Julia Roberts Stars in HBO's 'The Normal Heart'

The big screen legend moves to the small screen for this look at the early days of the AIDS crisis.
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interview with Julia Roberts. The superstar was in town for a premiere of "The Normal heart." Roberts plays Dr. Emma brookner, one of the few doctors that took on the cause. Why don't you wear a face mask? I never had. And I never will. Why is the food sitting outside of the rooms like this? It's always cold because the appropriate staff won't bring it into the rooms. And so, it sits and rots until one of my staff can. Julia Roberts joins us now. Hard to believe that's only 30 years ago. Yes. It seems like the blink of an eye in a way. It seems like we've come so far. In a week where Michael Sam, openly-gay player drafted in the NFL. Gay marriage legal in so many states. And then, you can discriminate against gays and lesbians. We have to be careful when we make too many strides. When we start taking correct care of each other because that's when I think people get lazy and forgetful. This is the antidote to lazy and forgetful. You watch it and it stirs up so much anger. And you are the best person in the world to convey moral outrage. He just likes to see me all furious. You are furious in this film. Yes. Yes. But this was a role, I guess that kind of chased you more than you chased it. You turned it down twice? I did. Why? The first time I read it, I couldn't connect enough to my character. What is it about it now that you could? A little of it is my own personal growth, I think. And really dismantling my character down to her as a person because it's so much about her as this doctor and her as this crusader. So, I did a lot of research on polio. She was one of the last people in the country to get polio. Your character can be pretty gruff. And Ned weeks, played by mark Ruffalo. He's an unpleasant, angry guy, who turns off all of his allies. And yet, it still works. One of the reasons that mark's character, Ned weeks, and my character, Dr. Brookner, book these unlikely allies is because they are both so enraged and not afraid to be relentlessly furious that no one is helping the situation. What's the most important thing you want people to take away from this film now? Moving forward, if something were to happen to us as a people, how do we take care of each other? And how do we show compassion within fear? The movie was a family affair, again. You worked with your husband, Danny Moder, director of photography. Is that harder? I had most of my tool box taken away from me. What do you mean? Being in a wheelchair. All of the things -- my physical mobility was so -- just gone. I could only really use my arms. It was interesting. So, I was a little bit more embarrassed than I normally am. Even in front of your husband. Because he's my husband, I want him to think I'm so cool. I know you don't go on Facebook. We have questions. One from Karen who says what is your favorite hobby? And what are you passionate about, mom-to-mom? I guess my favorite hobby is knitting or cooking. And passionate mom-to-mom? I have this incredible teacher, who has been teaching me more and more about nutrition. We learned something about you a couple weeks back on jimmy Kimmel. Quite a mouth, you and sally field. Let me just say for the record, I could have blown her away. I did not quite -- You threw the match? No. No. I did not. But I couldn't keep up because she came out just guns blazing. . Did you have any idea she had that kind of mouth? Yeah. We go way back. You held your own. Thank you. And you're brilliant in this movie. Julia Roberts, thanks very much. Thank you, George. And "Normal heart" airs may

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