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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’.

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.

WATCH: Ben Is Back | Trailer

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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