‘I was a selfish brat’: Julia Roberts on life before motherhood

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Carolyn Tate

Julia Roberts will turn 50 this month, which is confronting for those of us who grew up watching her in movies like Steel Magnolias, Pretty Woman and Flatliners.

Of course she looks as amazing as ever, with her trademark long tousled hair and mega-watt smile, but she told Harper’s Bazaar UK she is definitely not the same person on the inside.

A lot has changed about Julia, she said, and it’s all thanks to her husband cinematographer Danny Moder and becoming a mum.

“It was meeting Danny…finding my person,” she said.

“When I think about what makes my life my life, and makes sense and just shine inside me, it’s him. Everything has come from that for me.”

Roberts admits that wasn’t always the case. She was working as an actor from the age of 20, and says her younger self had a different outlook. “I was my priority,” she said. “A selfish little brat running around making films.”

The Hollywood star’s twins Hazel and Phinnaeus are now 12 and son Henry is ten-years-old.

Now her life is full of every day parenting activities.

“If I wasn’t here today, I’d be in the carpool lane ferrying my kids to school,” she said during the interview.

Roberts is comfortable in her life and ready to turn 50.

“Deep down, we all know you can’t stand on the top point of a pinnacle on your tiptoes, and not at some point lose your balance, or get tired, or say, ‘Okay, somebody else take over, I have to go to the bathroom,'” she said.

“There are great things I’ve accomplished and I’d be happy to accomplish more, of course, to impress my children and my husband. But you know what? I’ve been spoilt already.”

 

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