‘Eat Pray Love’ author calls Julia Roberts ``magnificent`` in film

Last Updated: Sep 27, 2010, 16:31 PM IST

London: The author of ‘Eat Pray Love’ Elizabeth Gilbert has said Julia Roberts is "magnificent" in the memoir`s big-screen adaptation.

The writer, who is portrayed by the ‘Pretty Woman’ star in the film adaptation of the bestselling book, is thrilled that the Oscar-winner adds her own touch to the character without copying her.

"She`s magnificent in it. She brings something to the movie that is entirely her own - I wrote her a letter at the beginning of the process and I said, ``Don`t feel like you have to imitate me or worry about me, I know you know how to do your job, so just fall into this role and bring out of it whatever you want to make of it`, and she took her own journey and made it uniquely hers," the Mirror quoted Elizabeth as saying at the film``s UK premiere.

Elizabeth admitted to being star-struck when she first met the Hollywood actress.

"I made a fool out of myself when I first met her. I just stared at her and said, ``You`re so pretty, you``re so pretty`` - she is exceptionally pretty," she recalled.

She was more than happy to leave the movie in the hands of director Ryan Murphy and his leading lady and take a backseat role.

"I don`t know anything about making movies so I thought I should leave them alone and let them do it. It was easy to trust that they would get it right," she added.