July 29, 2010 09:40 PM

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Filming all over the world, and Italy, for the “eat” portion of the film Eat Pray Love may sound like heaven to most, but the task of eating plate after plate of pasta wasn’t the easiest thing to get used to for Julia Roberts.”They did go to great elaborate pains to make great food that I had to eat. Endlessly eat—in the heat,” recalled the actress at a press conference for the film Thursday at the Bardessono hotel in California’s Napa Valley. “But it was delicious. Ryan [Murphy, the film’s director] keeps telling people I gained 10 pounds,” quipped Roberts. “It was a little less than that. And I loved every pound.” Between the pasta, pizza and other Italian delicacies, the endless stream of food did get a bit tiresome after a full day of filming. So, did she swear off Italian for good since completing the film? Not a chance. “[I’ve eaten] tons, tons. It can’t slow me down.” Directed by Glee‘s Ryan Murphy, Eat Pray Love, based on the bestselling memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert, hits theaters August 13. –Jen Garcia

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