Julia Roberts was on Oprah today to promote her new movie Charlotte’s Web where Julia is the voice of Charlotte the spider. During her interview Julia talked about motherhood, and her twins with husband Danny Moder – Hazel and Phinnaeus who turned two years old today:
"I just love them. They’re fun and happy and honest and just fill me with so much joy," Julia says.
"I guess I didn’t realize that you could really just like your children as much as your friends, you know? I just enjoy interacting with them," Julia says. "I’m interested in their point of view."
Since becoming a mother, Julia says she’s changed. "I definitely feel that I’ve expanded as a human being," she says. "I have more empathy and more compassion, I think, because I feel so blessed on a level that I can’t even wrap my mind around really."
Now that she’s a mother, Julia also says she can better appreciate her own mom, Betty. "I try to call her with more regularity because I think, ‘God, what if Hazel didn’t call me for two weeks?’" she says. "I’m able to see her mothering now from a different vantage point."
Julia also says being a mom has made her think more critically about global issues. She was recently featured on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine as part of the "Green Team," along with George Clooney, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Al Gore, to promote environmental awareness. "It’s motherhood really urging my consciousness along into different places," she says. "What is the world going to be like for all of our children?"
Julia and her husband, cameraman Danny Moder, married four years ago at a Fourth of July party that turned into a surprise wedding. Julia says they’re more in love today than ever. "I just love him to bits," Julia says. "He’s just a great human being. And to see him now as a father—that is the greatest thrill of my life, is watching him be a father to my children."
Julia says Danny is "totally involved" with raising the twins. "He is our rock, our heart center of our family," Julia says.
In fact, Danny is the biggest thing Julia says she has in common with her son. "He is as in love with Danny as I am. So Danny walks in the house and we’re pushing each other out of the way to get to him first," Julia says. "I love to have someone on the planet who understands how I feel when Danny walks in the door."