Oscar winner Julia Roberts is among those soon to miss her daily Oprah Winfrey fix, and for very particular reasons. Roberts isn’t looking forward to Wednesday, May 25 — the date of the last new syndicated “Oprah Winfrey Show.”
“It is bittersweet. I’m so spoiled, because I rely on that daily dose to feel close to her. So much of daily conversation is made up of things we’ve heard on her show or learned from her show, and I think it really will leave a void that will be felt,” Roberts tells Zap2it.
“I’ve been tuning into the news networks,” Roberts adds, “trying to use that as a way to wean myself off of Oprah’s show. I think Chicago is going to get a little quieter, but I’m happy to say that I’m booked on one of her shows coming up. I’m excited to go and see her, but it’ll be tricky not to cry on my drive back to the airport.”
Roberts is not only return guest, loyal viewer and friend of Lady O but she can now also call the talk-show titan her boss. Roberts is executive producer and host of “Extraordinary Moms,” a special for Winfrey’s OWN Network debuting Saturday, May 7– just in time for Mother’s Day. Interviewees include Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Rosie O’Donnell and ABC’s “This Week” anchor Christiane Amanpour, as well as other moms who may not have such name value but also are remarkable.
Roberts will spend this summer playing a much different part for her: the Evil Queen in “The Brothers Grimm: Snow White,” one of at least two versions of the classic story now being readied for filming.
“This really comes more out of my interest and desire to be on board with Tarsem (Singh, the director), who I think is so brilliant. His idea of cinema is just on another planet, so his take on a fairy tale is super-fascinating. I mean, the sets, the story … it’s incredible. His version of the Evil Queen is just going to be so fun.”
But audiences won’t have to wait until “Snow White” hits theaters to see Roberts back on the big screen. She’ll be appearing opposite director, co-writer and fellow star Tom Hanks when “Larry Crowne” opens this summer on Friday, July 1.