August Osage County premiere
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Dermot Mulroney on his special connection to the film's director

The star-studded New York premiere of “August: Osage County” at the Ziegfeld included none other than a little-known actress named Julia Roberts, who was joined by her cast Dermot Mulroney, Abigail Breslin, Chris Cooper, Margo Martindale, Julianne Nicholson and Juliette Lewis, and director John Wells.

The drama based on the Pulitzer-prize winning play was shot in 2012. “It was an election year, so we’d all get together to watch the debates,” Roberts said. “It was an exciting time to be part of politics, with Meryl (Streep) definitely leading the charge.”

Mulroney and Nicholson — who said she had “an instant connection” with her on-screen sister Roberts — both had to audition twice for their parts. Martindale said she had to audition three times. “Everybody did, except for the big stars,” she added. Cooper said “it was still a mystery” to him how he landed in the ensemble.

“John Wells and I had been neighbors, so I’m sure that gave me a leg up,” Mulroney said. “We lived across the street from each other for a couple years. I thought for sure I was a shoo-in with that connection.”

The after-party at Monarch featured an appearance by the film’s producer Harvey Weinstein.

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