Julia Roberts plays a former therapist at a support centre for US soldiers, but her mysterious past returns to haunt her when a visitor calls
Julia plays Heidi Bergman, a counsellor at the mysterious Homecoming Transitional Support Center, where US soldiers are sent to prepare for a return to civilian life.
Flash forward a few years and Heidi is now working in a grim diner, where a man from the government is asking strange questions…
TV Times caught up with Julia, who will be 51 on 28 October, to talk about the new series. The full interview is available in TV Times on sale on 23 October.
How does television compare with Hollywood films?
It’s actually not too dissimilar.
A lot of TV shows have a different director for every episode, but I requested to have Sam [Esmail] for the whole shoot.
I didn’t want a different person trying to understand how my brain works every week – that seemed unfair to them!
Why did you want to
be in Homecoming?
The story is so complex and fascinating; all the characters reveal themselves in
It’s based on a podcast, in which my friend Catherine Keener plays Heidi. I asked why she wasn’t doing the TV series – my big fortune was that she was busy doing something else!
Heidi is such a well-intentioned character, I spent time trying to understand her vulnerabilities and what makes her powerful.
It was like playing two characters because there are two timelines.
I had a number of
Did you have less time to prepare
for this TV
role than your movie roles?
No, but I definitely had a lot less time at home to cook and do the laundry – in the evenings when my children finished their homework, I would still be doing mine!
It took a lot of brainpower because there were pages and pages to learn!