07:47 AM EDT 03/19/2015
August: Osage County
Originally posted 09/11/2013 11:25AM
Working with Meryl Streep is a dream come true for any actress – and Julia Roberts is no exception.
But Roberts, 45, admits her longtime fantasy never involved butt pads, flop sweat and a chokehold.
Still, that proved to be their reality when Roberts was cast to play Streep's eldest daughter in August: Osage County, the film version of Tracy Letts's 2008 Tony-winning best play about a dysfunctional Oklahoma family gathered around their sharp-tongued, eccentric dying mother, played by Streep, 64.
"It was intimidating, certainly, to be in these scenes with her, choking her, things like that," Roberts admitted at Tuesday's Toronto International Film Festival press conference for the movie. "That's not how I pictured it going in my mind all these years when I thought we'd be together, drinking tea together and speaking in fabulous accents and dressed up and looking very chic."
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