In the upcoming romantic comedy, the longtime friends playing bitter exes scheming to stop their daughter’s wedding.
In the upcoming romantic comedy Ticket to Paradise, George Clooney and Julia Roberts will reunite after acting in movies like Ocean’s Eleven and Money Monster.
The pair play bitterly divorced exes who team up to stop their daughter (Booksmart’s Kaitlyn Dever) from going through with her destination wedding in Bali.
The two actors discussed playing exes and quarantining one another while filming in Australia in an interview with The New York Times.
Clooney revealed that he rented a home for the duration of the production with his wife Amal and their twin kids. Roberts stayed at a different home close by while her husband and three kids were back in the US.
“We started in Hamilton Island, with all these wild birds, and Julia had the house down just below Amal and me and the kids,” Clooney said.
“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 Clooneys saved me from complete loneliness and despair,” Roberts added. “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.”
As per Deadline, despite being longtime friends and frequent colleagues, Clooney and Roberts have never worked on a romantic comedy before Ticket to Paradise.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’s Ol Parker directs the film, and Clooney says that it was “clearly written for Julia and I.” (In the original script, he explains, their characters’ names were “Georgia and Julian.”)
Despite their obvious chemistry, Clooney and Roberts joke that it took them “80 takes” to film a single kissing moment without cracking up. “It took 79 takes of us laughing and then the one take of us kissing,” Roberts said.
Maxime Bouttier, Lucas Bravo, and Billie Lourd are featured in Ticket to Paradise. The movie debuts in theaters on October 21.