07/25/2008 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Dominic West On Working With Julia Roberts: "No One Seemed To Enjoy It"

Dominic West, the underappreciated lead of the HBO show "The Wire", gave an interview to today's London's "Guardian" (the fifth season is about to debut in the UK) and talked about working with Hollywood actresses Renee Zellweger (he implies she doesn't eat) and Julia Roberts.

On his role opposite Julia Roberts in "Mona Lisa Smile":

"The movie didn't make much sense. We would be given new scenes to film out of the blue which, it transpired, had been written by Julia's agent, who was doubling as a producer," he says. "I don't know what anyone was doing there. No one seemed to enjoy it. Especially not Julia. She had just got married and just wanted to be off having sex with her husband. Trouble was, she had married the cameraman on the movie. You can't really relax in a sex scene when the husband is staring right at you."

On costarring in "Chicago" opposite Renée Zellweger:

"I learned a lot from working with her," he said. "She was so tough. I would hear the director say, 'Cut' and then wait for instructions; she would demand another 15 takes until she was absolutely happy with the scene. These leading ladies have it tough: they have to be girly enough to remain attractive but retain a steeliness to get their own way too. Plus, they seem to starve themselves all day to stay in shape."

Read the whole interview here. Below is a photo of Dominic with Renee Zellweger in Chicago, before her character Roxie Hart killed his Fred Casely.