One of Roberts’ most iconic roles is as Vivian in 1990’s Cinderella-inspired rom-com “Pretty Woman,” alongside Richard Gere. In fact, Roberts was the reason Gere agreed to the role of Edward Lewis, after turning it down numerous times.
To try to convince him to say yes, director Garry Marshall brought Roberts to Gere’s apartment to see if they had any chemistry. “I was so mesmerized I don’t remember Garry,’ revealed Gere on the “Today” show. “I only remember this girl. We loved each other immediately. It was a nice thing. But to be honest, I didn’t know if I was doing this movie yet. She’s across from my desk, we’re getting to know each other, we’re flirty-flirty, nice-nice, it’s all going [well], and he calls up and is kind of like, ‘How’s it going?’ And I’m going, ‘Yeah, yeah…’ She’s across from the desk and she takes a piece of paper and she’s writing something on it.” It was a Post-It note, and Roberts had written, “Please say yes.” And the rest is history.