How Julia Roberts' Costumer Beat the Heat for 'Eat Pray Love'

08/13/2010 at 05:00 PM ET

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From Europe to Bali, filming Eat Pray Love was one hot job–literally! With temperatures soaring to over 100 degrees in some locations, it was no easy task keeping star Julia Roberts in costume and comfortable. “I made sure the clothes were as light as they possibly could be and still told the story,” Eat Pray Love costume designer Michael Dennison tells PEOPLE. And the scorching heat wasn’t the only issue for the skilled costumer when it came to dressing Julia. While shooting in Rome, Dennison also had to account for his leading lady’s real and perceived weight gain due to all those eating scenes. “She probably put on about seven pounds,” he admits. “I scaled down clothes and stuff like that to make them look tighter, and loosened up clothes to make it look like she was gaining more weight than she actually did.” And by the time they got to India, the progression to baggy clothing seemed natural for Julia’s character. “It was intrinsic to the Ashram that her clothes be as loose and flowy and airy as possible,” says Dennison. “It’s like a dress-code, they’re prayer clothes and also work clothes, and to be practical you [don't] want anything close to your body. It’s too hot!” –Andrea DeSimone; with reporting by Mary Green

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Editor on

Does anyone proof read these articles before they are published?

Jennifer on

I hate to be dismissive of anyone’s experience, but somehow I’m just not too concerned about the midlife crisis of a woman wealthy enough to just pack up & go traipsing around the world, cherrypicking from other people’s spiritual & cultural traditions like she’s at the international aisle of the Whole Foods. So the book & the movie are both at the bottom of my list of things to check out.

Bonnie Buckley on

Lill you have a nerve.People should be free to like a movie without being called a idiot.You are very rude! The world would be a better place if people would treat each other with respect .Even if they disagree.To much hate in this world today I find it very sad.

meli on

The movie was slow moving at times. Bali was the best part indeed. India needed more and the begining was very lacking. I don’t think anyone else could had played that part, Julia did a good job. It just made me want to read the book again. Javier rocked. James Franco I love but his part was not as juicey as it could had been. I wanted so much more from this book/movie.

Lori on

I have never understood why people would want to go to India. It is extremely over populated, dirty, poor beyond belief.

Liz on

The movie was okay, but not great. Loved the scenes in Italy, couldn’t wait to get out of India (except for Richard Jenkins, a very good actor) and in Bali I didn’t feel any attraction from Julia/Liz for Felipe, the fool. However, Javier Bardem was the best actor in the movie. Julia Roberts was good, but not great, not believable, too cold emotionally for me. She’s good at laughing, but not believable as someone seeking spiritual enlightenment. I didn’t really like her (character) very much. All a bit disappointing.

Movie Watcher on

I read the book and loved it; and I loved the movie, too. I am not a huge fan of Julia Roberts but thought she was great in this!

Costumes were not very attractive. What was she thinking with the wedding dress in Liz Gilbert’s wedding scene. It did not look like if fit on the top. And the clothes she wore in India (except the sari) were frumpy.

The scenes were gorgeous in each location. I’ve been to Italy and India….I want to go to Bali!!

Kushal on

@ Lori you have seen the wrong part of India specially if u see in the movies

zulie on

Read the book, saw the movie, loved them both!

Anjana on

After reading all these comments, I am going to wait for DVD release.

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