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When is Julia Roberts not famous?

By Alicia Li

Celebrities like Julia Roberts are recognised and acknowledged worldwide, yet there are instances when she’s no different from the average woman.

The 44-year-old actress, who has seven-year-old twins, Hazel and Finn, as well as four-year-old Henry with husband Danny Moder – revealed her kids have no concept of her fame, but she is quite happy for it to stay that way. children don't know she's famous.

"I was 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.'” She says.

"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."

Julia is confident her children will cope well with finding out about her celebrity status since asking her Larry Crowne co-star Grace Gummer – who is the daughter of Meryl Streep – what it was like to discover she had a famous mother.

Speaking in an interview with Vanity Fair magazine, Julia added: "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.

"I said, 'How old were you when you realised 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." Julia says.

Despite being positive about her children's future, Julia is concerned for today's young actors because she believes the industry has become harder to break into since she started out.

"The business is so different; you can never be that new girl that has that moment of, 'Where'd she come from?'”

"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."

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