Julia Roberts’ Pretty Woman role nearly went to this ’80s movie star


The immense success of “Pretty Woman” marked a turning point in Julia Roberts’ career, propelling her to superstardom and solidifying her status as Hollywood’s most bankable female star. However, the iconic role of Vivian Ward almost went to another actress, as Molly Ringwald, known for her roles in ’80s comedy classics like “The Breakfast Club,” “Sixteen Candles,” and “Pretty in Pink,” was initially considered.

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Ringwald revealed that she was offered the opportunity to play Vivian in “Pretty Woman” but ultimately turned it down. Despite Julia Roberts delivering a memorable performance that contributed to the film becoming one of the best rom-coms of the ’90s, Ringwald explained her decision, stating, “Julia Roberts was wonderful in it, but I didn’t really like the story. Even then, I felt like there was something icky about it.”

Although Ringwald didn’t feel a strong connection to the story of “Pretty Woman,” she went on to have a successful career in the ’80s and ’90s, leaving her mark on the coming-of-age comedy genre. Meanwhile, Julia Roberts received widespread acclaim for her role in “Pretty Woman” and went on to dominate the ’90s with hits like “Notting Hill” and “My Best Friend’s Wedding.” Eventually, Roberts won an Oscar for her performance in “Erin Brockovich” in 2001.


In 2022, Julia Roberts made a charming return to the rom-com genre with the George Clooney film “Ticket to Paradise,” showcasing her enduring appeal and versatility as an actress.