Julia Roberts frees herself from the phone at Chopard – WWD

CANES – Even superstars are camera shy. Julia Roberts felt it when she took the stage at the Chopard Trophy gala honoring Sheila Atim and Jack Lowden.

“When Caroline said there would be a little dinner after, it wasn’t what I imagined, so I feel a little sick,” she joked as all eyes – and screens – were riveted on her. “It’s not like we’re making dinner at home, but it’s beautiful to be here.”

Then, with her megawatt smile and easy charm, the actress chided onlookers to put down their phones. She was serious about her request, calling individuals one by one, until each device was face down. It was a breath of fresh air.

“So here we are in this amazing moment together. We are energetically connected to each other. This is a moment that we will all share forever,” she said, wanting to make eye contact with the audience, seated beachfront on Carlton Beach “It’s so meaningful to me.”

Roberts thanked festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux and president Pierre Lescure, as well as Chopard co-president Caroline Schuefele. “One of the things she said today is that it’s not about Chopard, it’s about cinema, which is the love of my life after my husband,” he said. she stated. Roberts had replaced the custom Louis Vuitton pantsuit she wore on the red carpet with a Dior haute couture Bar jacket and full tulle skirt by Maria Grazia Chiuri.

“I love actors and it’s such a hard job, and it’s two amazing humans doing this magic trick that makes incredibly hard things easy, so people think acting is easy. That’s our job and those two do it beautifully,” Roberts added, welcoming Atim and Lowden to the stage.

She called Atim her “rosé-loving sister” and praised Lowden’s performance in “Fighting with my Family.”

“I just know this is just one of many cherries that will be on your artistic cakes for life. And I’m your godmother now but that doesn’t mean you can call me,” she said. joked, adding, “You don’t need anything else from me because you have your wings.”

It was the first time in Cannes for ‘Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness’ star Atim. “I think it’s really wonderful to have people like Julia saying such encouraging things,” said a jubilant Atim, who said she was “quietly losing” on stage. “I know there are families in the heart of Cannes and in the heart of Chopard, and I would like to feel that I am emerging into a family,” she said, adding, “I will call you.”

“I never thought I would have a new godmother at 31 and it would be Julia Roberts; it’s still kind of surreal,” Lowden said.

Scheufele recalled the company’s 25-year relationship with the Cannes Film Festival, having been asked to reinvent the Palme d’Or all those years ago. “It’s a long story – it’s a love story,” she said.

Roberts sat flanked by Scheufele and Fremaux, as well as the jury, which also included Rebecca Hall and Noomi Rapace.

Stunned raptor in fuchsia Lanvin, chosen with stylist Rose Ford. The pair have been fitting for weeks ahead of the event to avoid any unexpected wardrobe needs during their jury duty. “It comes down to very carefully chosen looks. You have to be very precise and watch your energy because it’s a huge responsibility to be here,” she said of watching 21 movies in 12 days. “I know how hard it is to make a movie, so I really want to give my attention and focus and I totally feel like they deserve the best version of me, so I have to be very specific” with her wardrobe choices. No last minute panic here.

Edgar Ramirez starred with “Cold War” actress Joanna Kulig. “I can be with her,” he said, pointing to fellow Un Certain Regard jury member when asked what he liked about Cannes. “She’s one of my favorite actresses. It was a great experience. It’s just getting started and the chemistry is amazing,” he said. They’ll reveal their selection next week.

Atim posed with Lashana Lynch as the two helped each other adjust their long trains. Lynch, in a brilliant Dolce & Gabbana column, called out Rebecca Hall and said she “served the look” for her appearances. “Literally, it’s like the third today,” she said of Hall’s elegant pantsuit and emerald necklace.

Hall shrugged off her casual glamour, which ranged from Burberry to Gucci so far: “I don’t know, what are you going to do?”

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