Candid confessions. Julia Roberts spilled about how becoming a mother has changed her outlook on life.
After meeting Danny Moder on the set of The Mexican in 2000, the couple started dating and tied the knot two years later. In 2004, Roberts gave birth to twins, daughter Hazel and son Phinnaeus. The couple expanded their family again three years later with their son Henry.
The Mystical Pizza star later reflected on how motherhood inspired a step back from acting. “It wasn’t by design,” she told The New York Times in 2017. “As much as not finding something I was interested in. I was surprised at how quickly the years seemed to go by.”
The Georgia resident added: “It’s also the mathematical equation of my husband’s work schedule and the kids’ school schedule and summer vacation. It’s not just, Oh, I think I want to do this. I am very proud to be at home with my family and consider myself a housewife.”
A source later said Us Weekly that Roberts’ children were her top priority, saying, “Julia just loves watching [Danny] with the kids. It fills her heart and makes her love him even more.”
As her children grew older, Ticket to paradise star remembered the moment she realized she wanted to be a mother. “I met [Danny] when I was ready,” she told Today in October 2022. “And then we’ll call these kids into our lives when we’re ready to be the best partner with them.”
For the Academy Award winner, growing her family brought its own challenges. “Sometimes I’m gripped by the fear of blowing it up,” Roberts admitted at the time. “And sometimes I’ve just said to my kids, ‘So today, me as a mom? Can we just take that off the board, because I screwed up.’
That same month, the eat pray love star praised her strong bond with her husband for enriching her life. “[Writing handwritten notes is] something Danny and I have always done,” Roberts continued CBS Sunday morning. “I still have the first letter he ever wrote to me, which was seven pages long. One day I’ll show it to [my daughter] Hazel and say, ‘That’s what you’re looking for.’”
The Beautiful woman star noted that her youngest had become her “breakfast buddy”, while her daughter was a “one-of-a-kind” girl. “I always think they all look like me, and then Danny comes home from work and I’m like, ‘Oh, you, that’s what they look like,'” Roberts joked.
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