The tabloids frequently make up stories about Julia Roberts‘ movie career. Gossip Cop has debunked many false reports on the subject. Here are five wrong rumors.
Last November, Gossip Cop called out the National Enquirer for wrongly reporting that Roberts was making a movie with Sandra Bullock in which they’d “play sisters who hate each other.” The magazine claimed the two actresses have always been rivals, but had agreed to put their differences aside and team up because “neither one of them is being offered great roles anymore.” Not only did a source tells us the two actresses weren’t developing a project together, but Roberts has previously mocked tabloid rumors claiming she’s feuding with Bullock. Meanwhile, both actresses have a number of real movies lined up and aren’t having any trouble getting roles.
In January 2018, Gossip Cop debunked a ridiculous story about Roberts being attacked by a ghost on the set of her movie Ben Is Back. According to the magazine, the actress was shoved by a mysterious force while shooting a scene for the film in a New York cemetery. A source involved in the production of the movie assured us the report was made-up. Meanwhile, Roberts never mentioned such an incident ever occurring. One would think the actress would bring up the spooky story while promoting the movie on the talk show circuit, but she never did. That’s because it never happened.
In January 2017, Gossip Cop busted Celeb Dirty Laundry for wrongly alleging that Roberts had been “shunned from Hollywood” due to her so-called “diva behavior.” The blog maintained that the actress was being denied roles because she’s difficult on set. Considering the actress has been working steadily in the industry for more than three decades, the story didn’t make a whole lot of sense. A source close to the actress assured us the report was false, and shortly after we debunked the story, Roberts’ movie Wonder grossed more than $300 million worldwide. She went on to star in the aforementioned film Ben Is Back, the Amazon series “Homecoming” and has many additional projects lined up.
Gossip Cop called out OK! in April 2015 for making up a story about Roberts snubbing Anne Hathaway after the actress supposedly pitched her a movie in which they’d play mother and daughter. The outlet contended that Roberts “scoffed at the idea” and it had led to a battle between the two actresses. The story was based on claims from an anonymous “source,” but Hathaway’ rep told us on the record that she and Roberts never discussed doing a movie together and certainly weren’t at odds over a nonexistent scenario. Just a few months ago, Hathaway revealed in a New York Times interview that she “burst into tears” when she met Roberts because she’s such a big fan.
And finally, Gossip Cop busted the National Enquirer in November 2014 for wrongly reporting that Taylor Swift would be co-starring with Roberts in the movie The Secret in Their Eyes. The outlet claimed the singer would be portraying the teenage daughter of Roberts’ character. When the story was first published, a source close to the situation told us it was “false,” and time has proven that to be the case. Actress Zoe Graham ended up being cast in the role.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.