Julia Roberts and Richard Gere’s Pretty Woman Reunion Makes Us Miss the 1990s

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Julia Roberts and Richard Gere reunited with their Pretty Woman costars and director Garry Marshall for the Today show  Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire

This is big. Huge, even. In honor of the 25th anniversary of Pretty Woman, Matt Lauer and the Today show reunited the cast of the now-classic 1990 rom-com for a special interview airing Tuesday, March 24.

Leading lady Julia Roberts (Vivian Ward) and her former on-screen Prince Charming Richard Gere (Edward Lewis) met up with costars Laura San Giacomo (Kit De Luca) and Hector Elizondo (Barney Thompson) for a sit-down with Lauer and director Garry Marshall. As teased in a preview of the exclusive reunion, there was a lot of hugging, kissing, and catching up.

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Garry Marshall, Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire

"It was wild," Lauer told his Today co-hosts on Wednesday, March 18. "And we did the whole thing, just to keep in the mood of the movie, in a bathtub, with the bubbles. It was fantastic." 

Pretty Woman hit theaters in 1990, earning Roberts — then just breaking out with movies including Mystic Pizza and Steel Magnolias — her second Oscar nomination (and first for Best Actress in a Leading Role). Today it's considered one of the quintessential romantic comedies. 

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Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in a scene from the film 'Pretty Woman', 1990. Buena Vista/Getty Images

The film starred a 22-year-old Roberts as a hooker with a heart of gold who falls in love with Gere's obscenely wealthy businessman after he hires her to be his escort at various social events for a week. It was their first film together; they also costarred in the 1999 romantic comedy Runaway Bride.

Last year, Roberts revealed to Lauer that most fans who approach her cite the movie as their favorite from her career. "I kinda go, 'Another decade? Anything a little closer?'" she joked.

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