W Goes Old School, Taps Julia Roberts & Tom Hanks For June Cover
Okay, maybe old school isn’t quite the right turn of phrase, but Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks on a magazine cover reminds us of the ’90s in the BEST WAY. They starred in our favorite rom-coms of that decade — don’t even pretend you can deny You’ve Got Mail or Notting Hill — and while they’ve done a whole lot of other stuff and won some Oscars, we’ll always remember them fondly as Joe Fox and Anna Scott. Anyway! They’re starring in a new movie together, and consequently also gracing the cover of W.
Larry Crowne comes out in July, so let’s just talk about the cover, okay? Roberts adds to Dolce & Gabbana‘s ridiculous cover count in a silk and lace number (the belt is Burberry, by the way), while Hanks dons a Tom Ford suit and Dolce shirt. (Surprisingly, Stefano didn’t leak this one!) The pair were shot by Mario Sorrenti for both the cover and inside spread, and the pics are rather lovely.
However, the accompanying article is a bit disappointing. We can usually count on Lynn Hirschberg for an entertaining piece, but this time she went the Q&A route — and the Hollywood superstars weren’t even interviewed together. There are some nice little bits though. For example, Hanks on writing a part in Larry Crowne for Roberts:
Yes. I had some teachers who looked like Julia. I would see them and think, I love you. So there was never anyone but Julia. Still, even after she said yes, I was the boss. That meant I got to say, “You don’t wear this dress, you wear that dress.” And Julia’s Julia—she can be intimidating [Laughs].
And Roberts, on if she was nervous working with Hanks:
God, no. We knew each other socially. When I was in Rome, shooting Eat Pray Love, Tom sent me the script and said, “Tell me what you think.” I couldn’t stop smiling when I read it: It’s topical, but very positive. It contains this moment in history in a very interesting way. The movie says, You can lose your job and your way and still rescue yourself. Larry Crowne creates a self-excavated utopia, and I love that idea, that message. And Tom is so good at making fun of himself. In the beginning of the film, he’s wearing pleated khakis. No one should wear pleated khakis onscreen.
Agreed about the pleated khakis, Jules. Also, we enjoy what she had to say about her movie wardrobes. Important style question: did she get to keep that famous red dress from Pretty Woman?
No, even though it was made for me, they didn’t let me keep anything from the movie. But I did get to keep the wedding dresses from Runaway Bride. They’re all boxed up in my garage. I’ve never opened them. It’ll be fun one day when Hazel [Roberts’s daughter] is taller. She can play dress-up with her friends.
Lucky Hazel! Check out the cover and photos below. What do you think of the spread?