• George Clooney and Julia Roberts were mostly laughing while filming the kiss scene
  • Roberts and Clooney have previously worked together in many movies
  • Clooney and his family saved her from "complete loneliness" in Australia: Roberts

Julia Roberts and George Clooney could not stop laughing about the amount of time it took them to perfect a kiss for their upcoming movie, "Ticket to Paradise."

The two actors, who are also longtime friends, told The New York Times that it took "like, six months" to finish a single kiss between their characters.

In the movie, Clooney, 61, and Roberts, 54, play divorced parents who team up to prevent their daughter (Kaitlyn Dever) from rushing into marriage with a Balinese local.

"Yeah. I told my wife, 'It took 80 takes,'" Clooney said in the article published Monday. "She was like, 'What the hell?'"

Filming the kiss turned out to be so funny for the co-stars because of their deep friendship. Prior to "Ticket to Paradise," they worked together in the films -- "Ocean's Eleven," "Ocean's Twelve," "Money Monster" and "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind."

"We have a friendship that people are aware of, and we're going into it as this divorced couple. Half of America probably thinks we are divorced, so we have that going for us," Roberts said. She continued, "It took 79 takes of us laughing and then the one take of us kissing."

Roberts also told the outlet how Clooney and his family saved her from "complete loneliness" while filming the movie in Australia. For the duration of the shoot, she stayed in a home by herself while Clooney, his wife Amal and their kids rented a house nearby.

"The Clooneys saved me from complete loneliness and despair. We were in a bubble, and it's the longest I've ever been away from my family. I don't think I've spent that much time by myself since I was 25," Roberts explained.

"Ticket To Paradise" was forced to pause production in January due to the rising COVID-19 cases in Queensland. Deadline reported that some members of the cast and crew were affected by the virus at the time.

In May, Roberts revealed her thoughts about the movie and about working with Clooney as her leading man.

"I think it's so funny and George is so funny and George and I together, it's probably going to be terrible because there's too much potential for it to be great, it'll just implode on it itself. I think that should be the commercial for the movie: 'It's probably going to be terrible,'" she said with a laugh in an interview with Variety.

"Ticket To Paradise" is slated to release in theaters in October.

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Julia Roberts complimented for her "Pretty Woman" work. In Picture: Julia Roberts speaks onstage during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. Getty Images/Kevin Winter