of being an international movie star? Being filmed eating pizza before breakfast, says Julia Roberts.
In Eat Pray Love, Julia chows down on Neapolitan slices for a scene in which her character, Elizabeth Gilbert, indulges in the best of Europe’s cuisine.
“If you look at any of the scenes of eating, by the end of the scene, I’m done eating,” Julia tells Entertainment Weekly magazine.
“Like in the scene with the pizza, by the time the scene is over, I’ve eaten the entire piece. When we were in Naples, we started shooting at eight in the morning, and I think by 8:45 I’d eaten eight or 10 pieces of pizza. Pizza was what I ate all day that day.”
How did she and her movie bosses handle the inevitable weight gain? “You know, we talked about that,” says Julia, “because I didn’t want people to say, ‘Well, she’s supposed to go to Italy and eat all this food, but she looks the same in the whole thing’.
After talking to director Ryan Murphy, Julia explains: “I said, ‘What do we do?’ And he said, ‘By the time Liz got to Italy, she was so underweight that the weight she put on really got her back to normal and then a little bit more.’ ”
“It wasn’t like she [became] a tub. So because I started at normal weight for me, by the time we left Rome and I was seven to 10 pounds heavier, that was probably the truth of what she was dealing with. I could’ve used a bigger pair of jeans when I went off to India!”