Julia Roberts hopes ‘Ben Is Back’ starts talks on drug addictions

Julia Roberts told Eyewitness News she doesn’t draw on her personal experience of being a mother when she plays one on screen as she does in ‘Ben Is Back’.

FILE: US actress Julia Roberts attends the 'Ben Is Back' New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on 3 December 2018 in New York City. Picture: AFP

NEW YORK - Julia Roberts says she hopes her latest film will help start conversations about the continuing epidemic of opioid addiction.

The Oscar-winning actress plays a mother of a drug-addicted son in _Ben Is Back _opposite Lucas Hedges, who was nominated for a supporting actor Oscar in 2017.

Roberts told Eyewitness News she doesn’t draw on her personal experience of being a mother when she plays one on screen as she does in Ben Is Back.

“You make a pact with yourself to say I don’t relate to this as a parent... relate to it as an artist because then it just becomes complicated and unsafe.”

Roberts’ co-star Kathryn Newton says both want the film to help families talk about drug addiction which continues to be a major issue across the world.

“It starts a conversation that’s not a secret, that everyone is affected by it.”

Ben Is Back releases in South Africa on 21 December.

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(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)