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Not another chick flick?

Julia Roberts does not want her new film to put off men, she thinks strong female films have a message for everyone

REUTERS , Los Angeles

AFTER `PRETTY WOMAN'

The Georgia-born actress said she made a stand after taking the world by storm with her breakout success in the 1990 film Pretty Woman, and decided to choose her roles carefully.

"After Pretty Woman and the success of that movie, just a lot of scripts that I read, I felt were really uninteresting and sort of tedious and not well-written, fully realized parts," Roberts said.

"I started just passing on everything, and what started off as just me thinking, well, I'll just wait for something good, turned into an over-two-year wait," she says.

The next film turned out to be Alan Pakula's The Pelican Brief in 1993. "It was a great reintroduction into movies," said the actress, who has starred in many films since then, a few of them clinkers, but went on to earn an Oscar for her performance as a crusading legal assistant in the 2000 film, Erin Brockovich.

Roberts, who has said she would like to soon have a child, said she finds juggling career and marriage relatively easy.

"In my experience, there's a real ease to it. But I think that's in part because I've been able to have a lot of great career opportunities and have been able to build on them over a long period of time. So the kind of attention, maintenance and focus that I give to my career, as it were, can be sporadic and of my choosing," she said.

"I'm very fortunate and I can really devote myself to my family," she said.

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