Julia Roberts, Sissy Spacek Co-Star In ‘Homecoming’

TORONTO (AP) — Julia Roberts and Sissy Spacek, two big-smiling big-screen legends, were remembering the first time they met.

It was when Roberts, then 13, took a trip to New York to visit her older brother, the actor Eric Roberts, who was making 1981’s “Raggedy Man” with Spacek and her husband, the production designer Jack Fisk.

“I always claimed her,” Spacek said in her bright Texas accent in an interview in September alongside Roberts. “I knew her when she was 13! She was part mine! Lo and behold you are!”

That their reunion, many decades later, comes on the small screen speaks to how much has changed in the intervening years. The Amazon series “Homecoming,” a psychological thriller directed by Sam Esmail (“Mr. Robot”), has drawn plenty of attention because it it’s the first foray into scripted television by Roberts, the megawatt epitome of a movie star if ever there was one. Roberts stars in the series, which premieres Friday, and Spacek plays her mother.

As long ago as it was, their background together proved helpful.

“Thank goodness I met Sissy when I was 13 because when she came in we all had to pinch ourselves,” Roberts says, to which Spacek groans: “Oh come on!”

“It is awful to talk like this in front of a person, but it has to be done,” Roberts continues, undeterred. “You do sit there at a certain point like, ‘Oh God, that’s Sissy Spacek right next to me.’ Fortunately, the first scene we did on the couch, I don’t ever look at her.”

The two burst out laughing and a pair of the most infectious cackles you’ve ever heard echo around the room.

“She’s being very gracious,” says Spacek.

“I’m just being honest,” retorts Roberts.