Julia Roberts, proud to have stopped being 'America's sweetheart' to raise her three children
Although for many she will always be America's sweetheart, Julia Roberts decided to withdraw from the spotlight to take care of her three children. The redhead who took the world by storm playing her role as Vivian in Pretty Woman, she left her days as a perennial rom-com leading lady behind her more than two decades ago. Twenty-three years have passed specifically since she starred in the last one, Runaway Bride, in 1999, but the actress with the big smile returns to the fray with Ticket to Paradise alongside her old friend and partner in Ocean's Eleven George Clooney in a film that will premiere in October.
The 54-year-old star says there's a good reason why it's been so long since she starred in her latest sitcom. "I consider myself a housewife," she says during a recent interview with The New York Times. "If I'd read a script as good as Notting Hill or as funny as My Best Friend's Wedding, I would have. But nothing good enough has come my way" to put aside his top priority: his family.
The quality of the material is not the only thing that mattered to the actress. "I've also had three kids in the last 18 years. That raises the bar even higher, because then it's not just about how good the material is, there's also the mathematical equation of my husband's work schedule, school schedule and vacations. It's not just, "oh, I think I want to do this," admitted the performer, who has been married since 2002 to cinematographer Danny Moder.
He acknowledges that the right time has come with Ticket to Paradise, written and directed by Ol Parker, in which Julia Roberts and George Clooney play a divorced couple who go to Bali to prevent their daughter from making the same mistake they did 25 years ago. years. "People sometimes misunderstand the amount of time that has passed and associate it with me not wanting to do a romantic comedy. There wasn't a chance until Ticket to Paradise came into my hands." The winner of an Oscar for Erin Brockovich considers that she is in a very sweet moment, as well as for playing the character of Martha Mitchell, the woman who caused the Watergate scandal, along with Sean Penn in the series Gaslit, which will premiere on 24 april. But if she is truly proud of something, it is that she has not worked so hard in recent years to be at home and take care of her family.
However, now that their children are older, twins Phinnaeus and Hazel, 17, will be off to college in the fall and little boy Henry, now 14, confesses he has "a sense of responsibility to show my kids how creative I can be and what's important to me. Over time I'll choose to focus on that almost more than my family, which has been hard for me to accept." "I feel a little dizzy," says the actress, referring to the fact that her children will soon leave home to go to university "I am very excited for them. It is incredible, I was not lucky enough to have a university experience. And see how they do achieve it is fascinating", recognizes the actress at the same time that she admits to being a little nervous about her children's independence.
Julia Roberts, Danny Moder and her three children currently reside in San Francisco after they left their Malibu home to move there during the pandemic. "We always felt like we were living outside of Los Angeles. I think the move has been great. I think moving with three teenagers during a pandemic is not for the faint of heart, but we've pulled it off and everyone seems to be fine and happy," says Roberts. , who will not be able to avoid missing his children a lot when they go to university next year.