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Roberts calls 'Osage' her best acting experience

Julia Roberts arrives at the premiere of "August: Osage County" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)Julia Roberts arrives at the premiere of "August: Osage County" on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

TORONTO (AP) — An exuberant Julia Roberts calls working on her latest film, "August: Osage County," ''the best acting experience of my life."

The actress was bubbling with enthusiasm the day after the highly anticipated adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. In the film, Roberts plays the eldest daughter of a brutally honest matriarch, played by Meryl Streep.

Actress Julia Roberts poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the film "August, Osage County " during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)Actress Julia Roberts poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the film "August, Osage County " during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

"I've never worked so hard in my life — and I've given birth to three children," Roberts told reporters Tuesday.

The large cast lived near the on-location set in Oklahoma, devoting themselves to capturing Letts' dialogue. The film, to be released Dec. 25, drew mixed reviews at the festival but praise for its performances.