Julia Roberts says men don’t care what you look like naked

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Julia Roberts maybe-probably gave a short interview to Star Magazine this week. Most of the questions are regurgitated from other interviews – Julia talks about eating eight slices of pizza in an hour, and how she gained ten whole pounds while filming in Italy, which we’ve heard before. But there were a few questions that I found very interesting:

Q: Did you jump at this role in Eat, Pray, Love?
Not at first, I’m a mother of three young children, and this was a huge workload. It wasn’t just driving to Sony three days a week to shoot on a soundstage. It was shooting around the world – I didn’t know if I could commit my family.

Q: Did you have to go through something like this to find yourself?
I wasn’t searching in the same urgent, persistant way as Liz did, but I definitely knew my life needed to evolve until I found a place I wanted to live in forever – which is the home I have now. So I related to her searching and her perseverance. And now? It’s great to finally be there.

Q: Do you agree with your character, who says how you look naked doesn’t mean anything?
Absolutely. Men don’t care what a woman looks like naked. It’s more about, ‘There’s a naked woman here with me.’ And anyway, that’s what dimmer switches were made for!

[From Star Magazine, print edition]

I don’t really know what to think about that last one. I’ve met some men who cared very deeply about what I looked like naked, and others, not so much. I guess I’ve never thought about it in those “Men don’t care what a woman looks like naked” terms, though. Seems a rather sweeping generalization, although it probably is true for most men. I think a better generalization might be: “Men will always think you look better naked than whatever crazy, neurotic sh-t is playing out in your head.”

By the way, these photos are from Julia entering the Ed Sullivan theatre the other day, on her way to see Letterman. LaineyGossip has the coverage of Julia’s appearance here. Oh, and I want her jeans so much.

Julia Roberts seemed to be in great spirits as she made her way to a visit on The Late Show With David Letterman in New York City, New York on August 4, 2010. The 'Eat, Pray, Love' actress wore her usual classic black, but carried a very bright handbag that looked like a piece she may have picked up during her travels for the movie. Roberts divulged that her children traveled with her as she shot on many exotic locations for the film. Fame Pictures, Inc

43265, NEW YORK, NEW YORK - Wednesday August 4, 2010. A casually dressed Julia Roberts promotes her latest film Eat, Pray, Love on the Late Show with David Letterman at CBS studios in NYC. Photograph:  Darla Khazei, PacificCoastNews.com

Julia Roberts seemed to be in great spirits as she made her way to a visit on The Late Show With David Letterman in New York City, New York on August 4, 2010. The 'Eat, Pray, Love' actress wore her usual classic black, but carried a very bright handbag that looked like a piece she may have picked up during her travels for the movie. Roberts divulged that her children traveled with her as she shot on many exotic locations for the film. Fame Pictures, Inc

Julia on August 4, 2010. Credit: WENN.

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  1. Jennay says:

    YES, am loving the jeans!

  2. Rosanna says:

    They care what you look like BEFORE you get naked. But once you actually get naked, they don’t care about it LOL

  3. guesty says:

    what’s going on in the knee area…zippers? or possibly a folding crease or maybe a spanx situation…very distracting.

  4. Amy says:

    I think she has a point. It definitely matters when a man is looking at a picture or video of a woman, but in person and in the moment… they aren’t scrutinizing every faded stretch mark on your thighs.

  5. denise says:

    Of course a man cares about what you look like naked. I mean a man who loves you will love you regardless, but it does’nt mean he will be turned on by you if you completely let yourself go.

  6. Molly says:

    I agree with her, at least in my experience. I think women obsess about little details about their bodies, like “oh, no, I have cellulite! Now this guy will never sleep with me!” and the guys are like “BOOBS!”

  7. Lenore says:

    “Julia Roberts says men don’t care what you look like naked WHEN YOU’RE A MULTIMILLIONAIRE.”

    Fixed it for ya.

  8. Iris says:

    what she means to say is, men don’t care what SHE looks like naked, despite her own body insecurities.

    now if she were 50lbs overweight, men would probably care.

  9. Kazoo81 says:

    love the jeans also! any idea what brand?

    i like her hair redder. her bag is…interesting.

    and i disagree about her comment. maybe i just know really shallow men, but they’ve all cared about what a woman looked like naked. however, i will say that i think everyone (men & women) is more aware of their perceived flaws than other people. like, you could be worried that your boobs are saggy, but a guy loves them because they’re big.

  10. Heaven-bound says:

    @ Lenore- LOL

  11. Kiska says:

    Men do CARE what you look like naked. Again, she has never been overweight so she is simply running off at the mouth.

  12. lena says:

    @ Kiska….I don’t think it matters what size someone is for a man to care what you look like naked. :-)

  13. Praise St. Angie! says:

    guesty, I noticed that too…I thought it looked like she’s wearing something under them, too.

    do people wear spanx under jeans?

    regarding her quote, I think Amy and Molly have right. they DO care, to a certain extent, but women are always more critical of their bodies than a man would be when they’re in bed. I’ve read countless “from a man’s perspective” things in women’s mags, and several men have said this.

    they don’t want to see a little pudge and cellulite in a Playboy spread, but they don’t care very much if you’ve got a few stretch marks when they’ve got you naked and sexing it up. what’s sexy to them is the whole confidence thing.

  14. artista says:

    perfect call Lenore. Is Julia that out of touch. What’s the divorce rate again? But no, men don’t care.

  15. MaiGirl says:

    I think that there is a huge difference between what a man says and what he does–I mean, part of masculinity as we manifest it currently is a spirit of competition and one-upsmanship. Not just landing hot chicks, but the HOTTEST chicks seems to be a goal of a lot of men, especially young men. But, just as one’s standards change between 10pm and 2am, the fantasy eventually meets the reality. Do men care about how we look naked? Sure! Just not enough to turn down sexual opportunities when they knock. And trust, when they tell their buddies what happened, you will sound at least 50% hotter than you actually are! :D

  16. YeaRight!!! says:

    Danny of course didn’t care what she looked like naked or dressed, he just cared about the size of her bank account, and her power in hollywood!

    She paid a pretty penny for him, that’s for sure!

    Now he’s been reduced to playing DaNANNY, and being her errand boy…while she’s back to playing movie star.

  17. curegirl0421 says:

    I can absolutely confirm that although I obsess about my body (unfortunately – a bad habit I’m trying to break), my boyfriend totally does not even care about any of the supposed “imperfections”. He’s pretty much just thinking “Yay! Boobs and sexy times!” (I should clarify – I’m definitely considered plus size by modern definitions.)

    Count on it.

    Here’s a good clarification… MEN don’t care what a woman looks like naked. Immature boys with something to prove to their friends (or themselves) totally do.

  18. Delta Juliet says:

    Men DO care what you look like naked. But they want to have sex regardless.

  19. ligeia says:

    women care a hell of a lot more what they (and especially other females) look like naked. most guys are just happy to get some action and don’t care if you have a few bumps or stretch marks here and there. women on the other hand will point out every microscopic flaw with your body in attempts to feel better about their own. it’s sad.

  20. GatsbyGal says:

    I think men are just as concerned about what THEY look like naked, too. I think they get a little paranoid that women are only interested in smooth, rippling abs, and they’re nervous that we’ll be repulsed by their fuzzy chest or belly. So I’m sure that while women are thinking “Oh god, is he noticing the celulite on my ass?”, men are thinking “Oh god, is she noticing my lovehandles?”

  21. Sumodo1 says:

    She’s got Spanx on like everybody else to control the muffin top over the lowrise jeans. Twins and a single birth, people!

  22. mikeyangel says:

    In my experience my husband certainly loves me no matter what I look like but I gained 50 pounds after I quit smoking then we got married, moved into our own place and I started cooking for us (all in back to back sequence) and even though he doesn’t act like he cares, I can tell a difference.

    It is kind of like saying a woman doesn’t care how big a man’s d*ck is! It may not be a deal breaker, but we certainly care, don’t we ladies?

  23. Missfit says:

    That’s true, if a guy wants to tap that, he won’t care how you look, as long as he gets off, no matter if you are his type…to his liking or not. Of coarse the truth SHOULD BE that if a guy loves you, he will love you no matter what, but that’s bullshit. Cause even if you are with a guy and he doesn’t literally tell you to your face “you’re too fat” or not and he tells you that you ARE beautiful and look good and fine…how are we to know if he’s being honest or just saying that cause it’s something we want to hear? That’s why I don’t believe in alot of the compliments people tell me. Yet, most of the time, another truth is, alot of women like to look good for their guy, you know. I once knew this friend who would work out, pedicures, hair done, she was high maintenance and her dude STILL cheated on her. So if a man will cheat on you, he will, no matter how “good” you look naked. My ex left me for someone so much bigger, so, is it always about the looks? Who fucken knows anymore, cause it’s confusing to know. We are our own worst critics. I try to look my best for my man, I like to be good at hygiene, fix my hair, makeup, try to dress cute, smell good with lotions and perfume. And some guys DO like some big girls and some don’t. Some want a girl to look “good and hot” no matter if she’s a whore instead of being with a good woman who isn’t as “hot” (in their standards). But if guys are going to be guys, they will be guys…even if it’s looking up that damn porn, some dudes don’t make any sense at all.

  24. She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named says:

    @YeaRight: “Danny of course didn’t care what she looked like naked or dressed, he just cared about the size of her bank account, and her power in hollywood!

    She paid a pretty penny for him, that’s for sure!

    Now he’s been reduced to playing DaNANNY, and being her errand boy…while she’s back to playing movie star.”

    Sounds exactly like what men have been doing to women for ages. Relegated to nanny and errand girl… Glorified prostitution? I guess it depends on how you feel about yourself and how you’re treated. Hopefully she treats him well and as an equal.

  25. RHONYC says:

    “I’m a mother of three young children….It was shooting around the world – I didn’t know if I could commit my family.”

    man. angelina makes all these other b%tches look like p&ssies, huh?.

    lmao! :-)

  26. Victoria says:

    @Lenore: wha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!! Hysterical!!!

  27. danielle says:

    Molly, I’m with you. I think we’re beating ourselves up over 10 extra pounds and the truth is we look more fun in 3D then the models look in 1D, lol. But yeah, I think we’re talking about a few extra pounds – a few hundred extra pounds might be a different matter.

  28. John says:

    Men do care what you look like naked. An overweight woman with fat rolls is definitely a turn off.

  29. mAnDa3 says:

    I will be seeing this movie when it comes out. Ive read the book already. I love her jeans! She is very cute in that outfit. She needed a couple of pounds I think she looks great. My man says he doesn’t care what women look like, but I look at his ex, only comparitively speaking,she is way less of a woman. No big head here. Really. Just being honost. And then its the way that my man thinks of himself that makes me think he is full of bs when he says i love your body I don’t want anything to change.

  30. bellaluna says:

    I must be the luckiest woman in the world, because my hubby and I are honest with each other about the weight thing. We have both fluctuated due to the typical things: job stress; unemployment; injuries; junk-food cravings; late-night eating; and baby weight. But we TALK. If I ask him how he feels about my body, he tells me the truth. I do the same for him. You know what I’ve found? We are BOTH harder on ourselves than the other. How refreshing, no? God, I love my man!

  31. bellaluna says:

    About the jeans -

    I can honestly say I’ve never worn Spanx under jeans. Since I refuse to be seen with “muffin-top” I wear jeans that actually fit.

    I think JR’s jeans may be the kind that zip off into shorts. Otherwise, I don’t understand the situation she’s got going on there.

  32. flourpot says:

    I don’t know what Spanx and I’m feeling lazy enough to not bother looking it up. It looks like hanger marks, is all.

  33. Mrs Odie 2 says:

    I know my husband thinks my cellulite is unattractive, but he would rather be having sex with me than not, so he overlooks it. So I agree with Julia if she means the man who’s already going to sleep with you. My husband has gained some weight and I don’t like how it looks, but it doesn’t mean I don’t desire him sexually. It just means I’ve seen him look better.

    But like someone else said, objectively, when looking at pictures, they care what the woman looks like. My husband is like, “Ew, that chick is too bony and skinny!” But if he were single and she were about to have sex with him, he wouldn’t give a fig that she was too skinny.

  34. truthSF says:

    John:
    Men do care what you look like naked. An overweight woman with fat rolls is definitely a turn off.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Maybe for some men, but there are chubby chasers who would find those types of women the sexiest women in the world.

    That’s a definite fact if you were to go to some countries, where girls have food shoved down their throats to make them nice and big when they become an adult. Because that’s the only size men in that country are interested in.

    And if your thin or average size, you are looked down upon.

  35. Cruisin Through says:

    I’ve never been a big fan of hers, but she does sound more down to earth and not like such a smug bitch lately.

  36. Kloops says:

    I think she means if a man is attracted to you with your clothes on he’s going to be even more so when you’re nude. It’s not that all men are attracted to all nude women but he’s into you clothed, he’ll plenty pleased when you disrobe.

  37. Bella Bella says:

    @Lenore- lol, exactly!

  38. BethL says:

    Just for future knowledge, A-listers don’t talk to tabloids. Only reality stars and c/d-listers do. When a tabloid says they interviewed a major celebrity, it means it came from a junket or stood next to somebody on the redcarpet who actually did the interview.

    I think people are focusing too much on the first part of the quote and not on the second part which is “It’s more about, ‘There’s a naked woman here with me”. I think her point was a turned on guy dying to have sex is not going to care about stretch marks or an extra five pounds. He just wants to have sex. Did she wear this on the show? The outfit is cute but seems too casual. She looks like she was in the middle of doing errands and stopped by Letterman.

  39. BeeCee says:

    @Denise

    HA! I realized that on the weekend!! I’m terrible when it comes to nit-picking my body but the second I walked into the room with a semi-low cut shirt the boy flocked over with a glazed look on their faces… There was never any eye contact… just BOOOOOBS

  40. The Bobster says:

    “Men don’t care what a woman looks like naked.”

    Errr, yes we do. I like to see my lady naked as often as possible.

  41. hapygoleslie says:

    i heart julia roberts

  42. LindaR says:

    I once heard a man say that men don’t care what you look like, they’re just grateful you are there. If your man doesn’t like what you look like naked, there is a man out there who will. Ditch the shallow loser and find the man that appreciates you for everything you bring to the relationship, not just your looks.

  43. original kate says:

    god, she is smug.

  44. Kelly says:

    Hmmm as a former slut with three figures under her belt I would say 95% of men don’t really give a shit what you look like naked, so I can’t believe Im saying this, but Im with Julia on this one. I’ve sampled a wide ranging slice of humanity and I’m confident about this. (As for ‘John’ who dropped the fat roll remark, you’re not having too much sex, are you dude? I can tell, because with an attitude like that, women aren’t exactly dragging you off the street.) I wouldn’t want to sleep with someone who was so obsessed with externals that they couldn’t get it up for anyone wasn’t photoshopped. Looks and sex are pretty unrelated, actually; I’m going to overshare here and admit that some of the hottest sex I’ve had has been with guys I didn’t look twice at until they hooked me with their voice or humour or intelligence or whatever.

    And I can’t say I’d much care if they DID care, because they get what they’re given and that’s the end of the story. When men are perfect, Adonis like creatures, they can judge all they like; until then, shut up and get your pants off and don’t f*cking complain.

  45. Nate says:

    It’s true, but there are exceptions, even taking a whole bottle of Cialis would help with the likes of Rosie O’Donnell or Joy Behar.

  46. The Truth Fairy says:

    I love her lipstick !!

  47. ashleighlauren says:

    @Kelly, I totally agree. I think there is a small segment of the population that cares. However, for most guys, if they were into you with clothes, they’re going to be into you naked.

    Having said that, I have definite physical preferences for people. Taller than me, dark hair. Not skinny. There are things that I’d override those preferences for because I think that personality traits are a lot sexier than anything physical, but if I saw a guy (or girl) at the bar that perfectly matched those three things, I’d be instantly attracted.

  48. TG says:

    @Kazoo81 – I think I saw on people that Julia is wearing J Brand jeans. When I am done being pregnant I am going to get a pair. I have other brands but for some reason have never tried this brand but they always look elegant on people.

  49. gretchen says:

    i get the concept…girl at work used to flaunt her sexual escapades….she was funny, sexy, outrageous, great smile, cute little body in clothes. so one day she lifts up her shirt and struts across the room to some song on the radio, and she had a bit of a flabby tummy and stretch marks (which i guess she realized) cause she said ” well they like it in the bedroom hahah” she was great and i guess her men thought so too!!

  50. DiMi says:

    I hate it when movie star women try to tell us what men think about women, when everything they’ve experienced is shaped by the fact that they are rich and famous. It ends up being meaningless and patronizing.

  51. mrsodie2 says:

    I love Julia Roberts. She was the Angelina Jolie of MY youth (meaning the most talked about, sought after celebrity). Now she’s in her 40s with kids and a ranch in Taos and I love her even more. It was SHOCKING when she ditched Keifer at the altar and ran off to Ireland with Jason Patrick, but Kiefer is a black out alcoholic with rage issues, so that might have been one of the biggest bullet dodges of all time. Did she handle it well? Hell no, but she was like 24. Who among us (ladies over 30 only, because you darlings in your 20s just don’t have the perspective yet) didn’t do stupid stupid poorly thought out stuff when we were 24? And I find her hilarious and fun. Always have. Always will.

    And sometimes, a marriage starts out under the least ideal circumstances, but I’ll bet Vera Moder is glad Danny is out of her life and is happier that Julia took him off her hands. And there are 3 beautiful children in this world as a result.

  52. Jaxx says:

    I agree with her for the most part. IF we are talking about the average woman. I’m not talking about someone who is 50 pounds too heavy for their body. THEN I think men notice.

    But I do agree that most men aren’t thinking oh, there’s some cellulite, there’s a pimple, there’s some boob saggage. They are just mostly thinking GOODIE, I’M GONNA GET SOME.

    Knowing this I have an ironclad rule that I DO NOT point out my own flaws in bed. It is so silly when women do this, they feel insecure about their bodies so they point out everything they hate about their body instead of just laying back and enjoying the experience. This probably turns a man off more than a spot of cellulite. Just let him enjoy the bounty.

  53. Statler says:

    @kelly and jaxx- I totally agree.

    Yes, there are some men out there who are ridiculously hypercritical & scrutinize your smallest flaws. I’m 5’04″, 113 lbs, in decent physical shape w/an hourglass figure, and I had one jerk start nagging me to lose 5-10 lbs & wear skyscraper heels nonstop (so I ‘could look more like a model’- gag!) a few weeks into dating. The thing is, men like this are generally looking for reasons to NOT get into a relationship & if that’s the case, then you’ll never be good enough. So why worry about it? You wouldn’t want to deal with their issues anyway.

    @flourpot- I think they’re hanger marks too. Joan Crawford had a point, lol.

  54. george says:

    My unit says otherwise Julia. She constantly says things that confirm to me that she has one gross body and she does not care to work on it one bit. This is her delusion and her husband pays the price.

  55. spooge says:

    eh..maybe… I wanna know what they’re hiding and how they compare to other girls. But once the mystery is over, I’d rather see a girl in cute clothes than naked.

  56. the bunny lover says:

    i disagree. some men don’t care. most probably do. the only men who would have a “there’s a naked woman in front of me” reaction would be guys who don’t ge tvery much action. i don’t think men notice all the things women obsess about but do care what the woman looks like naked.