Julia Roberts’ megawatt smile has been lighting up screens and red carpets around the world for over 20 years. But, as she tells James Watford, she’s at her happiest at home with her family.
It’s almost impossible to believe that the eternally youthful Julia Roberts – and her trademark smile – has entertained fans for over two decades. She first shone in 1988 indie hit, Mystic Pizza, before breaking hearts as a young mother battling diabetes in 1989’s Steel Magnolias, but it was the 1990 mega smash, Pretty Woman, that truly cemented Julia’s status as a bonafide Hollywood superstar.
Her role as the tart with a heart whose life is transformed by suave saviour, Richard Gere, earned Julia her first Best Actress Academy Award nomination. Despite the intensity of fame that came with Pretty Woman’s success – which occurred when she was just 23 – Julia has never succumbed to the public partying, addictions and rehab cycle so common in many young Hollywood stars today.
Of course, she experienced her fair share of high-profile relationships when she was younger, including almost marrying 24 star, Kiefer Sutherland. She dramatically called the whole thing off just three days before the wedding in 1991 when she discovered Sutherland’s alleged infidelity with a stripper. Following that she was married briefly to country crooner, Lyle Lovett, but that ended quietly in 1995. Today, Julia’s personal life rarely troubles the tabloids as most of the time she lives under the radar on her ranch in Taos, New Mexico. So, in light of her huge and ongoing success, how does she maintain the normal day-to-day existence she’s so fond of?
“I’m treated pretty normally,” she laughs, unleashing that famed grin. “I realise more and more that life is about energy, and the energy that I put out is very much a lot of the energy that I get back. We live a pretty quiet, normal life.”
The “we” she refers to is husband of nearly seven years, Danny Moder, a cameraman she met on the set of 2000 film, The Mexican, and with whom she has three young children, four year old twins, Hazel and Phinnaeus, and 18-month-old Henry. One would imagine that life at home with three kids under four is somewhat hectic. Julia laughs again, “It’s definitely a challenge! But you know, motherhood is just the best thing ever. I can’t believe I have three children! I always wanted to be a mother and I have a great mother myself. It’s the most fun thing, but yeah, it’s a difficult, tough and tiring thing too. I’m lucky that I was able to have 20 years of a career before I had my kids, so I don’t really feel torn this way and that. I feel very content to be at home, be a mom and have a very sort of simple day-to-day life.”
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