Julia Roberts as Anna Scott in the 1999 movie Notting Hill.
Julia Roberts as Anna Scott in the 1999 movie Notting Hill.

Notting Hill quote Roberts ‘hated’

It's been 20 years since we first became captivated with the love story between travel bookshop owner Will Thacker and Hollywood superstar Anna Scott in Notting Hill.

The movie, starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, was released in June 1999 and earned a whopping $516 million at the box office globally.

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Roberts and Grant had incredible on-screen chemistry.
Roberts and Grant had incredible on-screen chemistry.

It's hard to find fault in British rom-com legend Richard Curtis' downright charming script - he also wrote Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral and many, many more - but there's one line in the film Roberts hated saying.

As Anna and William lie in bed after a night of passion, the actress speaks candidly about the downsides of fame - and how it's affected her love life in the past.

Anna: "Rita Hayworth used to say, 'They go to bed with Gilda, they wake up with me'".

William: "Who's Gilda?"

Anna: "Her most famous part. Men went to bed with the dream; they didn't like it when they would wake up with the reality. Do you feel that way?"

William: "You are lovelier this morning than you have ever been."

 

She delivers the line while lying in bed with William.
She delivers the line while lying in bed with William.

It's a sweet scene but turns out Roberts wasn't a fan.

"I hate to say anything negative about what Richard wrote because he's a genius, but I hated saying that line (about Hayworth)," she later told Vanity Fair.

"To me, it was nails on a chalkboard. I don't really believe any of that."

While the actress, now 51, wound up loving the movie (except that one quote), she's also admitted in the past she initially had no intention of accepting the offer to play Anna.

"When I sat to read the script, I did not have any great expectations," she admitted to The Birmingham Post shortly after the film's release.

"I had been given a brief synopsis and it sounded unappealing. But when I read it, from the very start with her going into the bookshop and she seems very mysterious and there is this guy having all these troubles and they leave and collide and she is at his house and she kisses him, I thought, 'Jesus Christ, this is great', I was completely sucked in."

Last year, one of Roberts' Notting Hill co-stars, Emily Mortimer, opened up about the "very awkward" tension on set during her scene in the movie.

Mortimer, who was cast under the intimidating moniker of "Perfect Girl", was the woman Will takes to his friends' weekly get-together, around the time he realises no one will ever compare with his ex, Anna.

 

Mortimer had a small — but memorable — role in the film.
Mortimer had a small — but memorable — role in the film.

It was a tough break for "Perfect Girl," but Mortimer's real-life experience on set was much, much worse.

In an interview with PeopleTV, the actress revealed she turned up to filming covered in hives after having an allergic reaction to a suit she'd found in an op-shop.

Mortimer struggled through the scene, taking steroids to combat the hives, and admitted "it was a nightmare".

"Every time I got nervous - which you do when you're acting - I got hives and my face (became swollen), well, one side of it you can still see is sort of chipmunk-like," she explained.

Unfortunately, the cast - including Grant, Emma Chambers and Hugh Bonneville - didn't make it any easier for her.

"Everybody was really embarrassed. It was very awkward. It was like, 'Who is this girl who's come - she's just got one scene, and she's making such a meal of it', and nobody would talk to me. It was weird."


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