Julia Roberts has, arguably, been the leading lady in Hollywood for the last 20 years. The 42-year-old Pretty Woman chats about how she still gets nervous about her film projects, including her latest: A big-screen adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling memoir, Eat, Pray, Love. Julia also opens up about traveling with her husband Danny Moder and their three kids – twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, 5 1/2, and Henry, 3 – to India, and her upcoming gig as producer for her good pal Oprah Winfrey.
When the Moder-Roberts family-of-five traveled to India for Eat, Pray, Love, the kids were excited to return to the South Asian country.
“Well, the funny thing is, they had just been in India because my husband had just been working there in January and this was in October,” Julia explains. “So, we had been in Jaunpur and Agra and all these places, Goa. We were all over the entire country. They loved it. So, when I said we were going back, they were so excited. We went to all the places we hadn’t been before.”
Some of the sights were familiar for Julia and the kids. “Actually that elephant that I had the scene with … is the elephant that Phinnaeus and I had ridden in January in Jaunpur. When I walked across the ashram and saw that elephant I said, ‘I know that elephant,’ and it was the same elephant.”
Even though she’s one of the biggest movie stars in history, Julia says that she still gets nervous. “If I’m not feeling anxious and excited and nervous, then I haven’t invested much in it and I shouldn’t be there,” she says. “So, really, I just want to put myself in a position where I am really feeling like I have to ramp up and accomplish my goals.”
Since her box-office smash in 1990’s Pretty Woman, Julia has done little small-screen work – until now. She serves as a producer of a documentary series debuting in January on Oprah Winfrey’s new cable network.
“It’s called, Extraordinary Moms,” says the mother-of-three. “It really is, for me, a celebration, a show to honor moms who I think do … I mean, every mom does amazing things every day. But we found some that really, really are extraordinary and we wanted to make a show about it. Oprah made it happen for us.”
Besides her lucrative career, what’s her next demanding project? “Get ready for kindergarten,” Julia jokes.
Eat, Pray, Love hits theaters August 13.