Together, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and Jodie Foster have more than a century of Hollywood experience. Which is why it can sometimes be hard to remember a time when they weren’t all stars.
The trio of celebs recently sat down with PEOPLE and EW editorial director Jess Cagle to talk about their new movie Money Monster and to reminisce about their own long careers — including when they first discovered each others’ filmography. And they go way, way back.
“Don’t you sometimes feel like they were with you when you were a baby?” Foster says. “I sort of feel like they were with you when you were a baby.”
Below, check out an excerpt from Cagle’s conversation with the Clooney, Foster, and Roberts, and pick up the latest issue of EW for the full interview.
JESS CAGLE: You all started in the industry at different ages. Do you remember when you first became aware of each other on screen?
JODIE FOSTER: Mystic Pizza for Julia, definitely. And I saw her at a barbecue.
GEORGE CLOONEY: I auditioned for Mystic Pizza and didn’t get it.
JULIA ROBERTS: For George, it’s Sisters. You were Sela Ward’s boyfriend, Falconer. You were so handsome.
CLOONEY: She’s so lying. She watched The Facts of Life.
ROBERTS: I did, but I didn’t clock you. On Sisters…
CLOONEY: I had a mullet then. [Laughter] The interesting thing is that Jodie and I are roughly the same age, and I’ve been doing this for 30 years or something. But Jodie, compared to you [Julia and I] are the young ones in the game. You’ve been doing it since you were…
FOSTER: Since I was 3.
ROBERTS: She was Becky in Tom Sawyer. I watched that with my kids recently.
FOSTER: Did you really?
George and Julia, did you first notice Jodie in Taxi Driver?
CLOONEY: I wasn’t allowed to see that one. She was allowed to be in it, but I wasn’t allowed to watch it. No, it was before Taxi Driver. [To Foster] You were on The Partridge Family, right?
FOSTER: I’ve been on The Partridge Family.
She was on The Paul Lynde Show.
FOSTER: [Laughs] Yes, I was! With Dom DeLuise. I did all those three-camera shows.
ROBERTS: My first job ever was on the TV show Crime Story, with Dennis Farina. That was a Michael Mann show. And then I did Miami Vice.
What was that like, Miami Vice?
ROBERTS: I remember thinking, “Gosh, I’ve really got to figure out what this scene is about,” and I sat down — we were out by a pool — and I’m looking at my lines. I look up, and they’re gone. Nobody gave a s— that I was trying to figure that out. It was agonizing.
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