Julia Roberts snubs FOX journalist

Julia RobertsJulia Roberts snubbed entertainment journalist Roger Friedman at a party for her upcoming film, Duplicity, according to Friedman’s recount of the event in his FOX news column. He says Roberts was “rude, downright nasty, and dismissive. She snubbed me in front of other people to make her point, and later cut in between me and director Tony Gilroy … Her behavior was unexpected and chilling.” What was the reason for Roberts’ nasty behavior? Friedman reviewed a stage play in which she appeared, Three Days of Rain, and according to her publicist Marcy Engelman, Roberts believes he gave her a bad review for her performance. Friedman defends himself, saying that in 2006 Roberts had been criticized by local newspapers, which called her performance bad and claimed she couldn’t act, but as a fan of the actress he had written the opposite. He wrote that she had strong stage presence, and was funny and charming when fitting, and convincingly grim and somber as well. He also said she injected life into the role, and that you “[could not] take your eyes off her.” In response to Roberts’ grudge, Friedman suggests, “maybe it’s time to start getting better information.” His personal advice to the actress: “Get a new publicist, and a clipping service.”

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  1. Nancy • March 19, 2009 @ 11:06 AM

    I’ve always liked Julia Roberts but if this is true, she is sounding quite “DIVA”.

  2. Jim • March 19, 2009 @ 11:33 AM

    Wow Nancy. I am very impressed with your choice of words on this one. You are being very respectful when saying “if this is true” before giving your opinion. I agree with you on liking Julia Roberts. I have loved her work but obviously don’t know much about her personal life and her personality in “real life.” If what the reporter is saying is true about review, I agree with him in saying that she needs a better publicist however it must be hard to keep up with all of the reviews that people have written about you when you are famous. Shoot I have a hard time keeping up with the different opninons of people on this website so being a publicist would not be my best career choice that is for sure. Having said that, I would probably do the same thing as Julia Roberts did if given the wrong information too so maybe it is a good thing I am far from famous. 🙂

  3. Nancy • March 19, 2009 @ 11:42 AM

    Well, I’m not trying to be “respectful” to or for anyone, Jim. I also agree with you that it would be hard for these stars to keep track of all the good and bad reviews and whom they were written by, which is why I think she should have just behaved herself instead of making it worse. I can just imagine what director Tony Gilroy thinks of her behaviour.

  4. ke • March 19, 2009 @ 11:46 AM

    just sounds like a whiny journalist. i think maybe, if anything, it was a crowded room, she was busy talking to so many people and she just overlooked him and he felt snubbed. i don;t know. i was obviously not there…

  5. Jo-Anne. • March 19, 2009 @ 3:16 PM

    Well, there are always so many possible “what ifs” regarding these stories…

    I can only go by what is printed here and comment

    First off, I am not a fan of her personality or as an actress, would put her at the bottom with Sandra Bullock…among the last on my list to choose to watch

    With regards to her attitude towards Friedman, most unprofessional. Heaven forbid every single report didn’t find your performance favourable….

    yes, Nancy, the “D” word comes to mind…

  6. tributegirl • March 19, 2009 @ 7:24 PM

    I’d be surprised if this story is true. “Her behavior was unexpected and chilling”? Doesn’t sound like the Julia Roberts I’ve read about.

  7. Coop • March 19, 2009 @ 7:29 PM

    I’m with you Jo-Anne,I think both actresses are highly overrated but it does sound like sour grapes on the part of the journalist.

  8. ke • March 19, 2009 @ 11:01 PM

    really Jo-Anne and Coop? i don;t think they’re (Roberts & Bullock) are the best in the business but i think they’re better than you seem to say. for me they’re one of those who can go from a dramatic role to a comedic role with ease unlike some actors who can do only one of the two…and they are both so charming on and off screen. i love watching interviews of theirs and yes, the movies too.

  9. Jo-Anne. • March 20, 2009 @ 8:56 AM

    Hi ke,
    you know what? I guess it’s just a personal thing who we are “attracted” to as a performer, and also who we find talented.

    I haven’t liked either of these actresses forever and the films I have seen of theirs I find their performances lacking (most of their movies I have to say I disliked as well, expecially when they portray a “clumsy whacky” role), off screen they’re even more painful to watch, I just don’t care for them.

    In going from dramatic to comedic or vice versa, I found Jim Carrey to carry that well, I think he is a lot more versatile than what he is mainly known for…also many others can make that leap and do a great job…think Alec Baldwin, Kathy Bates, Christopher Walken…

    again, it all comes down to personal choice and sorry, ke, these 2 ladies don’t cut it for me…

  10. mandee • March 20, 2009 @ 9:24 PM

    i actually really like both actresses as well. julia roberts was my favourite for the longest time. i think the only reason she isnt anymore is because she hasnt really been in many new movies, and im really beginning to like kat dennings and ellen page a lot. i think they are 2 of the most promising actresses of their time, and i enjoy movies with them in it even when they arent movies id normally be interested in. sandra bullock, i like her as an actress, but cant say there are many movies i like that have her in them. its not HER i dislike, i like her portrayal of the characters, its just the basic storyline that i find boring. the 2 movies i liked her in that i can think of and that i do own are practical magic and 28 days. on the topic, im not sure if i would believe that julia would act this way towards anyone, she has always seemed to be *from what i have read and heard* a down to earth, sweet person. i guess you never really know someone though. you could be best friends with someone and then find out theyve been murdering people or abusing their kids. (actually, on that note, a regular that comes in my work that i really liked and thought was a nice guy, his wife came through to tell me they got a divorce because he beats her kids). that just proves my point. they were always so nice and everything…

  11. tributegirl • March 22, 2009 @ 6:54 PM

    Yeah, mandee, that’s the same here with Sandra Bullock, she seems like a really good actress and like a really nice person, but the movies she’s been in aren’t all that great. With Julia, I think my fav is Steel Magnolia’s, I first watched it many years ago, and it still makes me cry!

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