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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Sharon on

I haven’t read the book but was eagerly anticipating the the movie because I thought it was a great premise. But, I hated it. It was as spiritually deep as a puddle and incredibly narcissistic. I like Julia but the character was self-absorbed and not at all likable. She was beautiful, rich, and had too many men to love her. Boo friggin’ hoo. The rest of us have real problems but we don’t sit around whining about them for a year and then end up with a book/movie deal. I can’t believe someone could live in an ashram and come out of the experience only slightly less shallow than before.

Yolie Mac on

To Jill Lulu – Watch your manners, girl! Every one is entitled to their opinion. I agree with Irene, read the book and loved it, but the movie was a total dissapointment! Julia Roberts gave a mediocre performance. She’s out of it!!! Javier Bardam needs to take more care of his physical appearance and take a shower once in a while. Not too thrilled about the movie :(

Alex on

I found the movie to be a dissapointment – LOVED the book but even with Julia’s performance, the movie was slow and boring. I should have waited until it came out on video.

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Nancy on

Saw the movie and I was disappointed too. It was real slow and long!

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