Julia Roberts & Tom Hanks are W Magazine’s June 2011 cover stars, photographed by Mario Sorrenti . On the cover Julia wears Dolce & Gabbana dress, Burberry belt and styled by L’Wren Scott; Tom Hanks wears Dolce & Gabbana shirt and Tom Ford suit.
At some point in your career, you changed from playing the romantic guy in Splash to the serious Philadelphia guy. How did that happen?
“I told my agents that I wasn\’t going to play pussies anymore. I was tired of playing, “Oh, boo-hooâ€”I was in love, but oh, boo-hoo-hoo.” There comes an age when you can\’t do that anymore. I wanted to play men instead of boys. In your mid-30s, it\’s time to start playing guys of compromise. And as you get older, men of bitter compromise [Laughs].”
Had you met before you worked together?
“We had said howdy-do at those famous-people-club meetings: “Hi! I\’m famous, you\’re famous, and there\’s a camera on us now!” And then we did Charlie Wilson\’s War together a few years ago.”
You became powerful and famous early onâ€”after Pretty Woman, you were a huge international star. You were only 21. Was that overwhelming?
“No, because the business was different then. It was a less loud, in-your-face sort of business. It would be awful to be a young actress today. Back in the good old days, before e-mail [internet I think she means], you could decide how you wanted to be, how you wanted to define yourself.”
You can read the interview at W Magazine’s website: www.wmagazine.com.
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