Along the way. she meets various co-stars, a few of whom Roberts talks about here.
Viola Davis: "I wish she was here (at the film's Napa Valley-based press conference). For me, this was four movies and the person who tethered me to the world. Viola has the great lines in all our scenes and is just amazing actress and so nice to get to know her and watch her perform. She’s very friendly and her talent is so ferocious I was glad ot sit and eat cupcakes with her. She’s missed here."
Billy Crudup: "Billy is one of my favorite actors. I’ve seen him on stage and in movies and so, one of my concerns with him playing the husband (was that) I didn’t want anybody that early in the movie to disconnect from what I was going to do. I want them to stay with me. Billy had the greatest challenge to create a marriage you believe in, and he did all these little quirky things that helped inform their relationship so you understood why they were together and it was like a magic trick. I don’t know how he did it."
Richard Jenkins: "When I went to India with Richard we had such a great time in rehearsal, but I was the most nervous. He’s so tall and talks really loud and we had the greatest time. He’s so kind in all these scenes; he presents them. It’s like surgery; it’s so precise. I just had to not get lost in that. The line (in the film) about James Taylor is where I’m not supposed to be listening and see his big eyes. It was great until the very last day, and we sat and had dinner together and became friends for life."
Javier Bardem: "Then I went off to Bali and Javier showed up and it was like deciding to get a puppy. You had everything in your house worked out and then the puppy comes and I’m way too tired for this puppy. He had all this enthusiasm and gusto and wants to do all these scenes and you go (shakes her head no), but his excitement was so contagious and each time we went to a country we got revved up for a whole new experience. I was a little terrified from 'No Country for Old Men,' and he even brought a picture from 'No Country for Old Men,' but he comes across as really comfortable. I said to him at the end, 'I thought you would be so intense and brooding and weird and you’re so sweet and funny.' He said. 'I’m not normally. I just wanted to try it once to see how it works.' I’m so glad he did."