Os­car-win­ning ac­tress Ju­lia Roberts gets can­did about movies and mother­hood

THE AC­TRESS GETS CAN­DID ABOUT MOVIES AND MOTHER­HOOD

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She’s the orig­i­nal rom-com queen, with clas­sics like Pretty Woman, Run­away Bride and My Best Friend’s Wed­ding turn­ing her into the star we know to­day. But while Ju­lia Roberts has barely touched the genre in years, she says she still holds them very close to her heart. ‘There came a point in my ca­reer where peo­ple thought I had turned on ro­man­tic come­dies, but I love them, I love to be in them, I love to watch them,’ the 51-year-old ex­plains. ‘But some­times, they just don’t work at a cer­tain point of life ex­pe­ri­ence.’

Af­ter tak­ing life down a notch to raise her chil­dren, the ac­tress is get­ting back into the swing of things with a string of new projects – in­clud­ing Home­com­ing, her ex­cit­ing new se­ries for Ama­zon Prime, which launches on No­vem­ber 2. But fans shouldn’t hold their breath for an­other rom-com! ‘Un­less we [play] the par­ents of the peo­ple that are rom-com-ing,’ Ju­lia jokes. ‘It’s not about age, it’s just about what peo­ple know that you know.’

#MUMLIFE

In 1990, a 23-year-old Ju­lia starred in Pretty Woman. A year later, she was the most fa­mous ac­tress in the world. But while she’s gone on to be­come Amer­ica’s beloved sweet­heart and win Golden Globes and Academy Awards, to her three kids – twins Hazel and Phin­naeus ‘Finn’, 13, and Henry, 11 – Ju­lia is sim­ply mum. ‘I don’t think they’ll ever have a true sense of [my fame],’ Ju­lia con­fesses. ‘When they were start­ing to fig­ure it out, it was like, “You’re fa­mous?” And I said, “I think a lot of peo­ple might have seen the movie that I’m in or might know who I am.” Maybe an hour goes by. “Are you more fa­mous than Tay­lor Swift?”’

NO RUN­AWAY BRIDE HERE!

Their re­la­tion­ship got off to a tu­mul­tuous start, with both al­ready part­nered up when they met on the set of The Mex­i­can in 2000. But Ju­lia and hubby Danny Moder, 49,

are still go­ing strong al­most two decades later. ‘I’m so proud of my mar­riage. We just cel­e­brated be­ing mar­ried for 16 years this Fourth of July, and there’s so much hap­pi­ness wrapped up in what we’ve found to­gether,’ the ac­tress shares of the cin­e­matog­ra­pher. ‘He’s an awe­some hu­man be­ing. We have so much fun.’

And while she may have had a bit of a thing for fa­mous men back in the day – dat­ing ’90s heart­throbs Liam Nee­son, Kiefer Suther­land, Dy­lan Mc­der­mott and Matthew Perry to name a few – Ju­lia says in Danny she ‘found her per­son’. ‘When I think about what makes my life my life, and make sense and just shine in­side of me, it’s him,’ she gushes. ‘Ev­ery­thing has come from that.’

NOT JUST A PRETTY WOMAN

For many ac­tresses, get­ting older in the pub­lic eye can prove dif­fi­cult. But Ju­lia ad­mits she’s ‘try­ing to have some peace with the age­ing process’. ‘Just real­is­ing that it’s go­ing to hap­pen

whether I like it or not,’ the star shares. ‘We all have our good days and bad days, so I think that show­ing kind­ness and gen­tle­ness to­wards our­selves is the most im­por­tant thing.’

And de­spite cel­e­brat­ing a mile­stone birth­day last year, the ac­tress says she’s never felt bet­ter. ‘I would say that my 50s are off to a good start. Be­fore my birth­day last year, Danny goes, “What should we do for your 50th?” And I said, “How about this? We have five days away with zero con­tact with the out­side world.” [But]not be­ing all to­gether with the kids… I was kind of like, “Huh. Maybe I didn’t think this all the way through.”’

How­ever, Danny had al­ready thought ahead and a few days in sur­prised Ju­lia with their kids! ‘I could burst into tears think­ing about it. They had tricked me so com­pletely,’ she says. ‘That’s what get­ting older is about – it’s about turn­ing even more into the per­son your loved ones know you to be… that was turn­ing 50 for me. It was pretty spec­tac­u­lar.’

‘I do think they are all pretty funny, and I re­ally hope they get that from me be­cause that’s what I tell ev­ery­body,’ Ju­lia says of her kids

‘Ev­ery­thing in my mind ends with an ex­cla­ma­tion point,’ she gushes

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