Julia Roberts covers Vanity Fair, explains why there could never be another Julia

Vanity Fair just released their April cover – Julia Roberts! The headline VF gives is “Will There Ever Be Another Julia Roberts?” My question: Should there ever be another Julia Roberts?” But I know what VF was going for – will there ever be another young actress who becomes a massive movie star at a really young age and defines her generation of female “movie stars”? Think about how young Julia was when she did Mystic Pizza, then Steel Magnolias (she got an Oscar nomination for that), then Pretty Woman (another Oscar nom), and then on and on. I think Julia was only 22 years old when she filmed Pretty Woman. Amazing. Anyway, here’s the press release from VF, full of Julia simpering beautifully:

In Vanity Fair’s April 2012 cover story, Oscar winner and Mirror, Mirror actress Julia Roberts tells contributing editor Sam Kashner how Meryl Streep’s daughter gave her precious insight into raising kids as a famous mom. According to Roberts, her children have yet to understand what it means that their mother is a celebrity—but she talked to Grace Gummer about her own realization.

“Grace comes up and goes, ‘Gosh, it’s so sweet seeing all your kids on the set. It reminds me of when I was little, and I would go see my mom at work.’ I asked, ‘Were you happy?’ Suddenly, I thought, here is a source of information,” Roberts says. “I said, ‘How old were you when you realized your mom was Meryl Streep?’ She said, ‘I think I was probably nine when I put that all together.’ I said, ‘Were you cool with it?’ She said, ‘Yeah, it was fine. There was no trauma.’ So that was hopeful.”

Roberts recalls a time “on a crowded street, and somebody noticed me, and then another person noticed. Somebody said as we were walking past, ‘Oh, that’s Julia Roberts.’ We all just kind of kept going, and then Finn said, ‘Yeah, my mom’s Julia Robinson.’ That’s what gives you perspective. It could be Robinson, it could be Johnson, because it has nothing to do with me as a person.”

Roberts tells Kashner that there had been “a time when I was encouraged—as all young actresses are—you know, ‘You’ve got to keep going; you’ve got to get out there.’”

Unfortunately for them, Roberts says, young actors nowadays don’t have the benefit of the same kind of experience that she had when just starting out: “The business is so different; you can never be that new girl that has that moment of ‘Where’d she come from?’” she says. “There’s the express elevator and there’s rehab. It’s so awful; nobody gets a fair trial-and-error period that everybody deserves and everybody needs.”

[From Vanity Fair]

I’m glad that Julia understands that “the business is so different” - it’s not like she’s giving us her big cackle and claiming, “I am one of kind, no one could ever do it like me!” It’s about the press machine surrounding Hollywood, it’s about “the teams” of sycophants and enablers that young actresses surround themselves with, and it’s also about the quality of the films being made these days. And yes, Julia is one of kind, for better or for worse. I always go back to the idea that she was smart enough – back when she was only, like, 24 or 25 – to take two years off from her career. She got so famous so fast and she had a string of hit films, and instead of feeding the machine, she backed away, took a break, got her head together, and then came back a few years later to do The Pelican Brief. What young actress is smart enough to do that these days?

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  1. Jayna says:

    Julia as a young actress had that “it” factor. I am still amazed that in Pretty Woman I really believed her performance as a “working girl.” She had such a vulnerability in that performance, which is where she always shines anyway, roles that require that. And that movie where her husband beat her and she faked her death another performance I loved by her.

    • Domestic diva says:

      Omg in soo sad you guys feel that way!!! Steele magnolias was in Sunday it is still one of my favorites and I am truly heartbroken everytime Shelby dies because I love her soo much ” my colors are blush and bashful”

  2. Bite me says:

    Julia is back… Hmmm I might go watch mirror, mirror

  3. Dee Cee says:

    I like to remember her stopping her car kids inside and cussing out photographers for following her! She’s never lived up to her goody-special talent hype..

    • Jane says:

      I did the same thing, only to some reckless driving teenagers who almost caused an accident with me and my son.

      • Jaded says:

        I did the same thing only it was just me in the car and some young douchey guy deliberately cut me off, nearly causing a multi-car pile-up. So I followed him until he got to a red light, got out of the car and shrieked at him. He probably thought “who is this weird menopausal harridan” but I was so angry at him for nearly killing me that I now understand the concept of road rage.

    • Kate #2 says:

      I don’t blame her one minute for that. I have no feelings for her either way, but stalkerazzi when you have kids must be horrific. If anyone stalked me and said stuff my child shouldn’t hear, far less risked their safety by poor driving when following me, I’d yell some pretty nasty things, too.

      I remember hearing Carrie Anne Moss, way after all the Matrix hysteria died down and she was doing press for some little indie film, saying that her first child was born when her face was on billboards all over the world, and the press made her life as a new mother hell. That they specialised in saying unspeakable things to get a dramatic shot, and that they could make her feel smaller and worse than anything else ever had. She said she didn’t leave the house for a month when her first kid was born, and avoided parks and shops where the paps might be for a year or so, even though they were local/really cool, until she’d fallen back enough under the radar to mostly be left alone. And she moved away from West Hollywood to the Palisades, as she’d not be a big enough draw for the media to make special trips out to harass her in the ‘burbs.

      I don’t care how famous you are, where your kids are concerned that’s shocking. I’d yell too.

      • Kristen says:

        I agree. I will always remember how relentlessly the paparazzi stalked Carolyn Bessette Kennedy. They would crowd around her and shout things like “whore” or “bitch”, just to get a reaction. I don’t care how famous you are or how much your life as an entertainer opens you up to the press; NO ONE deserves that.

  4. kay says:

    I adore Julia, always have and always will.
    It’s because of Steel Magnolias, the movie that makes me still bawl my eyes out.

    I would see any movie of hers, just because she’s in it. Same with Sandra Bullock. Doesn’t matter is the movie sucks!

  5. autumndaze says:

    Does anyone care about her personally or professionally any more?
    Her movies no longer do well as we have seen far too much of her off camera personality to want to see more of her.

    • lipsy says:

      I can’t speak for others but I care! She’s a MOVIE STAR! I saw her dining at a restaurant and I froze up. I never dared to go ask for autograph or even look in her way but when I did steal a glimpse, she was magical.

    • jo says:

      I agree… who the heck cares about her… and I am older than she is so it is not because of age.. it is her personality such a b

  6. HoustonGrl says:

    I really admire Julia Roberts, but it’s kind of unfair to proclaim there will “never” be another. We have the advantage of hindsight here. Roberts (and Meryl Streep) made some pretty crappy movies too. Obviously, it’s the overall impression we are left with, and she’s done enough good films for it to be favorable. But I think there are some young serious actresses out there that already show great promise, and their story is yet to be told.

    • Tapioca says:

      Exactly, JR had 4 years between The Pelican Brief and My Best Friend’s Wedding in which she had quite a few flops even at the height of her fame, plus a lot of films after Mona Lisa Smile have underperformed (by her standards).

      I don’t think it helps that she has that “Queen Bitch” reputation now either. I haven’t watched one of her films – not that I was a huge fan anyway – since the T-shirt debacle, although I might make an exception for Mirror, Mirror, mostly because I want it to kick Kristen Stewart’s ungrateful ass out of Hollywood!

      • lrm says:

        Yes, this is what makes julia smart about her career; she could be overexposed like johnny depp, angelina, pitt, clooney, and of course demi moore whom i used to respect as an actress-even they were not immune to the media excess now adays….but julia and very few others-matt damon mostly, kate blanchett, the real actors-they go away between films; you don’t know every.single.thing. about their private lives, so their roles are still believable.

        I thought early on that Goopy would go the old hollywood way, as well, but sadly, i was wrong. Julia grates my nerves, but if the movie looked good, i’d go see her in it. she is charismatic on screen, for sure.

  7. Zelda says:

    I think the industry is different–the starlet game will never be the same again, just for the fact that turnover is higher.
    Is the quality of the actresses different? No. It’s the fact that–due to the internet–exposure is an issue. A year or two–tops. Then we’re sick of them. It’s just a fact.
    Keep your head down, your skills honed, and your roles well chosen, and you might still be on the marquee in 20 years.

    • demian bichir says:


    • ann carter says:

      Right you ARE!! We have no attention span, you’re white hot, then you’re ICE COLD and you’re over. That’s the way it is with most of them. It makes the rehab stints a little easier to understand.

      • Maripily says:

        This is so true! My generation we had Reese Witherspoon, Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy…so many young, talented and promising actresses, whose careers had staying power. And now? Beside Kristen stewart, and Emma Stone, I can’t think of any of the new starlets by name. It’s so different nowadays than it was just fifteen years ago…

  8. bea says:

    Overrated barely covers her, imo.

    I still receive VF and they love to drag the 90s back out whenever they can. That mag is lost in the past, so she’s perfect for the cover.


    • demian bichir says:

      It’s because EVERYTHING was better in the 90′s.

    • Jackie says:

      agreed. i never got the hype surrounding her.

      remember when she actually tried to act in the movie Mary Riley. She never tried that again.

      but, i guess she is pretty, non threatening and always smiles. people love that!

    • What about VF frequently putting dead people on the cover? Jackie O., Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe? Dust off your Liz Taylor negatives!

  9. sam says:

    Rachel Mccadams has taken time off just after a string of big movies and people praise her in one breathe and say her career is stalling in another.
    Times have changed. Actors aren’t given the same chances they once were. If they aren’t constantly working they are nothing and that is what leads to breakdowns and losing touch with reality.

    • Josie says:

      I was just thinking Rachel McAdams. When she started after her back to back hits with Mean Girls, The Notebook, Wedding Crashers, Red Eye and The Family Stone everyone began proclaiming her the next Julia Roberts. She took a break and now it seems like she can’t buy a good role if she tried and she’s stuck in the dull romantic roles. Hollywood has a short attention span these days and they’ll move on a lot more quickly then in the past.

      • lrm says:

        Except I would see a movie just for rachel. I LOVE her. I think she will have a long career-not quite in blanchett’s territory, but certainly outlasting scarjo and others on the scene now.

        it’s also problematic that so many movies are CGI action adventure or animated these days….there are not many options for the large number of actresses.

        Rachel will be around for awhile, IMO. Any producers or directors reading this? Cast Rachel!

  10. kristipistol says:

    She actually is perfect to play the evil queen, she really is so full of herself. Mirror mirror is probably a reality for her.

    • Camille (The original) says:

      Agree. I was never really a fan of hers but when she did that stupid stunt with the ‘A-Low Vera’ t-shirt (about her husbands then wife), I came to completely dislike her. The woman is a raving b!tch yet seems to get a pass from everyone.

      • Amanda says:

        Agreed. I worked in the entertainment industry for a couple of decades before deciding my family was more important and decided to leave La La Land to raise my kids. Julia is one of the most vile, over-rated actresses that I ever worked with. Say what you will about someone like Tom Cruise, but at least he has the decency to constantly thank those who work with him (think PR, Management, Production Crew, and other various staff)…and is sincere about it. Julia is all about Julia. I have seen her make comments to waiters that had them in tears. That woman can cut ice with a single look. Oh, and she loves the attention she gets from her male co-stars. I’ll never forget when she worked on one of the “Oceans” films with CZJ, who was preggers at the time. Those two could not be alone in a room together – even for a split second. That’s why, with 1 or 2 exceptions, they were never scheduled to shoot on the same day. I am so thankful that I no longer have to work with her. 9 times out of 10 it is not the talent that is so bad, but their “people” (“How dare you send a stretch limo? X celeb will only ride in a town car” or “We asked for First Class sleeper seats for Celeb Y and his wife and they did not get sleepers. Who is responsible for this travesty?” (This was back in the 90′s before “sleepers” on long-haul flights became common)). The real celebs that I had the opportunity to work with, like Gregory Peck, had real class. You don’t see that today. Sorry GC. Oh, and Julia doesn’t even come close.

  11. Kaboom says:

    Not necessarily smart to take that break, more like a sequence of inability to cope with the stresses, dropping out and then getting lucky to get a good role to get hired again. Of course that can be nicely spun in hindsight but then as now it was more likely to kill a budding career.

    • demian bichir says:

      True, but i think that Léo did the same thing so it might be necessary to take a break(a psychological break?) after you become a superstar just to be able to cope with this new vampire kind of lifestyle.

  12. lucy2 says:

    I liked her more when she was young and just starting out, now I find her abrasive and annoying. But at least she does see how things have changed, and for the most part she seems low key now.

    I do have to say, it’s quite different finding out your mom is “Meryl Streep” vs “Julia Roberts”. One is the most celebrated actress of several generations and the epitome of class. Julia’s had a great career, but I don’t think many revere her the way they do Meryl.

  13. ladybert62 says:

    Didnt like her then – dont like her now.

  14. Nev says:

    Dying Young is still my favorite movie.

  15. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    Before the age of cell phones and tweeting the actors had some mystique which is now lost because of the famewhoring via twitter so you know what your fave celeb ate for breakfast, how hungover they are from last nights party and who they are lunching with.

  16. NM6804 says:

    In an industry where the next young person is waiting to take your place, taking two years off is quite hard unless you’re a supertalent (e.g. Portman compare that to Watson who has to prove herself to she can do something other than “Hermione”). Also, your handlers will push you saying the time is right now, you can’t leave the scene now, you got these wonderful jobs, money…

    Roberts is special but she one of the biggest c* in the industry who thinks she’s better just because she’s an actress/moviestar.

    • demian bichir says:

      The movie star status is OVER!
      Like there was a time for the Supermodels,now they don’t exist anymore.The movie star is theatened with extinction.

  17. podzol says:

    Of the young new talent out there, I think for now it’s safe to say that Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence will probably make it to the big leagues and get involved behind the scenes as well (as they should, with all the talent they possess). And Jennifer Lawrence really reminds me of a younger Julia Roberts: not afraid to say what’s on her mind (it is simultaneously refreshing and obnoxious sometimes) etc etc.

  18. brin says:


  19. Yiarr says:

    I love her as an actress – and I don’t mind her being a bitch. When you go for movies its about the acting not if you are a good person!

  20. angie says:

    Keira Knightley is the one who took time off when she began to become too big with the pirates serie. Same for Ellen Page after Juno. Natalie Portman went to college. It’s a smart move and good for them. But it’s true that sometimes if they take too much time off the spotlight they have more difficulties to came back, sadly. Like, what happened to Rachel Mcadams? She was in sherlock holmes and others movies but she used to really shine and be the best thing of the movie. When I saw her in mean girls, red eye, the notebook and family stone, I really thought that she could be the next big thing, have a career like julia. But she seems very low key and refused a lot of big films (casino royal, devil wears prada, dark knight…) and now she is the lead in the vow, and the weakest link in a woddy allen film (like he wrote a better part for scarlett johansson in match point)???

    @ podzolI, I agree with you. I love both of them.
    I think that Emma Stone has a lot of potential. I don’t want to call her the next Julia Roberts because she is way too nice, and likeable but she has “it”. She was really great at the oscars with Ben Stiller, she stole the show. And Jennifer Lawrence will probably become a hot propriety with the hunger games, she is so much better than Kristen. Mia Wasikowska is really talented too but she seems more shy and low key. I don’t see her to become a “movie star” but more like a “character actress”.
    I also really want to see Mila Kunis succeed too.

  21. NYC_girl says:

    I freely admit I can watch “Notting Hill” over and over, and if “Pretty Woman” is on tv, I’m not leaving my couch.

  22. TG says:

    I agree with many sentiments mentioned above. One thing for me is Julia always seemed so mature in her roles, like I can’t believe she was only 22 when she did Pretty Woman and these other starlets cleary look and act their age. I think of Kate Blanchett like this too she is so gorgeous and talented and she is in another stratosphere compared to many actresses. I used to love Julia and would watch her in anything. I know she is a royal bitch but I still like her acting, at least the older movies not the crap she has done in the last few years. One of my favorites is “Something to Talk About”, I know it bombed but I love it. There is something vulnerable and Awkward about her that just works for me on screen. And just want to say that I disagree about Rachel McAdams being the weak link in “Midnight in Paris”. That is one of my favorite films of all time I think and I thought she played her part perfectly. Usually the snobby fiancee is played by a hard-faced shrewish beauty, and Rachel has a soft face and beauty and that is why I thought it was interesting because she is this character who is out of touch with her fiance and hasn’t a clue about what is going on with him and she keeps pushing him and I will shut up because I loved loved loved that movie, every single person in it. Michael Sheen and his “if I’m not mistaken” prefaces was the best.

    Oh one more thing about the mystique, I agree and that is one reason I hope those actors from Downton Abbey don’t start appearing all over the press in the US anyway because part of the reason I love the characters is I know nothing about the actors and when I watch the show I only see their character and not them whereas in the US it is hard to seperate the character from the public image of that person.

    • lrm says:

      I agree with you! I don’t know why people keep saying rachel is the weakest link in that movie, either! i saw it twice in theater, and now we own it and my 11 year old SON has seen it twice-he adores that movie.

      And I still think she was hilarious in that movie. Woody wrote owen as the CA version of his typical neurotic NYC character; he had to find the same for the female lead- a west coast version of that neurotic NYC type…..Rachel fit, though it was a surprise for me to see rachel in that vapid, obnoxious self centered character.

      It’s so hard anymore to find a nice, clean, beautifully filmed romantic comedy that is a STORY, not a melodrama or political statement or action thriller or based on a semi-lame novel to begin with,etc. I miss these types old-school beautiful romantic films-woody allen aside.

      I don’t know how ppl can say it or she was overrated in this movie.

      Like you said, I’ll stop now. It’s one of my favorite movies, too.

  23. Petunia says:

    Wow, she looks old.

  24. Nancy says:

    I used to like her but I can’t stand her now.

  25. Jackie says:

    oh ya! how did she get away with that?

    you would think her female fans would have raked her over the coals.

    i guess cause him and his wife were not famous, so it could fly under the radar more easily.

  26. boo says:

    She had her time in the spotlight and time marches on. I thought she was awful in Eat Pray Love. She looked terrible, I mean I know she’s aged, but the cinematographer did her no favors with those close ups, those eyebrows and that throbbing vein in the middle of her forehead should have had top billing. She was ok in her early stuff but I never really connected with her in any way, even when she was being vulnerable. Now, Meryl, I connected with her, loved Sophie’s Choice and so many of her other films, she just seems to let the character shine, I think with Julia there is too much of “her” in the character and that kills it for me.

    • Minty says:

      Julia’s early fame was achieved because of her fresh-faced charm (before her later bad attitude) and the constant media hype, not because she had remarkable acting talent.

      I totally agree with you about Meryl Streep. She, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Gary Oldman totally inhabit the characters they play. You never forget it’s Julia or Sandra Bullock or Tom Cruise, no matter who they are playing in any film.

      Sophie’s Choice alone showed me what an acting giant Meryl is. How many English-speaking actresses could convincingly pull off playing a character who spoke German with a Polish accent? Maybe Cate Blanchett, Helen Mirren, or Kate Winslet could have handled that role. Among Americans, possibly Julianne Moore or Rene Zellweger. It’s a very short list. Julia doesn’t even come close and neither does Gwyneth.

  27. MooHoo says:

    The weakest link in Midnight in Paris was Midnight in Paris.

    • Domestic diva says:

      Renee zellwiger??!! Omg hate her u think she’s better than Julia Roberts??!! Get outta town ! Lol julia may not be a Meryl but she is still a talented actress IMO I have to say I hate Brigitte jones with a passion can’t say there are many Julia movies I song enjoy and can quote lines from

    • Becky1 says:

      Agreed, MooHoo. “Midnight in Paris” is really overrated.

  28. sullivan says:

    I thought she was lovely at the beginning of her career. Then she changed which, I suppose, just means she grew up. It seems she didn’t grow up to be a nice person, though. The “A Low Vera” t-shirt incident said so much about her. Ironically, it said a lot about how low Julia will go.

    • Kate #2 says:

      The what incident? (I don’t know very much about her, it’s a genuine question.)

      • sullivan says:

        Julia seemed to be frustrated that Danny Moder’s wife wasn’t getting out of the way fast enough. She found an opportunity to make a photo op of a visit to a cafe wearing a t-shirt with “a low vera” on it. Sending a loud, public message to her lover’s wife was pretty low, imho.

      • Maripily says:

        Julia’s husband was married to a woman named Vera. Vera refused to divorce him, or was taking her time with the divorce. So Julia went out in public wearing a handwritten shirt that said ” A low Vera”… like “Aloe Vera”, and a smug expression on her face like she was so clever. It was as tacky, tasteless and stupid as it sounds.

      • Kate #2 says:

        I’m assuming that there was a relationship overlap – I mean, it wasn’t someone he’d split from years ago, who was stalling because he was now with a film star? He flat-out left Vera for Julia, and Julia resented that Vera was not happy about it? Because if so, that’s so supremely classless there are unsufficient words. How in the world was this not a bigger deal? I’d genuinely no idea about this.

        Thanks for explaining.

      • lin234 says:

        Wasn’t Vera pregnant with her HUSBAND’s child or just had a baby when Julia got together with that guy? AND Julia was pissed that Vera was trying to hang on to the marriage?

      • Carol says:

        I don’t think she was pregnant. What I do remember (and love) is that Danny’s father publicly called Julia out for that stunt.

      • Boxy Lady says:

        @lin234 You might be thinking of Tori Spelling. Her now-husband had just adopted a baby with his then-wife and then Tori left her husband and he left his wife.

        And Julia Roberts’ husband is not a movie star. He’s a cameraman. A veteran cameraman, sure, but still, a cameraman. And I think his dad works in movies behind the scenes as well. Julia is notorious for sleeping with men on the set of her movies. Danny Moder was one that she decided to keep and she just expected the wife to just roll over and let Julia have him. Vera asked her for some time and space to let her figure out her marriage with Moder and that’s when Julia pulled the “A Low Vera” stunt.

    • lileneboheme says:

      Exactly…and there have been a few actors who’ve said she was very nasty to them back when they were waiters.

  29. Tweakspotter says:

    Used to like her and now…meh.

  30. Tiffany says:

    Not that much has changed. Julia comes from a family with connections…see all of the nepotism that still thrives (example: Julia’s next co-star Lily Collins).

    Just as in Julia’s day, you have to have connections and it helps if they are blood related.

  31. Molly says:

    After the nineties, she just didn’t seem special to me anymore.

    But you know what I do like about her? No one’s going around saying that she’s sooooo sweet and friendly and down to earth and the best thing since sliced bread. I appreciated the same personality she played after My Best Friend’s Wedding. She seemed on edge, uptight, annoyed, and easily exasperated. She seems like she’s not ashamed of not being a sweet, smiley, lovable ball of fluff that tons of other female celebs probably become.

  32. marlon says:

    she looks great. obviously there is photoshop going on as the case with everything but she looks more natural. love her. she seems to be really level headed. she is a mother and wife first and then an actress and superstar.

  33. neelyo says:

    Never liked her until I started watching this young generation of actresses attempt to play roles that she could have done with her eyes closed.

    Watch THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA and imagine a young Roberts in the Hathaway role. Roberts when she started had an ease and natural quality that most of these young actresses can’t match.

    I agree with so many posters who say I miss the 90s! I miss the movies and i miss the movie star magic. Remember when the red carpet wasn’t the PR machine it’s become? It was so cute to see stars wearing outfits they’d put together themselves, posing unself-consciously…Those days are gone for good.

  34. NYCGAL says:

    Wait. Hold up. Julia Roberts is NO MERYL STREEP- Sophie’s choice, Kramer v Kramer and the list goes on and on.
    Julia Roberts has had zero roles outside of Rom Coms

  35. ZenB!tch says:

    I never got her appeal. She was always kind of vulgar to me with that cackle of hers. She was never pretty and I always thought she looked old for her age. I remember going to see Pretty Woman and thinking SHE’s 23, I’m 20, I can’t age that much in 3 years.

    • Orange Cone says:

      “I remember going to see Pretty Woman and thinking SHE’s 23, I’m 20, I can’t age that much in 3 years.”

      I actually laughed out loud :)

  36. Hootie Hoo says:

    She was good in Erin Brochovich.

  37. Ruffian9 says:

    Yup. Hate the bi**h. Avoid her movies like the plague.

  38. Lucy says:

    Yawn, VF sucks now (as others have already stated) and so does she…birds of a feather I guess.

    And was anyone else relieved NOT to see her at the Oscars?? I bet when she found out she wasn’t going to be presenting she decided not to come…::shrug::

  39. kira says:

    I admire her a little more now… I almost like the fact that she’s a big old bitch and doesn’t care that people know it. After the many PR blitzes of Jennifer Annoyingston (who pretends to be OH_SO_LIKEABLE), appears semi-nude in everything (look at ME!), but hangs with foul-mouthed Chelsea Handler, and also cheats with her co-star, releasing pics of herself kissing her new boyfriend the same week his pissed-off girlfriend is moving out of their apartment … well, Julia almost looks classy, by comparison. I say almost. At least, she knows to get out of the public’s face and doesn’t pull the same PR stunts. Shows how badly things have become in celeb land, really. Really bad.

    Hopefully, Rachel McAdams won’t ever sink to that level. I think she’s a real doll.

  40. original kate says:

    nope…still obnoxious.

  41. crazydaisy says:

    I don’t know why, but she’s always rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe it’s because her acting is kind of meh, but she’s so highly revered — worshipped for stardom over talent. Also, her eyebrows are very irritating for some reason. (I know that’s shallow, but whatever, they are!) Sure, she was 22-cute in Pretty Woman, with those amazingly great legs, I’ll give her that. But she was totally annoying, too, even back then. And it’s only gotten worse over the years. Sorry, she just bugs me.

  42. Ravensdaughter says:

    I am 100% with y’all on Julia Roberts-she is so full of herself.
    There is an up side-at least she is content with what she has already accomplished. She has her ranch and kids and Danny and she seems to be gracefully fading away instead of stepping up and trying to hang in there with the younger actresses (with the help of Botox and plastic surgery).
    Another option she has and could still pursue (per Chris Rock at the Oscars), is voice overs for animation. Pretty lucrative, and no worries about maintaining the veneer of youth. I know she’s done a few animated features already, and I have liked her work.
    However, Cameron Diaz will always be my fave animated film actress with her portrayal of Princess Fiona- along with my other fave, Donkey, of course.

  43. eljeran says:

    This may be shallow and evil and stuff but I AM SOOOO GLAD to see that I am not the only person who hates JR. I was in Europe during her Steel/Pretty days. Returned to America and she was on every mag everywhere. Julia this and Julia that….so I checked her out, loved her hair (at the time), but thought her work in Steel was really crappy. It was as though she didnt really know what the lines meant that she was saying. She just said them with a big wide eyed toothy grin and bad southern accent (even though she is from the south) My reception, my reception!!!!!!!! So awful. THEN she was on Oprah after having done Conspiracy Theory and she would not stop touching Mel Gibson. I was in disbelief that a woman could be so gropey with a married man and father of like 10 kids. It made me very uncomfortable. Id have killed Mel if I was married to him. At that point I was like, BOYCOT!!!! and no matter how many of her movies tank, Hollywood still shoves her down our throats. I dont get it.