Julia Roberts’ New Character Was Almost A Lesbian
Julia Roberts came close to playing a lesbian in her new movie The Secret in Their Eyes. The Oscar winner was offered the role of an FBI investigator grieving the murder of a loved one. The role, before a handful of script changes, was originally a male character and then was gay.
“I’ve heard a number of scripts with parts where they said, ‘Well, the part is a man now and if you want to do it, we’ll change it into a woman,'” Roberts explained. “I don’t know how many men have had that experience. It happens. That it was originally a guy was sort of the secondary thing about it that appealed to me. In the original script the man loses his wife, and there had been a note that I had been sent with the script that it would be a woman who loses her wife. I thought, ‘That’s really cool and 21st century; I’m down with that’.” But Roberts finally came up with the perfect plotline, and persuaded director Billy Ray to rethink the script. “I said, ‘If it’s a woman, can she lose her child, because we all have one or we’ve been one, so everybody is therefore connected to her grief in some way’,” the actress added.