Clive Owen refuses to believe rumours Hollywood star Julia Roberts is a diva - because she "couldn't have been nicer" when they worked together on new movie CLOSER.

The pair join Jude Law and Natalie Portman in the star studded MIKE NICHOLS drama - currently in post-production - and Owen admits the actress was an entirely different person to one portrayed in the press.

He says, "I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I mean, she's probably the most famous actress in the world and you hear all this stuff and read all these things, but she couldn't have been nicer to work with.

"She was so easy and there was no diva attitude at all, no big entourage of assistants and publicists. I really had a great time with her."

14/07/2004 17:20