Julia Roberts is a treasure.


She made one fan’s dream come true at TIFF.

Kenny Santana has loved Julia Roberts since the first time he saw Pretty Woman 28 years ago.



Since Julia was at TIFF this year promoting both her new movie Ben Is Back and her new Amazon series Homecoming, Kenny decided to travel all the way from Indonesia in hopes he could see her. Maybe meet her.

During a Q&A, this moment happened:

And from Kenny’s account:

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The 1 minute plus video when @juliaroberts hugged me on stage was finally uploaded by @tiff_net on its facebook (thank you TIFF). For full video click on my bio. . So there I was, humiliating myself on stage, 28 years since the first time I saw Pretty Woman. The first movie I ever watched twice in a cinema and made me (and the entire world) fall in love with @juliaroberts. . I changed my birthday trip when I knew Julia had two projects at this year’s @tiff_net; @homecomingtv and @benisbackmovie. Got my media accreditation, secured those two screenings first, prepared my question (it changes all the time ) for Julia in case there’s an q & a with her. I was hopeless when the moderator didn’t pick me until the last minute, but the lady sitting beside me, Pauline (who took the photo -scroll after the video) said I should try again and again. So I did. Coming to the @homecomingtv alone I also asked her to take video of me in case I did manage to ask Julia the question (that’s why I didn’t bring my smartphone on stage). . So when the moderator finally picked me, I stood up, Julia saw my @beloveapparel tshirt, and I told her I waited 28 years for this, the rest is history. . When I arrived backstage she hugged me tight really. She also asked me what my name is, and I told her I flew from Indonesia, she hugged me again and told the audience “This is Kenny and he flew from Indonesia to be here tonight.” I said to her thank you for My Best Friend’s Wedding and thank you for Closer, for everything. And she took me on the stage to get our photo (and me having out of body experience) taken by the great @samesmail (I’m still waiting for the photo haha). And I also thank Mr. Esmail for bringing Julia to our homes. . Dreams do come true guys. And this one was beyond my imagination. If you knew how much I tried to meet her over the years… Also I learned another thing yesterday; if you can make another human happy, however small it might seem, just do it. Thank you for making me so happy yesterday, @juliaroberts. And all these years. Thank you.

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So what was that moment like?!

Brooksy tracked Kenny down to find out!

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Julia Roberts Made A Fan's Dream Come True at TIFF

Originally Aired: September 13, 2018

BTW, here’s that picture:


And Kenny had to update his Twitter bio:


Julia is just beyond awesome.


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