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Sunday 23 November 2014

Julia Roberts' patience pays off

Julia Roberts stars in Fireflies In The Garden
Julia Roberts stars in Fireflies In The Garden

Julia Roberts' patience with Fireflies In The Garden finally paid off, as the long-awaited film enjoyed its premiere in the US.

Stars of the drama including Hayden Panettiere and Carrie-Anne Moss were reunited at the Pacific Theatre in The Grove, Hollywood, after a four-year wait.

"A moment like this takes patience and effort. I'm happy to be here. Making a small film is harder than it used to be," the 43-year-old actress, looking glam in a black dress and matching satin blazer, told Entertainment Tonight.

Hayden - wearing a delicately off-the-shoulder gown - admitted it was "wild" to be reunited with the cast after so long.

"We went to the Berlin Film festival [in 2008] with it and walked the red carpet there, and the fact that we're here now celebrating its opening is really cool. It's a walk through the past," added the 22-year-old.

The film was shot in 2007, and while it was released internationally, its intended 2008 release in its home country was put on hold after a production company closed.

Told in flashbacks, Fireflies In The Garden follows Ryan Reynolds - who wasn't at the premiere - as a young novelist who returns to his hometown for a family reunion 17 years after his mother (played by Julia) was killed in a tragic accident.

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