As she prepares to turn 50, Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts speaks to Bazaar about how meeting her husband changed her life, being selective when choosing new roles, and why motherhood is more important to her than making films.
Read highlights from the interview below…
On what she was like when she was younger:
“I was my priority, a selfish little brat running around making films.”
She claims she changed after she met her husband (cinematographer Danny Moder) and becoming a mother to her two children:
“It was meeting Danny…finding my person. When I think about what makes my life my life, and makes sense and just shine inside of me, it’s him. Everything has come from that for me.”
On working on several films with her husband:
“There’s comfort there, but also terror, which is a good combination. Terror because the person I want to impress most is looking right at me.”
Insisting that most days she is a regular ‘soccer mom’ and housewife:
“If I wasn’t here today, I’d be in the carpool lane ferrying my kids to school.”
On turning 50 and preferring to look ahead rather than back:
“Too much thinking and pondering, it’s exhausting me. Because we’re still moving forward, aren’t we?”
On how she rarely pursues new roles:
“I just wait to see what comes along, as opposed to looking for it. It makes it fun and organic…there’s an almost unfair bar that a script has to attain for me to say, ‘I’m going to drop everything for this.’ Sometimes I think, ‘I’m pretending my name is Jane and I work in a bank. That’s kinda silly – I’m a grown-up woman!”
On whether she would consider giving up acting:
“Well, if I did much less, I wouldn’t be in the business at all. I was saying to my husband the other day that I haven’t worked in almost a year.”
On always being selective when choosing her roles:
“Remember why you’re doing what you’re doing. That’s your anchor. Cultivate your taste and decision making. I didn’t work for a couple of years in my twenties, because I was being offered scripts and thinking ‘Is it me or is this all just crap?’ I figured I could cover my rent and wait for something good. I’d been spoilt with some great jobs already, so I was like, ‘Why do that part with that person, when I was just doing that part with these people!”
On the gender pay gap in Hollywood:
“I put down my stone in a path that will keep going, and I’m proud of that, but I don’t feel it’s my place to bang the drum at this time. I just don’t get all crazy over things. I have a maternal approach: ‘OK, everybody settle down, we’ll figure this out.'”
On feeling content about what she has already achieved in her career:
“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, ‘OK somebody else take over, I have to go to the bathroom.’ 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.”
Read the full interview in the November issue of Harper’s Bazaar, on sale 6 October 2017.
Julia Roberts stars in ‘Wonder’, released nationwide on 1 December.