She understood why Powell would write a blog about her cooking Julia Child's recipes because cooking is a personal journey. "I think cooking is a kind of time travel. When you're cooking sometimes you are with your mother," mused Ephron.
Julia Child on the other hand was not as understanding of Powell's blog. "I think she thought it was disrespectful and was being ripped off," said Ephron who still believes that had Child lived long longer, she would have realized that Powell was popularizing and playing homage to her.
The movie is about "the imaginary friendships you have some someone and your heart gets broken by it. People often meet the people they idolize and have to rejigger their worship. You can't give up what you feel about someone because they didn't fulfill your fantasy," she noted.
Child and Powell never met – "it's like 'Sleepless in Seattle' but even less" joked Ephron. In "Sleepless," Tom Hanks' and Meg Ryan's characters met in the final scene; in "Julie & Julia" there was no meeting.
Ephron's favorite scene in "Julie and Julia" is when Streep tells Stanley Tucci, who plays Julia's husband, Paul Child, her book has been rejected by Houghton Mifflin.
"That scene really knocked me out. It was about the two of them but I felt it was a lot like my marriage." In rehearsals, Ephron gave Streep and Tucci the lyrics to Bruce Springteen's song, "If I Should Fall Behind" to help set the mood ("should I fall behind wait for me").
Ephron loves the scene: "I just felt I nailed it, but then again I had two great actors."
"Julie & Julia" is in theaters August 7, 2009