November 03, 2017 at 11:46 AM EDT

Pretty Woman

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
119 minutes
Wide Release Date
03/23/90
performer
Gary Marshall, Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Jason Alexander, Hector Elizondo, Laura San Giacomo
director
Garry Marshall
distributor
Buena Vista Pictures
genre
Romance, Comedy

No one can really imagine Pretty Woman without Richard Gere and Julia Roberts’ incredible chemistry, but that famous pairing almost didn’t happen — and at one point, Roberts feared that the film itself may not see the light of day.

In a new interview with PEOPLE and EW editorial director Jess Cagle, the Oscar-winning actress pointed out just how hard it was for her and late director Garry Marshall to find someone to play the perfect Edward. Once they were in talks with Gere, she knew he had to be a part of it.

“I just said, ‘You have to do this movie,'” Roberts admitted to Cagle about trying to convince Gere to get on board with her and Marshall. “And I kind of pleaded with him in a very real way. And then all three of us went out to dinner and had a great time and he changed all of our lives forever by agreeing to do this movie.”

You can watch the full clip above.

Cagle’s interview with Julia Roberts will premiere on EW Radio (SiriusXM 105) Thursday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. ET.

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