Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Julia Roberts on Her TV Debut 'Homecoming' and Its Look at Post-Military Life

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Julia Roberts on Her TV Debut 'Homecoming' and Its Look at Post-Military Life

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Julia Roberts on her 'new endeavour'


TORONTO - For her first starring role in TV with the new Amazon Prime Video series "Homecoming," Julia Roberts defaulted to the world she was well familiar with.

"We shot it like a film, we treated it like a film," said Roberts, who also served as an executive producer and requested that "Mr. Robot" creator Sam Esmail direct all episodes of the half-hour noir.

"We had all the scripts at the beginning. I tried to dress the television idea up as much as a movie as possible, just knowing that we were going to hit the ground running," she added in an interview at the recent Toronto International Film Festival, where "Homecoming" screened.

"I wanted to be as prepared as I could be, I wanted to have as much confidence and comfort as I could have in this new endeavour."

Launching Friday, "Homecoming" stars the Oscar-winning actress as a former caseworker from a top-secret transitional support centre for soldiers returning to civilian life. The story jumps between her time at the facility in 2018 and her current life in 2022, when she's a waitress living with her mother, played by Sissy Spacek, and can't remember anything about her former career.

Toronto native Stephan James co-stars as one of the soldiers who bonds with Roberts's character, while Shea Whigham plays a Department of Defense auditor who investigates a mystery surrounding the facility, and Bobby Cannavale plays the facility's head.

The cast also includes Jeremy Allen White, Alex Karpovsky, and Dermot Mulroney, who co-starred with Roberts in the 1997 romantic comedy "My Best Friend's Wedding."

Roberts said the psychological thriller highlights the difficulties ex-soldiers face in trying to adjust to civilian life after they've "made the greatest sacrifice that a person can make."

"They make these incredible sacrifices and then they come home and, from what I've read and watched and heard, become this invisible person," said Roberts, who won an Oscar for best actress in 2000's "Erin Brockovich. …

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