Julia Roberts is dressed down and emotionally raw in Secret in Their Eyes, and she says she couldn't have done it without her husband of 13 years, cinematographer Danny Moder, who worked with her on the movie.
"We've done a number of things together, and it's always kind of nerve wracking for me because he's my husband and I want him to think I'm awesome," Julia said in a behind-the-scenes interview. "But this was a collaboration where I realized that if he hadn't been there I don't think I could have fashioned together the performance that I wanted to."
In the movie, Julia plays Jess, an investigator who lives out a parent's worst nightmare when her teenage daughter is murdered. The brutal death leads Jess, her cohort Ray (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and supervisor Claire (Nicole Kidman) on an obsessive search to bring the vicious murderer to justice.
In real life, Julia and Danny are parents to 10-year-old daughter Hazel, 10-year-old son Phinnaeus and 8-year-old son Henry, which would have given the Oscar-winning actress even more to draw from. Just in the trailer alone, Julia cycles back and forth through intense moments of grief and rage mixed in with laser-focused sleuthing, for a performance that's bound to have people talking.
But despite the heavy subject matter, the cast was able to keep things light in between takes.
"During a cast read-thru at one point somebody said something funny and we all laughed, and I said 'Does everyone realize that is our only moment of joy we will ever have together?' which ended up not being true fortunately."
The Secret in Their Eyes opens Nov. 20.