Cannes wasn't the first time the pretty woman kicked off her heels

By Dave Quinn
Updated December 08, 2020 02:08 PM
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Julia Robertsmade headlines Friday when she walked the red carpet at the 2016 Cannes film festival barefoot.

But if you’re a fan of Roberts, you’ll know it’s not the first time the 48-year-old actress has rocked the barefoot look. Here are some of the most memorable times Roberts has chucked her footwear:

On her auditions

Lest you think that Julia Roberts’ barefoot look is a style the superstar celebrity has adopted after finding fame, look to Joel Schumacher to set you straight.

The director cast a virtually unknown Roberts in one of her first roles, 1990’s Flatliners, and recounted Roberts’ comfortable audition style to the Chicago Sun-Times in 1999.

“I met Julia after I had gotten off a plane from London. And I was so jet-lagged that I practically couldn’t stand up.” Schumacher said. I remember it was this blaring hot day and this unknown girl named Julia Roberts arrived in cutoff jeans, barefoot, this old baggy T-shirt, no makeup. Her hair was piled on top of her head. She was 20 and just so incredible. I forgot about my jet lag and fell in love with her. I thought, ‘How have I lived without this person in my life?’ ”

On her wedding day

When Roberts walked down the aisle to marry country-pop performer Lyle Lovett in 1993, she wore a simple, unadorned white dress (size small) by Commes des Gar ons and a floor-length tulle scarf. But it was what she wasn’t wearing that got people really talking – shoes!

In PEOPLE’s cover story of the wedding, her friends said they immediately recognized her bare feet as the most Julia-esque fashion fillip. “She looked gorgeous,” one of her bridesmaids said, of the 25-year-old bride.

On film

On the big screen, Roberts has been barefoot in a number of her iconic films, including 1999’s Notting Hill, 1989’s Steel Magnolias, 2011’s The Mexican and 1991’s Sleeping with the Enemy.

She spent all of 1991’s Hook barefoot, flying around as the feisty Tinkerbell in the Peter Pan sequel. And she got into the fairy-tale spirit again in 2012’s Mirror, Mirror, lounging barefoot in a few scenes as the evil Queen.

Of course, there was her Oscar-winning role in 2000’s Erin Brockovich, where Roberts’ title character kicked off her shoes to retrieve water samples; a shoeless scene with Tom Hanks in 2011’s Larry Crowne; and some barefoot praying in 2010’s Eat, Pray, Love.

Plus, who could forget Pretty Women, which included a bathtub scene that showed Roberts and costar Richard Gere getting cozy as she runs her toes under the tub’s running faucet. Or the film’s polo-match scene, in which she strolled though the playing filed sans shoes.

On talk shows

Roberts got comfortable on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2014, rocking bare feet while dishing about DeGeneresstar-studded Oscars selfie.

Ironically, the actress spent some time talking about shoes, gifting DeGeneres with a pair of them from the Office of Angela Scott.

At awards shows

In 2013, Roberts ditched her heels while appearing at the BAFTA Britannia Awards in L.A., as she presented pal George Clooney with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film.

Wearing black toenail polish to match her black mini dress, Roberts was wheeled out onstage in a wheelchair – a callback to the duo’s longstanding friendship.

On magazine covers

Julia Roberts has graced the cover of many a magazine throughout her years – often without her shoes on.

There was a shot on a 1994 issue of Rolling Stone. And most recently, the star graced the cover of French Elle barefoot, promoting her new movie Money Monster.

It’s the second time Roberts has shown her bare feet on the cover of French Elle. The actress did so on a 2014 cover.