‘Gaslit’: 5 things you didn't know about Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts plays the role of Martha Mitchell in Starz’s limited series that takes a new spin on the Watergate scandal
The upcoming Starz drama 'Gaslit' promises to tell a different kind of Watergate story. Starring Oscar-winning actors Julia Roberts and Sean Penn, the drama focuses on the forgotten players and lesser-known aspects of this era-defining political scandal. 'Gaslit', which is based on the first season of Slate’s Slow Burn podcast, was created and executive produced by Robbie Pickering.
'Gaslit' focuses on the women whose stories are often forgotten in standard retellings of Watergate. Originally, Armie Hammer was also part of the cast, however, he left the project, weeks before a series of sexual misconduct and assault allegations emerged against him. Hammer has denied those allegations. Let’s meet the stellar cast of the show.
Julia Roberts is an American actress and is one of Hollywood's most bankable stars. The award-winning actress was born in Smyrna, Georgia. Her parents, Betty Lou Bredemus and Walter Grady Roberts, were also actors. Roberts loved animals, and dreamed of becoming a veterinarian one day but in school, she decided to give acting a go. Roberts is known for her leading roles in films of several genres, from romantic comedies and dramas to thrillers and action films. Many of her films have earned over $100 million at the worldwide box office. She is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, and three Golden Globe Awards. People magazine has named her the most beautiful woman in the world a record five times. Another interesting tidbit about the woman with the megawatt smile is that her smile is covered by a whopping $30 million insurance policy!
Apart from Roberts, the others in the cast are:
Sean Penn is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer. He has won two Academy Awards, for his roles in the mystery drama 'Mystic River' (2003) and the biopic 'Milk' (2008). He has also won a Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival for 'She’s So Lovely' (1997). Penn made his feature film directorial debut with 'The Indian Runner' (1991), followed by the drama film 'The Crossing Guard'(1995) and the mystery film 'The Pledge' (2001); all three were critically well-received. In addition to his film work, Penn has engaged in political and social activism.
Daniel Stevens is an English actor. He first drew international attention in the drama series 'Downton Abbey' (2010–12). He also starred in the thriller film 'The Guest' (2014), 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' (2014), 'Beauty and the Beast' (2017), 'Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga' (2020). From 2017 to 2019, he starred in the critically acclaimed FX series 'Legion'. In 2018, he starred in the Netflix horror-thriller 'Apostle'.
Betty Gilpin is an American actress best known for her role in the comedy series 'Glow' (2017–2019) for which she was nominated for three Emmys. Gilpin has appeared in films such as the mystery thriller 'True Story' (2015), and 'The Grudge'(2020). For 'The Hunt', she won a Critics' Choice Super Award for Best Actress in an Action Movie.
'Gaslit' will debut on Starz at midnight on April 24.