Actress Julia Roberts says working on the thriller Homecoming was a challenge, and feels the show can be renamed No Easy Days.
The Pretty Woman star is entering the world of the small screen with Amazon Prime Original series Homecoming, adapted from a podcast with the same name.
“I was really taken with the podcast,” said Roberts in a statement.
“The characters were terrific. [Actress] Catherine Keener is a friend of mine — she played Heidi in the podcast — and she was fantastic. I was listening to it with [a TV series] in mind. The audio, the sound production, the fish-tank bubbles... it was all so visual. [Creators] Micah Bloomberg and Eli Horowitz know this material inside and out,” she added.
Directed by Sam Esmail, the show follows the life of case worker-turned-waitress Heidi Bergman (Roberts) as she struggles to remember her time working at a facility that treats soldiers returning from war.
The actress was happy to work with Esmail.
“He’s an incredible intellect and has such a very specific vision,” she said.
“I come from films where there’s just one captain throughout. And I know from friends and family who work in television that there’s a changing-of-the-guard in every episode, which I’m unaccustomed to.”
Homecoming was just so surgical in its complexity, said the actress.
“The different time periods, all the different characters - they required a need for one voice behind it the whole time,” said Roberts.
“I said from the beginning that I really wanted one person to direct all the episodes. And if that person wasn’t Sam, then I probably wouldn’t do it.”
Roberts echoes her collaborators’ enthusiasm about the show’s set design.
The Eat Pray Love star said: “They built it so that we could do these incredible camera maneuvers. I think there are days when we’ve done 11 pages of dialogue in one camera move up and down hallways, down stairs, through huge conference rooms and cafeterias — it’s pretty amazing.
“It’s been pretty challenging. The show could be renamed No Easy Days because there were none! But my collaboration with Sam has been so joyful. We’re just two peas in a pod. He’s very specific and clear in his direction. It’s been relatively effortless.”
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Homecoming streams on Prime Video from November 2.