Julia Roberts on the college scammers: Kids need to learn ‘important life skills’

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Julia Roberts’ hairdresser Serge Normant posted this photo of Julia’s haircut – a shaggy lob – several days ago. People Mag tried to make it sound like this is such a big hair change for Julia or that people were “freaking out” about it, but… she looks the same? She looks like she just got a few inches (the damaged ends) off. You know what really would freak me out? If Julia went dramatically darker. I’m so tired of this blondish bulls–t she’s been doing for years. It washes her out too. She needs darker hair. I feel similarly about Rachel McAdams – I don’t know what the obsession is for Julia and Rachel to have too-light blonde hair.

Anyay, Julia also had some stuff to say about Operation Varsity Blues and the whole idea of cheating so your kid can get into college. I don’t hate what Julia had to say:

“To bring the college situation into the mix, that to me is so sad because I feel from an outsider that it says a little bit ‘I don’t have enough faith in you. In this story [Ben Is Back], this mother is trying to say, ‘I have both of our faiths until you can find the faith in yourself again.’”

“From the kind of childhood that I had, I raised my kids now, I don’t want them to have to have some of the struggles I had…But at the same time, you do need to know how to make your bed and how to do your laundry and how to be able to make one meal, these are important life skills. They have to run their own race, they have to have their own experience.”

[From The Daily Mail]

She’s right. Julia Roberts is right about something! Too many parents – especially wealthy a–hole parents – don’t even seem to realize that they’re not giving their kids the tools and life lessons to handle, well, LIFE. Even if you’re rich and privileged and white, your kids still need to know how to balance a checkbook or accept disappointment or move on when something doesn’t go their way. They need to learn time management and how to fill out a form and how to get into college on their own merits. But apparently, those life lessons aren’t popular in Hollywood.

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  1. me says:

    I have cousins who didn’t grow up rich…not poor either, but not super wealthy by any means. Their parents haven’t taught them ANYTHING. These two boys, now adults, have ZERO life skills. I think it just comes down to poor parenting skills…rich or poor.

    • Tiffany says:

      Fellow lower class raised youth here, I took classes on these things myself.

      My mother was always one to let others do it because she herself was a kid raising a kid and she was learning as she went as she was not in a household where she was taught these things.

      So, your would think with these monied parents, they would just pay an expect to teach them about this.

    • lucy2 says:

      I know a few men like that, who as boys were not taught or expected to do anything. The one couldn’t even pick out an everyday outfit for himself, his mother had to lay out his clothes for him – IN HIGH SCHOOL. He didn’t even last a semester away at college.

    • Carol says:

      Ditto. It’s interesting what parents think parenting is. I know a family that is super wealthy BUT their kids know they have to make their own way. What I like about this particular set of wealthy parents is that they emphasize to their kids that the journey to their goals is just as important as reaching their goals. It’s not about success but learning from failure. It’s not about getting straight A’s but WORKING to get an A and understanding the topic. The parents aren’t hung up about status either, which I think helps the kids to not become a-holes.

  2. jan90067 says:

    Yeah… she talks a good game, but Julia, being Julia…. if there’s a way to cheat her way in (A LOW VERA), she’ll take it.

    Sorry, I know my dislike of her is coloring my opinion, but then, I don’t have a very high opinion of her to begin with.

    • me says:

      Ten years from now when her own kids are magically getting lead roles in movies, we’ll see what she says lol. Nepotism is just as bad…not illegal but just as bad. It happens everywhere. Good government jobs, city jobs, etc. Parents always try to get their own kids in. Is it fair for those of us who don’t have parents with those types of jobs or connections? Nope…but unfortunately this is how our world is and it needs to change.

    • lucy2 says:

      I don’t like her either, but I do hope she’s sincere about this. I don’t see much about her kids, they all seem to live a pretty private life, and I hope she did raise them to do their own work and be self sufficient.

    • minx says:

      Yeah, same here.

    • perplexed says:

      If I were, I don’t think I would have weighed in on this. I mean, if she was asked about it — that’s different. But I wouldn’t willingly offer a opinion.

      Her kids probably know how to make their own bed, but I think you can still know how to make a bed and still cheat on something. I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility that Aunt Becky’s daughter knew how to make a bed…AND still cheated anyway. I think you can probably not be good ai certain things like cooking but still be an honest person. The correlation is a bit weird to me — I don’t really think one has to do with the other. I mean, Gwyneth knows how to cook, but she still needed Michael Douglas’s help to get into the University of California at Santa Barbara (which she promptly dropped out of).

  3. Astrid says:

    Julia needs a new hair dresser!

    • dlc says:

      Lol, I love a slightly messy lob myself, but I see how it’s not for everyone. I saw the style and wondered how to style mine closer to that!

  4. Xtrology says:

    I get how parents would want to help their children, but this is just beyond that. You do wrong for a long time and somewhere in your life, the karma sets in. I really think there is a chance some of these people will go to jail as an example. And maybe we’ll get more of the right kids in school – later to run companies. Because it’s a mess out there. This is all just part of the U.S. pulling it back together again.

    • ElleKaye says:

      You are right. They will be convicted of mail fraud, and then there is the IRS they will need to contend with if they took a tax deduction. They may not get long jail sentences, but I especially think Lori Loughlin and her husband, who did this twice, will see some jail time.

      • Xtrology says:

        I forgot about the IRS. Very good point. I don’t think buying their way out is going to work this time. It really on every level is a stupid thing to do.

  5. Esmom says:

    “they have to have their own experience.” I think this nails it. So many parents seem to fail to see their kids as beings separate from themselves. Lori Loughlin demanded that her girls have the college experience she thought was right, seemingly without considering or caring about what they wanted.

    And there are parents on my son’s university parents page who agonize over every little problem their kid has and try to fix it themselves — everything from a stuck window to difficulties in making friends. I love how the university reps chime in (and sometimes other parents, too) suggesting the STUDENT contact the right person instead of the parent, yet the parents persist in intervening. I personally feel that as long as my kid isn’t in the ER or stressing out to the point of illness, I don’t need to step in. At all.

    I’ve made the mistake of assuming my kids will think about or approach something the same way I would and both of them are very quick to remind me that I am not them. Lol. It’s hard to let go, but it’s for the best.

    • AMAyson1977 says:

      This, 100% this. Mine are still little (11 and 6), but I remind myself all the time that they’re their own people and I can guide and advise, but their lives are theirs. I want them both to know how to keep themselves and their surroundings clean and healthy (preparing simple meals, paying attention to personal hygiene, keeping their rooms and belongings clean), how to live with other people (picking up after yourself, maintaining communal spaces, being considerate of others, doing chores), how to responsibly handle money and just to generally be kind, considerate, happy and productive adults. I will have done a good job as a mom if they meet all those goals. I cannot fathom cheating to get them an advantage or lying to steal them an opportunity they didn’t earn.

  6. ElleKaye says:

    Sharon Stone lived near me. Her parents taught their children to be responsible and care about others. She went to Hollywood, but would always come back for fundraisers and to be in local parades. She worked hard to raise money for AIDS research and is still involved. It is a prime example that if you raise your children to be aware of the world around them, and not just to be self-centered, they will give back.

  7. staceyP. says:

    I don’t think it has anything to do with being rich, they just have the means to ‘take it further’. I’ve encountered plenty of entitled parents as my kids went through the school system.
    You help out at the school you can pick out the kids of these types of parents right way.

  8. april says:

    I like her hair in both photos. In the second photo it looks like she got some filler in her cheeks and pretty much all over her face. I think she looks much better with the filler.

  9. Bella Bella says:

    This woman has naturally curly hair and it is so sad that she does this to it. Plus, “she cut off her split ends”?? All I can see are fried and split ends. This is not a good look. Free the curl!

  10. A Fan says:

    “But apparently, those life lessons aren’t popular in Hollywood.”

    [*It's not just Hollywood...it's everywhere.*]