Roberts recently spoke to reporters about the power of teachers (and making do without them), balancing career and marriage, and her early days listening to .38 Special.
So, first off: Is Mona Lisa Smile a 'chick flick'?
We just made a movie.
The film is set in the 1950s. What did you do to prepare for the time warp?
I watched some really nice documentaries on the '50s which I thought were very informative. It was a really interesting period of time where our culture became ruled by television and advertising and you worried about the appliances that you had.
Your character has a huge influence on her students. Did you have any acting teachers that inspired you when you were younger?
No, but we didn't have a theater department or drama or anything where I went to school. I look at it as a positive – that no one did take that much interest in me. To be ignored can shape just as well as to be lauded, I suppose.