Aside from Julia Roberts walking the red carpet to promote Eat Pray Love, her onscreen leading men, Javier Bardem, Billy Crudup and Richard Jenkins, were also on hand, as well as the film’s director Ryan Murphy, the book’s author Elizabeth Gilbert, Javier Bardem’s No Country For Old Men co-star Josh Brolin and actress Phylicia Rashad.
Notably missing at the premiere were co-star James Franco and Javier Bardem’s new bride, Penelope Cruz.
When asked what she got out of shooting the film, about a woman who travels all over the world to find herself, Julia Roberts, clad in a black Stella McCartney jacket and Diane Von Furstenberg shorts, told USA Today, “What I got out of it was realizing that I still really loved acting and working this hard and making this level of commitment.”
Regarding her reported 10 pound weight gain during the shoot, Julia Roberts confessed to SheKnows, “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 ten pieces of pizza.”
The woman who lived the memoir, and gained more than a measly 10 pounds during her journey, Elizabeth Gilbert, marveled to ABCNews.com about her success, “I was not picturing a movie when I was writing this book, and I don’t think I had the audacity to dream of Julia Roberts in it.”