How Julia Roberts' Costumer Beat the Heat for 'Eat Pray Love'

08/13/2010 at 05:00 PM ET


From Europe to Bali, filming Eat Pray Love was one hot job–literally! With temperatures soaring to over 100 degrees in some locations, it was no easy task keeping star Julia Roberts in costume and comfortable. “I made sure the clothes were as light as they possibly could be and still told the story,” Eat Pray Love costume designer Michael Dennison tells PEOPLE. And the scorching heat wasn’t the only issue for the skilled costumer when it came to dressing Julia. While shooting in Rome, Dennison also had to account for his leading lady’s real and perceived weight gain due to all those eating scenes. “She probably put on about seven pounds,” he admits. “I scaled down clothes and stuff like that to make them look tighter, and loosened up clothes to make it look like she was gaining more weight than she actually did.” And by the time they got to India, the progression to baggy clothing seemed natural for Julia’s character. “It was intrinsic to the Ashram that her clothes be as loose and flowy and airy as possible,” says Dennison. “It’s like a dress-code, they’re prayer clothes and also work clothes, and to be practical you [don’t] want anything close to your body. It’s too hot!” —Andrea DeSimone; with reporting by Mary Green

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Susan on

Just not worth the money, slow moving and disappointing. I’l have to give this one a thumbs down…sorry Julia.

SteveKyle on

I agree with Jennifer.

brian on

Why is this lemon of a movie getting so much press from People? Kickbacks? Bribery? Julia Roberts is an aging has-been. Can anyone remember her last GOOD film?

Billy Blade on

I don’t watch her movies, I think she is a bore..

Lisa on

Brian, an aging has-been? Really? At 42 years old, with 30+ movies, not to mention taking time off to get married, have twins, then another child, I think she doesn’t fall into the category of an “aging has-been”. Recent movies include Charlie Wilson’s War, which was pretty good; Duplicity was all right, though ymmv. Hope someone treats you with more dignity and respect when you become an aging has-been.

Katherine on

I saw this movie last night. It was disapointing, but I didn’t have great expectations to begin with, so…it was just ok. I thought it was kinda lame how they portrayed “Liz” as being more sad over the breakup of the 20-something boyfriend, than over her own marriage. It was poor script writing, that they didn’t even develope most of the different love stories between her, and all the men to begin with. ALSO, I didn’t like how she couldnt even decide for herself if she loved the guy at the end, she had to have the medicine man tell her it was OK. DUMB!!! :P

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lizzie lue on

Could not get into the book, gave it an honest effort. Liked the movie but I always enjoy JR, the laught, the teeth, the mouth. It was just what you should do when you have been in relationships for a lot of your life, go rinse your head out. And Javier Bardem: I’d follow him in a leaky inflatable through a sea of starving sharks!

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