Julia Roberts was just 23-years-old when she burst onto the scene as lovable prostitute Vivianne in the blockbuster film and as she maintains her spot at the top of Hollywood’s acting elite she barely looks to have aged a day, let alone three decades.
But more than marvelling at her appearance we love the mum-of-three’s attitude to getting older and embracing her family of five.
“The 50 bit is just a number – it really is,” she said when she turned the big 5-0. “What you do before and after that birthday pays no attention to age, so why should I?”
In fact she insists she’s completely ok with being in the midst of mid-life and has accepted it’s just something that can’t be avoided.
“Trying to have some peace with the ageing process,” she says of how she deals with it. “Just realising that it’s going to happen whether I like it or not.”
Which is why she takes every birthday by the horns and refuses to see them in any light other than a positive one.
“I always love my birthday,” Julia claims. “I celebrate with open arms and gratitude.”
It might be easy to peg Julia’s positivity on her being a glamorous Hollywood star, with a style team on hand, but she’s the first to admit “it takes a village” to prep for a red carpet or magazine shoot and says she’s been at the receiving end of negative comments regarding her age and looks.
Just last year her niece, actress Emma Roberts, posted a photo on Instagram of her playing cards with her aunt Julia at the kitchen table.
But rather than fans focusing on the happiness depicted in the family snapshot she was faced with an onslaught of harsh comments criticizing her natural look.
“The number of people who felt absolutely required to talk about how terrible I looked in the picture—that I’m not ageing well, that I look like a man, why would she even post a picture like this when I look that terrible! I was amazed at how that made me feel,” she admits.
“I know who I am, and still my feelings got hurt. I was sad that people couldn’t see the point of it, the sweetness of it, the absolute shining joy of that photo.”
Although her thriving career continues to excite and inspire her, Julia is also crazy for her husband of 16 years Danny Moder and their three children, 14-year-old twins Hazel, 14, and Phinneus and 11-year-old Henry.
Julia has compared juggling motherhood and a career to falling out of a tree.
“Sometimes it’s smooth as silk, and sometimes you feel like you’re just hitting all the branches on the way down,” she confesses.
But she still recognises how privileged she is to be able to pick and choose the jobs she takes so that she can be with her family while many other women are not afforded that luxury.
“Those mothers are my real-life heroes,” she says. “And they include my girlfriends, who do this with joy and grace and with full-time jobs. I don’t have to worry about it and I’m grateful for that.”