Julia Roberts has opened up about using her star power to get projects off the ground and says she takes joy in being able to get projects over the hump.

The 50-year-old actress, who has her first leading role on television in the new Amazon Prime series Homecoming, said: "There's something that makes me really joyful when I believe in something and I love it so much, if it is in a place of not being able to get over that hump to go, that if I can push that.

"It makes me feel really proud, because if I want to do it, it has to get to that next level."

"I think in terms of my pride, my proudest, happiest moment of feeling that way was doing a play on Broadway a number of years ago.

"When I was a young person my dad took me to the theatre all the time, and I thought it was so special and how many people came up to me after the play and said 'I've never seen a play on Broadway before and I never would have come if it weren't for you'.

"That was when I felt the happiest, that I had brought people to something that I thought was so special." 

Homecoming is based on Eli Horowitz, and Micah Bloomberg's popular serialized audio podcast and stars Julia as a small-town waitress, Heidi, who left her previous employment as a caseworker at a titular agency which helps soldiers rejoin civilian life.

The upcoming show also stars Bobby Cannavale, Stephan James, Sissy Spacek, Alex Karpovsky, Shea Whigham and Jeremy Allen White, and is set to be released on Amazon Prime Video on November 2..