Julia Roberts on staying in shape: ‘Remain calm, drink your water & be joyful’

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The Cannes Film Festival starts next week, and Team USA is going to be pretty well-represented on the red carpet. In addition to the premiere of Woody Allen’s new movie, Café Society, Jodie Foster will be premiering her new film, Money Monster. Which means we’ll see Julia Roberts, George Clooney and probably Amal Clooney on the carpet. I’m genuinely excited about that. Julia tells InStyle – she’s the cover girl for June – that she might be wearing Givenchy, in which case it’s going to be HUGE… a huge disaster, that is, because Riccardo Tisci can’t design to save his life. But it will be great to see what Amal wears. Anyway, here are some highlights from Julia’s InStyle interview.

On Jodie Foster: “Well, in my mind, she’s so scary, but really she’s so sweet… she’s so talented, notoriously brilliant. And she’s such a great actor. And really, she is very no-nonsense. She doesn’t think that there has to be some incredible, painful struggle to accomplish your goals. I thought she was crazy to be helming me and George—it’s like trying to keep puppies in a box.”

Whether she’ll ever be on social media: “I think it’s like—what’s a good analogy? Listen, I don’t have my head in the sand. I’m aware of the different outlets, however you label them. It’s like people talking about a TV show: I can be perfectly aware of the TV show and the story, but it doesn’t mean I watch it. I have other friends who watch it, and they tell me about it. I mean, we were talking about Instagram. Everyone has Instagram on their phone. And I just, yeah, [if I had it] I would be looking at it all the time.”

What she learned from her mom: “One of the greatest things she ever did for me … I remember asking her—when I had three kids under 3 years old and just felt like I was running in a thousand directions at once—“How on earth did you raise all of us? You worked full-time, and you did all these things.” She could have said, “Well, you know, you just do your best.” But she said, “Darling, it’s called day care. I dropped you and your sisters off at 7:30 in the morning, and I would pick you up at 4 in the afternoon.” But it didn’t feel like that to me. I didn’t feel like I was a dropped-off person who didn’t see her mom all day. I just felt completely part of her life, and she was part of mine. And that’s the magic trick: to make people feel that they’re with you when they’re not.”

Whether she ever just goes shopping: “I do from time to time. It just kind of strikes at moments. The thing I never understood about fashion is that you put something on and you look and feel great, and then you put it on again 10 days later and it’s terrible.”

How she stays in shape: “I feel like if I knew all the things to do [in terms of exercise], I would probably look like I was put together with tape. I would just go crazy. So I think, better just to remain calm, drink your water, get your sleep and be joyful. We definitely try to eat mindfully. As I always say to my kids, ‘You have to eat the good stuff to get the good stuff.’”

Her first time at Cannes: “I’ve kind of avoided it. I mean, the first time I ever went to Asia was for a movie, Eat, Pray, Love. I’m a late bloomer.”

[From InStyle, People]

I always think Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston have the same kind of reaction to the rise of social media: social media came after their heydays, and they don’t really want to bother engaging in it. Surprisingly, Gwyneth Paltrow was in the same kind of boat, but she embraced her online presence and now she’s built an entirely new career out of it. Now, unlike other social-media-shy celebrities, I don’t get the feeling that Julia looks down on it at all. Like, she’s not judging it. She’s just not engaging with it at all. Also: I like what she says about her mom dropping off the kids at day care.


Photos courtesy of WENN, cover courtesy of InStyle.

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  1. Zuzus girl says:

    She seems anything but joyful but I may be projecting because of my intense dislike of her acting and horse laugh.

    • Kaiser says:

      *goose honk*

    • Alix says:

      More honks!

    • HeyThere! says:

      I’m side eying the hell out of her comment. Maybe she meant ‘stay in mental shape’ but not physical. Sure it’s all connected but relaxing and drinking my water isn’t going to make me strong, or look better in my swim suit! Physical movement and sweating it out for an hour or so of hard working out….THEN add the relax and drink your water.

      • Josephine says:

        She doesn’t strike me as someone who works out much. I can see her as a hiker/swimmer who stays skinny because she doesn’t each much. Her answer did suggest that she really doesn’t get it. I can’t stand her, but I kinda appreciate that she didn’t pretend that she knew much about exercise.

    • Green Is Good says:

      Co-sign ZuZu. I never liked Julia Roberts. An overrated, one note actor. Her Oscar win for Erin Brockawhatever was ridiculous and ill-deserved.

      If anybody wants a good laugh, try sitting through Mary Reilly.

    • Alexi says:

      She has done something to her horsey face…..maybe too thin, cheek implants, cover shot is great but the red carpet one….you can tell sadly there’s work going on. Everyone morphing into Madonna and Meg alien faces. SIGH.

  2. CTgirl says:

    There is just something so off about Julia. She comes across as a person who tries desperately to keep everyone from seeing behind the curtain.

    • crazydaisy says:

      +1 – Always bothered me, too.

    • JenniferJustice says:

      Me too. She tries to come off as a uber intelligent with her over-enunciating and dominant personality, but it’s all just an “affect” for actually being insecure.

      As for the “working out” bit – pffft. She is not in good shape and hasn’t been since before she had children. That’s why she always wears suit jackets or shapeless tops on any carpet – to hide her lack of waist. I don’t care. obviousy she doesn’t care, so why not just admit you don’t work out anymore b/c it isn’t important to you or you don’t have time.

  3. bmore says:

    I know girlfriend wants us to forget that Jennifer Aniston movie ‘Mother’s Day,’ as quickly as possible. Already promoting the Clooney vehicle and ‘Mothers Day,’ isn’t even cold. Lol What a stink bomb. She should fire her agent.

    Come oooon money monster. Hope it’s a hit, it looks good but I think the trailers could be better.

    That’s the problem with the whole financial crisis & downfall, most people didn’t get it – trailers need to do a better job explaining.

    • Tiffany says:

      Yep. Yep, yep, yep. She did Carpool Karaoke with James Cordon. Hits are needed for her and Clooney.

  4. guest says:

    I’m not trying to be rude,but half of these actresses and models who are said to be so gorgeous and beautiful, I never see it. I see a normal looking person. In my opinion.

    • Wilma says:

      I always shudder to think what someone like you would say about my looks if you think this is normal looking.

    • Rhiley says:

      As a woman who is now in her 40s, I think Julia Roberts looks very good. I am sure she has had some minor procedures done over the years, and she likely does the standard dermatological stuff that women in the 1% can afford to maintain, but she doesn’t look overly tweaked to me and she does have a gorgeous figure. I have always thought that she has terrific posture. Plus, she looks like she gets a lot of fresh air which I think helps women a lot as they age.

    • Snowflake says:

      Yeah, she’s not that great looking, imo. Attractive but not gorgeous. She is very photos hopped in the first picture. See 2nd one. And no, I’m not gorgeous either.

    • JenniferJustice says:

      She used to be gorgeous in a fresh way – she was young, different (brunette/red), tall, great smile and America was ready for her differentness after the plethora of petite blondes that are thrust on us every generation. But she hasn’t aged very well. Photo shop makes her face still look good, but in every movie I’ve seen her in lately, she looks harsh and stern. Honestly, she seems bitchy and maybe I’m biased, but it shows on her face even when she’s trying to look pleasant. I’m not going to body shame, but aside from her being tall, I never got the appeal.

      P.S. Don’t hate on me for the petite blonde comment…I am one of them.

      • Fleur says:

        Meh, I honestly don’t have a problem with Julia. I mean, new age joyful comments from multi-millionaires about how to be happy as you age, that shit drives me crazy. Easier to stay relaxed about retirement if you’re bankrolling 30 million. But they asked her the question and she had to say something. As for her temperament, I don’t even care if she comes across as frosty, etc. She’s a grown woman and a businesswoman. Since when does she have to be Mary Poppins too?

        And everyone has their own concept of beauty, but I agree with Jennifer, it’s easy to forget now because her face is all angles now that she’s older, but Julia Roberts circa Mystic Pizza-Steel Magnolias-Pretty Woman really was beautiful. Curvy, beautiful curly hair, big smile, fresh skin. She looked very dewy and, well, young. I remember wanting to look like her when I grew up, as a lot of young girls in my era did.

  5. Trixy says:

    Huh. Excerpts from a Julia Roberts interview that didn’t annoy me. Yup, END TIMES.

    • Kitten says:

      I’m still reeling from the shock myself.
      I’m also semi-disappointed that I don’t get to rage :/

    • SJO says:

      Was thinking the same thing. I only clicked to see what insufferable self aggrandizing crap she was spewing this time.
      Someone break out the holy water.

  6. Minnieder says:

    The only part that bugs is the “fitness advise”. Drink water, be calm, be joyful? Sure that’ll get rid of my pesky 10 pounds!

    • Size Does Matter says:

      Right there with ya. Too bad eating vegetation doesn’t bring me joy. I’m going to an event tonight and have had no carbs since Sunday. There is no joy in Mudville.

      • Minnieder says:

        I feel your pain-I’ve been a week and a half without carbs or cheese (my true love) and although I feel great, by 5:00 every evening I’m a real bitch 🙄

      • Size Does Matter says:

        Carbs are my friend. I miss them. This can only be a short term situation for me.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        Bread, cheese, and I can never break up. The menage a trois will go on forever.

      • Bridget says:

        This is why I exercise hard. I can’t just eat whatever I want (I’m over 30 and have 2 kids, for goodness sake) but there’s room for stuff.

      • crazydaisy says:

        wine and cheese, skip the bread!

    • SilkyMalice says:

      I actually kind of get the ‘be calm’ part. It’s easy to get all panicky because you eat an extra slice of birthday cake, or that donut at the company meeting. Or aren’t into Cross Fit or running 5 miles every day. I am much calmer about food and exercise and I think it is easier on my body than the extremes I used to go to assuage the guilt I felt at my occasional indulgences. Now I am just all ‘meh’, I’ll eat a little less next week and walk a little more. Maybe.

      • Kitten says:

        Everything you say here is true, but I also think that her comment was about general health, not so much specifically about weight loss. Sleeping well and staying calm are both really important central aspects to our health that are so often put on the backburner in favor of exercise and diet advice.

        …. and I say this as an insomniac who is prone to frequent freak-outs and anxiety attacks. I’m really trying to embrace meditation and trying to stay relaxed and not anxious, not letting the small things get to me…it’s a constant struggle for me. But I do think it makes life so much better if you can get to that place of calm contentment as often as possible.

      • SilkyMalice says:

        Kitten – I too am a panicker and freaker-out’er. It’s been a life-long struggle! Do you have a good psych? Between us, we have landed on a pretty good combination that makes my life a lot easier. The mental part is important, but nailing the chemical imbalance is critical as well. {{{cyber hugs}}}

    • Paula says:

      I read it as she was trying to say to just live your life in a healthy way and not stress about it. She doesn’t seem to be the kind of person that spends the day in the gym, but who knows.

      • Alix says:

        If I had her money, I wouldn’t stress about ANYTHING…

      • perplexed says:

        I think she runs. I vaguely remember a profile that said she ran 10 or 20 miles (somewhere in that range).

        I think people like her are gifted genetically when they’re young, but after a certain age they have to exercise too. Twiggy said she had to after a certain age.

    • littlemissnaughty says:

      I remember an interview she gave years ago where she was asked that question and said something like there’s no great secret, she just got incredibly lucky genetically. I believe it. She was always slim but never looked like she worked out a lot. So when she says she eats well and is happy, I buy it. At least she doesn’t pretend to eat fries all day.

      i also love what she says about her mom. It was the same for me but somehow, I don’t remember day care, kindergarten, etc. as a big part of my childhood. It’s the time at home and with my parents/sister I remember.

      • Susan says:

        I agree. I think she’s a bit of an earthy/California hippie girl in her eating habits (aka clean eating, vegetables, etc and she’s not in the Dunkin Donuts drive thru every morning like me) and she’s naturally long and lean. She doesn’t look like a fitness freak to me, never has. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything ‘ripped’ on her.

        What she said about daycare and her mom made my day. Julia Roberts making my day? Whoa. As previous poster said, END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT. lol

      • Who ARE these people? says:

        Yes this was altogether reasonable. Besides, going to preschool, kindergarten … for many kids it’s like going to the club to hang out with your friends.

    • Adrien says:

      Well if she shared her wacky fitness secrets (and we all have) she will be shredded into pieces like what always happen to Gwynnie each time she dispenses weird advice. Saying something safe is more of a pr move.

    • Jayna says:

      I actually like that she’s not giving us her celebrity advice on a great body. I’m sure she exercise just enough to be fit, but nothing extreme or daily. I think Julia just stays active with her kids and her husband (He’s a surfer and I’ve seen them at the beach together in photos) and just in everyday life and so stays trim but maybe not as toned as she would like. She’s the type that is probably always doing busy stuff around the house and outdoors in the yard, like my mom did, and my mom was always trim. And the stay calm bit, it seems like Julia doesn’t get all upset if she isn’t at her best lookswise when she’s put on a few pounds..

      At least, I didn’t have to hear about her exercise regimen like from Goopy.

    • Esmom says:

      I think she dodged the “fitness advice” question, which is smart. I think she’s talking about general health and well-being and not getting specific about what he does to stay in shape.

      I really liked what she said her mom said about day care, very sweet.

    • K says:

      No but I appreciate that she didn’t give an tips that an average person can’t do because of time, money, access to the variety of food, etc. she just said look drink lots of water sleep and enjoy your life which is pretty standard.

      Ugh I’m defending Julia already my day is off its axis.

    • claire says:

      Well, she’s not wrong though. We all know exercise and limiting calories are methods for staying in shape, so why mention it. Stress and lack of sleep can very negatively affect our body as well and raise our cortisol levels, and cortisol levels are often something that get forgotten about when it comes to weight loss.

  7. Melody says:

    Are these people allergic to admitting that they stay in shape by starving, over-exercising, and above all being very genetically gifted?

  8. ReineDidon says:

    Said Hollywood millionnaires who have a spa between two vacations ☺

  9. ella says:

    If I was as succesfull and rich as Julia I definitely wouldn’t spend my days looking at Instagram either.

    Social media is so exhausting but in several fields (esp. media, journalism, PR) you’re expected to be really active in social media or people simply will not hire you. I actually dream about deleting all those stupid apps from my phone and just doing stuff without letting people know I’m doing stuff.

  10. sofie says:

    How come this broad never got the homewrecker treatment like others had in the media and press not to mention with the public? She was very nasty to her husband’s ex wife Vera. Not to mention very nasty to her own brother and sister.

    • Alix says:

      She did, to a certain extent, back in the day. But for some reason, the media/public love her so everything was forgiven and forgotten. She was a *shrew* to her husband’s then-wife.

    • Esmom says:

      She definitely got raked over the coals, for a long time, if I remember correctly. I still see people bringing it up in pretty much every story that comes out about her.

      • perplexed says:

        Yeah, I don’t think people perceive her as actually being a nice person.

        Her career survived but I assume that’s because she’s a movie star in the old school vein, like Tom Cruise. Everyone thinks he’s crazy, but people still see his movies. I think people are just willing to separate what they do in movies from their private lives because they probably bring a different kind of larger than life charisma to the big screen. People seem willing to suspend their perceptions of them for the two hours movie stars with that kind of charisma are on the screen.

        Maybe it also helps that the A-Low Vera stuff happened before the internet forum thing became huge. I don’t know what the reaction would be like if this happened now. Still, I don’t think the words Julia Roberts and “nice” usually go together. But I think you can forget she’s kind of mean when she’s on the screen or even when she’s simply on a talk show because of the old-school movie star vibe she gives off.

    • stinky says:

      thank you

      • Kelly says:

        It was a very low key rake. The America’s Sweetheart halo helped protect her quite a bit I think.

  11. paolanqar says:

    As much as I am aware that 90% of the gossip we read on a daily basis happens on social media, I agree with her about it. What’s the point?
    In my eyes instagram posts and tweets from celebrities who are older than 22 are so so lame and cringeworthy. Madonna srpings to mind.
    Especially the selfie stuff. That is incredibly stupid.

  12. Christin says:

    Given I have always sensed she is rather unpleasant and smug behind the scenes, I cannot knock what she’s saying.

    However, I still have the gut from getting she and dear handsome (as she says) husband will be kaput once the kids are a tad older.

  13. Lucy2 says:

    I can’t blame her on the social media stuff. A lot of the bigger name celebrities don’t use it, it can be time-consuming, and there’s so much negativity out there.

  14. Jayna says:

    I love Jodie Foster as a director, and George and Julia do have great chemistry. I hope this is a good movie. It’s nice to see Jodie back making a movie, and I want it to be a success for her.

  15. Rhiley says:

    I don’t know how Hollywood works to be honest. I mean, when a script turns up is there always a director for it before the cast is set, or can there be a cast in play before the director is found? In other words, would JR and GC sign up to be in a Jodie Foster directed movie, or could they have already been cast and then been told, “You are going to be directed by Jodie Foster.” Julia’s compliments, especially towards other women, always seems a little back handed so I am not sure how to interpret her, “I thought she was crazy to be helming me and George—it’s like trying to keep puppies in a box.” I imagine that George and Julia would take direction pretty well, and that they show up to work on time and focused. But I also get the sense that they are probably a clique on set and Julia likes to keep George close. She just seems a little cold towards Jodie Foster, which is classic Julia, but it would be far more interesting to me if she had bonded with her and spoke more about how Jodie Foster is as a director.

    • tracking says:

      Julia Roberts does seem like the kind of woman who doesn’t like other women. She wants to be the center of attention at all times.

  16. perplexed says:

    I don’t think she and Jennifer Aniston really need to use social media. It’s time consuming and annoying, especially if you’re famous (I imagine), so if you don’t need it, I don’t get why you’d start. Jennifer Lawrence is of the Twitter generation and she doesn’t use Twitter — clearly, she doesn’t need social media either. If an actor was on social media all day, I think I’d assume they were unemployed or sucking at acting (like some younger daytime stars).

    Gwyneth Paltrow made a business out of social media, but we make a ton of fun of her. You choose your battles.

  17. serena says:

    The cover is gorgeous!

  18. Jill says:

    I think she looks great.

  19. Maleficent says:

    Ok sure, genetics play a role. But Julia herself has talked about how she has to exercise and her dieting in the past. I guess now it’s water?

    • stinky says:

      is everyone forgetting her notorious reputation for being a witch? a pretty cold one? and the way she treated her sister?? maybe she COULD have used some more bonding time w/ mom.

  20. Joannie says:

    I cannot stand this woman! Irrational I know. I don’t think she’s in that great shape. She has long thins legs but her trunk is flab. She photographs better than she actually looks in person. Her face is very angular.

  21. BooBooLaRue says:

    Excuse me while I rip into another doughnut. I loathe this “talent”

  22. magnolia says:

    Why did the editors trim the end of her nose? She is gorgeous as she is!

  23. mkyarwood says:

    I do admire here for being able to ignore social media. I ‘spose if I had millions, I’d be better at it too.

  24. Magnoliarose says:

    This is a good article for her. Usually she seems like she phones it in to get it over with. I don’t blame her about social media it gets to be too much. People make fools of themselves on it daily so why join in if you don’t have to. I can’t see her Twitter warring with Kanye.
    I like what she said about her mother and the cover looks good.

  25. Kelly says:

    I loved her when she first came on the scene, but she has a serious mean girl, all about me vibe working. She plays the one-of-the-boys card a little too hard for me.

  26. Guesto says:

    I’ve always found her cold and unengaging.

  27. Magnoliarose says:

    They really need to stop asking the body oriented questions to women only. It’s a no win question. It’s designed to provoke a response from women and it’s rude. She has never promoted herself as a fitness guru. She’s had the same body from the beginning so what’s new to say here anyway.
    I love James Cordon but he asked Gwen about how she never ages and it was awkward. What was she supposed to say? These are accomplished women in their chosen fields aren’t there other things to ask?

  28. Pants says:

    I don’t care much for her but that’s a very pretty cover shot.

  29. iheartgossip says:

    I’ve never thought of her as a joyful person. I think she talks the talk, but doesn’t really walk it.

  30. Anonymous says:

    I love a Julia Roberts interview because she comes across as very earthy, blase, and non-conformist (by Hwood standards), and always (in my opinion) says something interesting. But I still can’t stand her. I think she’s an unpleasant snob who only talks to people who have something for her. She was too spoiled too soon, and has spent nearly 30 years being fawned over by powerful Hwood men who think the sun rises and sets out of her ass. That has to do something to a person’s ego.

  31. jenn12 says:

    I’ve never liked her much, but I like her attitude about social media and her day care comments. People acted like I was taking my kids to the depths of hell on a daily basis when they heard we worked and they went there. Also, I really like this hair color on her. Suits her so much more than the garish red she used to dye it.

    • tennishu says:

      Hey jenn12, we are about to start giving our daughter into daycare, too and I get the same kind of comments/ recations. I am really so annoyed by it. Or even more – angered. We live in Germany though and I kind of hoped this decision would be treated less “morally” in the US (mostly because people have to since there is no parental leave etc.)?

  32. Donna Martin says:

    I hope I’m not high jacking this post but did you see her in the karaoke carpool segment with Gwen stefani? I feel that julia and George are old school movie stars. The last generation. I feel a big disconnect between them and current Hollywood. Nothing to do with their age but more to do with their attitudes and points of view. Like they are stuck in the past and are stubborn to go along.

  33. Extremely photo shopped, overrated, a low Julia.

  34. mollie says:

    Wow. I related to this interview. That’s a first for Julia. I’m on all of this advice.

  35. Mrs. Ari Gold says:

    Who describes themselves as a puppy? God she’s so annoying. She works really hard at coming across as ‘joyful’. It’s so forced and self-conscious. Most people are onto her and don’t like her. She’s so full of it.