fter starring in some of the best romantic comedies of all time, Julia Roberts took a 20-year hiatus from the genre;

she hasn’t headlined her own since 2001’s America’s Sweethearts.

Why? In an interview with The New York Times, Roberts said she’s been biding her time until the right project comes along. 

“People sometimes misconstrue the amount of time that’s gone by that I haven’t done a romantic comedy as my not wanting to do one,” she explained.

“If I had read something that I thought was that Notting Hill level of writing or My Best Friend’s Wedding level of madcap fun, I would do it

Roberts has been open about her rom-com reticence before, but recently told The Times that raising her three children took priority over her career.

“Here’s the thing: If I’d thought something was good enough, I would have done it,” she explained.

“But I also had three kids in the last 18 years. That raises the bar even more because then it’s not only ‘Is this material good?

It’s also the math equation of my husband’s work schedule and the kids’ school schedule and summer vacation.

It’s not just, ‘Oh, I think I want to do this.’

Julia Roberts Took a Break From Rom-Coms