Julia Roberts, 50, follows up last year’s Money Monster with the uplifting drama Wonder (Nov. 17), based on the New York Times bestseller. She plays the mother of a bright fifth-grader with Treacher Collins syndrome, a disease that causes facial abnormalities. The son (Jacob Tremblay of Room) is attending a mainstream school for the first time. Here are five things to know about the Academy Award winner.
She tried out for a role on All My Children in 1984 but lost the part to Melissa Leo. An accomplished equestrienne, she did her own riding in Runaway Bride. She converted to Hinduism after filming Eat Pray Love. Roberts has made just one movie— Blood Red (1989)—with brother Eric Roberts. A longtime fan of the Dave Matthews Band, she appeared in their music video for “Dreamgirl” in 2005.