A Minute With: "Eat Pray Love" director Ryan Murphy

Thu Aug 12, 2010 2:44pm EDT
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By Courtney Hoffman

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Writer, director Ryan Murphy has built a Hollywood career making dark movies and television shows, including cosmetic surgery drama "Nip/Tuck."

But in 2009, Murphy's career kicked into high gear with the upbeat TV comedy "Glee," and now he's taken his career even higher by writing and directing mainstream, big-budget movie "Eat Pray Love," starring Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem.

Murphy spoke to Reuters about "Eat Pray Love," which is based on a best-selling book, his fast-changing career and why he may only have two more years on "Glee."

Q. You've said "Eat Pray Love" changed your life. How?

A. "I had gone through a horrible break up -- the world's worst -- and I was just sort of sad and looking for direction or something. I read this book, and I was a fan. Then I got the offer. I wrote it (the screenplay), and it forced me to sort of get out my comfort zone and travel around the world ... In my personal life I feel a sense contentment and balance. I don't think I would have gotten there without doing the movie."

Q. Did you pray?

A. "I tried to pray. I tried to be spiritual. I've always wanted to be a spiritual person, and I've failed miserably. You know I can't do yoga, I can't meditate. I have what (author Elizabeth Gilbert) calls in the book, monkey mind."

Q. How is directing a movie different than a TV series?   Continued...

<p>Actors Javier Bardem (L), Julia Roberts (2nd L), Richard Jenkins (2nd R) and executive producer Ryan Murphy pose during the launch of their movie "Eat Pray Love" in Cancun June 29, 2010. REUTERS/Gerardo Garcia</p>