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Gloria Estefan reveals she turned down Julia Roberts’ role in the coming-of-age film Mystic Pizza

Gloria Estefan reveals she turned down Julia Roberts’ breakout role in the 1988 coming-of-age film Mystic Pizza

Gloria Estefan revealed she turned down the leading role in the 1988 coming-of-age film, Mystic Pizza, which was famously portrayed by a then-unknown Julia Roberts. 

During her virtual appearance on Tuesday’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, the three-time Grammy winner revealed she was first offered the iconic role.

After a fan asked the performer if she had ever passed on a song that eventually became a hit, the 63-year-old singer divulged that she was almost Daisy Araújo.   

Unexpected: Gloria Estefan revealed she turned down the leading role in the 1988 coming-of-age film, Mystic Pizza, which was famously portrayed by a then-unknown Julia Roberts

‘Not a song because I usually write most of my songs and I recorded most of them, but I will tell you a movie role I passed on – Mystic Pizza,’ she confessed, which left  Cohen stunned.  

She continued: ‘I thought, one day I will do acting but I’m not going to throw myself into this and not be good at it. So it then went to Julia Roberts, and she even had my long curly hair.’ 

The 52-year-old television host then interjected, ‘No biggie, the movie that made Julia Roberts a superstar.’

Breakout star:  Julia Roberts seen in the romantic comedy-drama as Daisy Araújo, who worked in a Connecticut pizza parlor

'It then went to Julia Roberts, and she even had my long curly hair,’ Estefan revealed of turning down the role because she wasn't 'ready'

Sharing: During her virtual appearance on Tuesday’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, the three-time Grammy winner revealed she was first offered Julia Roberts’s iconic role in Mystic Pizza

Despite the opportunity paving Roberts’ successful career on the silver screen,  Estefan told the Bravo vet she ‘would not have been ready’ for it. 

She noted it ‘was awesome’ to see how Mystic Pizza served as a launching pad for the Oscar winner, 52, who starred in Pretty Woman and Steel Magnolias just two years later. 

While the Cuban-American star is known legendary music career, she has appeared in the films Music Of The Heart (1999) and For Love Or Country: The Arturo Sandoval (2000).

Film star: Roberts' character in the critically successful cult classic was a teenage waitress, who worked for pizza parlor in Connecticut with her sister Kat and pal, Jojo Barbosa

Music icon: The star is known legendary music career, she has appeared in the films Music Of The Heart (1999) and For Love Or Country: The Arturo Sandoval (2000); seen in 2018

 Supportive: Estefan noted it ‘was awesome’ to see how Mystic Pizza served as a launching pad for the Oscar winner, 52, who starred in Pretty Woman and Steel Magnolias just two years later

Shocked: The 52-year-old television host, then, interjected, 'No biggie, the movie that made Julia Roberts a superstar'

Shocked: The 52-year-old television host, then, interjected, ‘No biggie, the movie that made Julia Roberts a superstar’

Additionally, she portrayed the mother of the late Naya Rivera’s Glee character  Santana Lopez in 2012. 

Roberts’ character in the critically successful cult classic was a teenage waitress, who worked for pizza parlor in Connecticut with her sister Kat and pal, Jojo Barbosa. 

She has since gone on to bring in nearly $3 billion at the box office with her roles in Erin Brockovich, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Eat Pray Love, Notting Hill and more.  

No regrets: Despite the opportunity paving Roberts' successful career on the silver screen, Estefan told the Bravo vet, she 'would not have been ready' for it and is supportive of Roberts' career

No regrets: Despite the opportunity paving Roberts’ successful career on the silver screen, Estefan told the Bravo vet, she ‘would not have been ready’ for it and is supportive of Roberts’ career

Launching pad: She noted it 'was awesome' to see how Mystic Pizza served as a launching pad for the Oscar winner, 52, who starred in Pretty Woman and Steel Magnolias just two years later

Launching pad: She noted it ‘was awesome’ to see how Mystic Pizza served as a launching pad for the Oscar winner, 52, who starred in Pretty Woman and Steel Magnolias just two years later

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