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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Irene Olson on

I found the movie to be a disppointment. I enjoyed the book. It was slow moving, Julia’s performance was boring; just not a fun time.

jill lulu on

you’re an idiot. the movie was indeed long but it was fun, especially the eat portion and julia roberts gave a relaxed but heartfelt performance.

Mel on

Wow, jill lulu, you have to call her an idiot for saying she didn’t like a movie? A little over the top with the harshness, don’t you think? Like she’s not entitled to her opinion of a movie? Hope you don’t name-call everyone who disagrees with you. Get over yourself.

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Sarah on

I thought Italy was fun, India was very slow-moving, and Bali was great! I liked how they had a good opener to really grab your attention, then slowed it down in India, and then raised everyone’s eyebrows in Bali. I thought it was great!

Michele on

Good for you Mel. No one should be called a name because they have a differing opinion. For the record Jill, I don’t even plan to see the movie because I don’t think I can stomach it. LOL I have never much cared for chick flicks. I only read this article because of the clothing issues. I was curious about them.

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Laurie on

Saw the movie and read the book…..enjoyed both very much. I thought Julia Roberts was perfect for the part.

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