Entertainment Movies George Clooney Reflects on Friendship with Julia Roberts: 'The Minute We Met, We Had Fun' The longtime friends team up as bitter exes in their new movie, Ticket to Paradise, which had its U.S. premiere on Monday night in Los Angeles By Anna Lazarus Caplan Anna Lazarus Caplan Instagram Twitter Digital News Writer, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines and Scott Huver Published on October 18, 2022 12:18 PM Share Tweet Pin Email George Clooney and Julia Roberts say a certain three-letter word is the secret to their on-screen chemistry and off-screen camaraderie. "The minute we met, we had fun," Clooney, 61, told PEOPLE Monday night at the U.S. premiere of their new film, Ticket to Paradise. "The beauty is, when you work with people who take their work seriously and don't take themselves seriously, and that's really fun." "I thought, he's going to be a pal," Roberts, 54, recalled, about the first time she met the actor. The longtime friends, who first teamed up in Ocean's Eleven and then again in Money Monster in 2016, play a divorced couple who reunite to thwart the impending marriage of their daughter, played by Kaitlyn Dever. Julia Roberts Jokes That Ticket to Paradise with George Clooney Is 'Probably Going to Be Terrible' While promoting the movie, Clooney and Roberts have had plenty of laughs while poking fun at one another — and themselves. Julia Roberts and George Clooney in Ticket to Paradise. Vince Valitutti/Universal Studios "I think it's so funny, and George is so funny, and George and I together, it's probably going to be terrible because there's too much potential for it to be great, it'll just implode on it itself," the Oscar-winning actress told The New York Times last month. For more on Julia Roberts and George Clooney, listen below to our daily podcast PEOPLE Every Day. "I think that should be the commercial for the movie: 'It's probably going to be terrible,' " continued Roberts, before playfully teasing, "I'm so glad my publicist is on a plane right now." Steve Granitz/FilmMagic Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. For his part, Clooney joked about what it took to get a perfect shot of the two kissing, while filming the movie. "Yeah. I told my wife, 'It took 80 takes,' " Clooney told The Times. "She was like, 'What the hell?'" "It took 79 takes of us laughing and then the one take of us kissing," Roberts added. Clooney responded, "Well, we had to get it right." Julia Roberts Has George Clooney Saved as 'Batman' in Her Phone Contacts: 'Now Everybody Knows' Written and directed by Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again director Ol Parker, the movie was "clearly written for Julia and I," Clooney said, adding that the characters' names were originally Georgia and Julian. "I hadn't really done a romantic comedy since One Fine Day — I haven't succeeded like Julia has in that forum — but I read it and thought, 'Well, if Jules is up for it, I think this could be fun,' " he said. Ticket to Paradise is in theaters Oct. 21.