BENJAMIN BRATT: THE DAY I WALKED OUT ON JULIA

Published on: April 24, 2001

BENJAMIN BRATT never dreamed Julia Roberts would make a move on him -- and it almost cost him a chance at romance with the gorgeous superstar.

"I walked into a restaurant one night and Julia was there with a group of friends celebrating her birthday," he recalled. "The maitre d' came over and said, 'Julia Roberts would like to buy you a drink.' "

Bratt couldn't believe his luck.

"It's a restaurant that I frequent and I thought one of my friends was playing a joke on me, so I walked out without saying a word to her."

The next day he realized he'd blown the chance to date one of the world's most famous beauties.

Horrified, he wrote her a note and managed to patch things up. "The rest is history," he told David Letterman -- and the pair have been an item since 1997.