When Ocean’s Eleven started filming in 2000, it was the first time that these longtime friends and frequent co-stars worked together. What started out as a business relationship turned into a friendship right away and lasted for 22 years.
At the U.S. premiere of their new movie, Ticket to Paradise, Clooney told PEOPLE, “We had fun from the moment we met.” “It’s great when you work with people who take their work seriously but don’t take themselves too seriously.
Roberts agreed with that point of view. “I thought, ‘He’s going to be a friend,'” she said about the first time she met Clooney.
She was right, too! Roberts and Clooney have continued to work together in movies, and they’ve also been important parts of each other’s personal lives.
Here’s a look at Clooney and Roberts’ friendship over the years, from when they first met to their most recent movie together.
Clooney told PEOPLE in 2015 that he and Roberts first met on the set of Ocean’s. “We had never met each other before. People just thought we did.” “He and [director] Steven Soderbergh called me in for a short meeting, I think to see if they liked me,” Roberts said.
Ocean’s Eleven came out on December 7, 2001. It was the first time Clooney and Roberts were in the same movie. In the ensemble cast, they were joined by actors like Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Andy Garca, and Bernie Mac.
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which came out on Dec. 31, 2002, was directed by Clooney. The movie was a made-up story about the life of game show host Chuck Barris. Clooney, Roberts, and Sam Rockwell were all in it.
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At the 2013 BAFTA Britannia Awards, which were held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, California, Roberts gave Clooney the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film. During the speech she gave to honor the actor, she made sure to make fun of him as well.
The actress made a joke that she was giving Clooney the award for two reasons: “First, Brad Pitt wasn’t there. Two, Matt Damon was in town but couldn’t help.”
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Roberts sneaked into Clooney’s virtual interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and made a funny cameo appearance. The Pretty Woman star stopped by for a few minutes while the actor was talking with the host and newcomer Daniel Ranieri about their new movie The Tender Bar.
“George, I don’t know if you know this or not, but there’s a woman sitting next to you,” the comedian joked as Clooney playfully pretended he didn’t see anything. Kimmel made a joke as Roberts rolled away, “Maybe I was seeing things. Even so, it looked like Julia Roberts.”
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In an interview with Access Hollywood, the Ticket to Paradise stars talked more about their friendship, including why they never dated or took things to “a different level.”
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“Julia was always with someone, or I was always with someone. And we became friends quickly, “Clooney told us. “So it wasn’t anything, but we’ve had nothing but fun. So, I don’t think that really ever happened.”
George Clooney and Julia Roberts Recall 22 Years of Friendship
When Ticket to Paradise came out in theatres, the cast talked to PEOPLE about their friendship and shared the secret that has kept them close for 22 years.
“I think the things we like are the same. “We love the work, but it’s not our whole life,” Clooney said. “It’s a lot of fun to go to work. We can do it very easily.” The actress also said, “We have the same way of looking at life.
“Listen, one of Julia’s many great qualities is that she is always loyal, friendly, and kind,” Clooney said. “So, if you asked me what’s different, I’d say nothing about who we are or who you are, except that we’re getting a little bit older.”