Note to self: no one, not even Academy Award winner Julia Roberts, is exempt from waiting in a brunch line. When the A-lister walked into local Winnipeg breakfast joint Falafel Place on Father’s Day this weekend with her husband Daniel Moder and their three kids, she was told (like anybody else) to take a walk and come back in 30 minutes.
Yup, Julia was Pretty Womaned again.
Rather than leave and return with a big hat, dark sunglasses and a whole lot of attitude, Roberts did exactly what the owner asked of her and was seated without fuss after half an hour. Apparently owner Ami Hassan didn’t even know who Roberts was.
“I opened the door. I said, ‘Good morning everybody.’ I said, ‘We are quite full right now, but if you guys want to go for a walk for half an hour I promise you that when you will be back and I’ll get you a table,'” he told CBC. Even after a member of staff told him not to turn the family away, Hassan still had no clue who he had told to take a walk.
“I said, ‘What are you talking about? She’s just a regular person.’ He said, ‘No, she’s a famous lady from Hollywood.’ Meantime, she walks out, comes back a half an hour later, I sit them down, I still don’t know who they are,” he said.
Hassan also shared that the restaurant quieted for about 20 minutes after Roberts came in and the actress ordered a muffin and a falafel.
“Very nice person, and her husband. They were very quiet, the children never said anything. I think they were shocked,” Hassan added.
Other locals have reported seeing Roberts out and about in Winnipeg over the past few days and her next project is a film adaptation of the British novel Little Bee, which she’s co-producing with writer Kathleen Robertson, who happens to be Canadian. Though Robertson now calls L.A. home, is it possible she and Roberts are scouting out filming locations back in her home and native land?
Not likely. She was in the Peg visiting her hubby, who, according to the Winnipeg Free Press, is the DOP for the Sean Penn-directed drama Flag Day that’s filming in town.
Either way, it’s nice to see the likes of Julia Roberts hanging out amongst normal non-celebs in Canada. We’ll try to remember this brunch anecdote the next time we’re waiting 75 minutes for an eggs Benny.