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George Clooney jokes about kissing Julia Roberts in front of his wife and children during filming
2024/07/03

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and Julia Roberts have been promoting their new movie Ticket To Paradise.

And on Monday the 61-year-old ER actor and the 54-year-old rom-com queen sat down with Hoda Kotb for .

The actors joked about working together again after co-starring in Ocean's 11 and its sequels as well as the drama Money Monster. And the two had a laugh when they talked about having to kiss in front of his wife, attorney and their two children Alexander and Ella, twins who are age five.


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New chat: George Clooney and Julia Roberts have been promoting their new movie Ticket To Paradise. And on Monday the 61-year-old ER actor and the 54-year-old rom-com queen sat down with Hoda Kotb for Today

Talking the talk: The actors joked about working together again after co-starring in Ocean's 11 and its sequels as well as the drama Money Monster

Hoda got right to the point about the romance between the two in the highly anticipated movie.

She asked the longtime friends what it was like to kiss on the set in Australia.

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'Is it awkward to kiss your dear, dear friend?' asked Hoda.

An amused Clooney then quipped: 'It is when my wife and kids come by to visit!'

Opening up: George Clooney and Julia Roberts spoke about kissing in front of his children on the set of Ticket to Paradise during an interview with Hoda Kotb for Today that aired on Monday

The big smooch: Clooney is seen here kissing Julia Roberts in Ocean's Eleven (2001) 

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Roberts went on to express that she and her longtime friend George requested that the actor's son and daughter, Alexander and Ella, aged five, be removed from the set during the kissing scenes. 

She recalled: 'That was the first day they came to visit; it's like "Papa! Auntie Juju!" It's like Ah! Get them out!' 

In September they both joked that 'it took 80 takes' for them to film the single kissing scene in their upcoming romantic comedy.

While promoting their latest film together, the friends teased that their on-screen smooch took 'like, six months' to perfect. 

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Kissy: He had to kiss Roberts in their new film Ticket To Paradise. They both joked that 'it took 80 takes' for them to film the single kissing scene

'Yeah. I told my wife [], 'It took 80 takes,' the actor told . 'She was like, "What the hell?"'

Prompting Roberts, who is happily married to Daniel Moder, to explain: 'It took 79 takes of us laughing and then the one take of us kissing.' 

'Well, we had to get it right,' Clooney, who became fast pals with the Oscar-winning actress since portraying a couple in the 2001 film Ocean's Eleven, interjected. 

Clooney has kissed many famous ladies on the big screen.

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He kissed Julia Roberts in 2001's Ocean's Eleven. And he went in for a smooch Vera Farmiga in 2009's Up In The Air.

The star also kissed Judy Greer in the 2011 film The Descendants.  

They rehearsed: While promoting their latest film together, the longtime friends teased that their on-screen smooch took 'like, six months' to perfect. 'Yeah. I told my wife [ Amal Clooney ], 'It took 80 takes,' the actor told The New York Times . 'She was like, "What the hell?"' 

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Parental guidance: Roberts went on to express that she and her longtime friend requested that the actor's son and daughter, Alexander and Ella, aged five, be removed from the set during the kissing scenes

Taking caution: She recalled that 'the first day they came to visit; it's like "Papa! Auntie Juju!" It's like Ah! Get them out!'

Also on Today on Monday, the Erin Brockovich star also stated that she and her costar were given plenty of room to improvise on set.

'We had a fair amount of ad-libbing, especially in the drunken scenes,' she stated.

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Clooney then remarked that Roberts was surprised at how aggressive their interactions looked on screen.

He said: 'I remember, when we first saw it, you said, "You're so mean to me!"' 

The actress added that 'I had forgotten how some of it was kind of searing.'

Not expected: Clooney then remarked that Roberts was surprised at how aggressive their interactions looked on screen

Harsh: The actress added that 'I had forgotten how some of it was kind of searing'

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Ticket To Paradise is centered on a former couple who travel to Bali in an effort to sabotage the wedding of their daughter, who is planning to marry a man she had only recently met.

Development on the feature was announced in 2021, when Clooney and Roberts signed on to lead the movie.

The pair had previously worked together on films such as Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Money Monster.

Other cast members in the feature include Billie Lourd, Kaitlyn Dever and Lucas Bravo.

Ticket To Paradise premiered in Spain on September 8, and it currently holds a 69% rating on .

The movie is scheduled to be released in the United States on October 21. 

Coming soon: The movie is scheduled to be released in the United States on October 21

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