Monday June 6, 2022, W9 is broadcasting one of the classics of American cinema: Pretty Woman, released in 1990. From 9:05 p.m., viewers have an appointment with Richard Gere (Edward Lewis) and Julia Roberts (Vivian Ward). This romantic comedy marked the beginning of the great career of the actress, aged 22 at the time of filming. If the actress was cooing in the arms of her on-screen playmate, was she in a relationship at the time of filming?
The answer is yes. In 1989, she had a brief relationship with American actor Dylan McDermott, last seen in American Horror Story (2011-2019), then in The Politician (2019) and Hollywood (2020). Also, the same year, she opened her heart to actor Kiefer Sutherland, who notably made himself known thanks to his role as Jack Bauer in 24 hours flat. While their relationship seemed serious, as they got engaged in August 1990, they broke off their engagements in June 1991. They were to get married a few days later.
Julia Roberts at the origin of this unexpected breakup
It was Julia Roberts who abruptly put an end to this idyll. As the main interested party told People years later, this breakup occurred when they were “very much in love”. Then he added, “We decided we wanted to get married. She was arguably the most famous woman in the world, and this wedding, which was supposed to be something just between the two of us, just got way too big.” According to him, the actress showed a lot of “courage” to escape. “I think she’s been honest with herself. I think it’s a lot better that way.”
Since 2011, Julia Roberts has been in a relationship with Daniel Moder, whom she married on July 4, 2002 in New Mexico. Together they started their family and have three children. The actor, for his part, was not so lucky. After finding love again in the arms of Kelly Winn, he ended this union in 2004.
Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in Pretty Woman. © TOUCHSTONE