JU­LIA ROBERTS

THE SU­PER­STAR MOM IS PROUD OF THE WORK-LIFE BAL­ANCE SHE FOUGHT SO HARD FOR — AND WON!

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The Pretty Wo­man star opens up about finding the right bal­ance be­tween her ca­reer and fam­ily.

In the 30 years since her break­through role in 1988’s Mys­tic Pizza, Ju­lia Roberts has been one of Hol­ly­wood’s most rec­og­niz­able stars. That’s not the case at home. When her twins, Hazel and Phin­naeus, 13, and son, Henry, 11, first started catch­ing on to the fact their mom might be some­body, “It was like, ‘You’re fa­mous?’” Ju­lia, 50, shares. “I just said, ‘A lot of peo­ple might know who I am.’ Then maybe an hour goes by. ‘Are you more fa­mous than Taylor Swift?’ ”

It only took a minute for Ju­lia to, as Taylor sings, shake it off. Af­ter all, her kids’ in­no­cence is one of her great­est achieve­ments. “She’s so proud about how un­af­fected they are by her fame,” a friend tells Closer of Ju­lia’s brood with her hus­band, cin­e­matog­ra­pher Danny Moder, 49. “They’re not spoiled or en­ti­tled, and she made quite an ef­fort to keep their lives as nor­mal as pos­si­ble to avoid that.” Her com­mit­ment to her fam­ily is un­flinch­ing. “When she had kids, she learned to be as­sertive about let­ting in­dus­try peo­ple know her work was no longer her pri­or­ity,” the friend says. “She

“I would say that my 50s are off to a good start!”

— Ju­lia

ac­tu­ally re­ceived a ton of pres­sure when she stepped back from act­ing for a while. Peo­ple even warned her it could do ir­re­versible dam­age to her ca­reer, but she didn’t care.”

That cal­cu­lated risk has more than paid off. Not only is Ju­lia’s ca­reer still thriv­ing, but it taught her an im­por­tant les­son: “To be­lieve in my­self,” says the ac­tress, who stars in the new Ama­zon se­ries Home­com­ing as well as in De­cem­ber’s big-screen re­lease Ben Is Back. “I’m a 50-year-old wo­man and I know who I am.”

FINDING HER VOICE

Self-be­lief hasn’t al­ways come eas­ily for the ac­tress. “She’s had her share of flops,” the friend ad­mits, but that taught her to trust her gut and not be afraid to fail. “She dis­cov­ered it’s OK to be vul­ner­a­ble and to re­ally put her­self out there on-screen.” Ju­lia’s work was ul­ti­mately re­warded with a best ac­tress Oscar for 2000’s Erin Brock­ovich. “Now she feels she doesn’t have any­thing to prove,” says the friend. “She knows her worth. If a role will take her away from her fam­ily too long, she just won’t take it.”

That level of free­dom is some­thing she hopes her own kids will have one day, es­pe­cially her daugh­ter. “Ju­lia wants to set an ex­am­ple for Hazel that she can do what­ever she wants in life,” the friend shares. “She doesn’t want Hazel to see any lim­i­ta­tions to be­ing a wo­man.”

An­other crown­ing achieve­ment for Ju­lia is her 16 years with Danny as hus­band and wife. “I’m so proud of my mar­riage. There’s so much hap­pi­ness wrapped up in what we’ve found to­gether,” she beams. As for the fre­quent tabloid ru­mors to the con­trary? “If they’re faced with a story at a store, they laugh about it,” the friend shares. “They’ve re­ally learned to just let it go.”

Ju­lia did the same this sum­mer when she was bar­raged with nasty com­ments af­ter her niece Emma Roberts posted a pic on so­cial me­dia of the two play­ing cards. “My feel­ings got hurt,” ad­mits Ju­lia, who was makeup-free in the shot. “I was sad peo­ple couldn’t just see the sweet­ness, the ab­so­lute joy of that photo.” Still, she re­fuses to let bul­lies steal her smile — or her in­nate op­ti­mism. “I can’t,” she says, re­veal­ing the se­cret to her strength. “I have three young chil­dren. I refuse to be scared.” — Abby Wilson

Ju­lia, who wed Danny in 2002, “re­ally is his big­gest fan,” a long­timefriend of the ac­tress tells Closer. “This is the place of my dreams,” Ju­lia raves about her work on the new se­ries Home­com­ing,in which she plays a wo­man who helps soldiers reac­cli­mate tocivil­ian life. She dealt with on­linebul­lies af­ter niece Emma Roberts posted this makeup-free pic.Ju­lia and Lu­cas Hedges co-star in Ben Is Back, about a mother who is strug­gling to ac­cept her dru­gad­dicted son.

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