Julia: Director made me do rom-com
Julia Roberts has said director Gary Marshall made her appear in Valentine's Day.
The Oscar-winning actress - who in the past has said she didn't want to go back to romantic comedies - worked with Gary on Pretty Woman and The Runaway Bride, and plays a US servicewoman in his latest ensemble-cast movie.
Julia revealed: "Gary made me do it - it's not that I'm anti-romantic comedy, which always ends up being the favourite interpretation of me saying I don't want to do some specific thing."
She continued: "I like being funny, I like being romantic, it's just there aren't that many challenging difficult scripts to find that are original or interesting, particularly when you're 41.
"Gary found this great script and I think it's really sweet and refreshing and touching. The part that he asked me to play was incredibly appropriate to my sensibilities and how I feel about love and the world and I was more than happy to take the part."
The actress, who is now 42, was delighted to work with Gary again.
She said: "It's always the same, really, I love Gary, I owe him my entire career."
Gary revealed: "I've been through stages with her, I stay the same and she grows up, we had her 21st birthday on the set of Pretty Woman. The difference between then and now, on Runaway Bride, she had a cell phone, she didn't have that on Pretty Woman, so that's a whole dimension and now on this one, she's a mature lady who has three kids and she's very secure."