Oscar-winning Julia Roberts, one of Hollywood’s most highly paid actresses, is widely known to the public for the films “Steel Magnolias”, “Pretty Woman”, “Erin Brokovich.”
Actress Julia Fiona Roberts, the youngest of three children, was born October 28, 1968 in Smyrna, Georgia, in a creative family. Her parents were actors and, until her divorce in 1971, together conducted classes for novice screenwriters and theater performers. As a child, Julia wanted to become a veterinarian, but later abandoned her dream, realizing that she had “a lack of genius abilities for science.” After graduating from high school in 1985, the girl moved to New York to sister Lisa, who, like their brother, Eric, dreamed of acting career.
To the aspirations of her brother and sister joins and Julia, taking part in the filming of the series “Crime Story.” But the attention of the public, she attracts her role as a slutty, but vulnerable Daisy in “Mystical Pizza.” The following year, having played in the movie “Steel Magnolia” with such legends of the cinema world Shirley MacLaine and Sally Field, she claims herself as a rising star and is nominated for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts for the best supporting role. Did not stay aside and her relationship with the actors Liam Neeson and Dylan McDermott.
From this moment the real career take-off
After a short break, Roberts plays with Denzel Washington in the hit film “The Case of the Pelicans”. In the same year, she shocked her fans by marrying a singer and songwriter in the country style Laila Lovett, whom she had met only recently. The union did not last long, just 21 months, ending in divorce.
In the film “Mary Reilly” Roberts plays the obviously repulsive role of the maid of Dr. Jekyll. The public meets the picture coldly. Returning to his image as a favorite of America, Roberts once again starred in the hits “The best friend’s wedding” with partner Dermot Mulroney and “Notting Hill” with Hugh Grant. It is thanks to her, the film “The Runaway Bride,” in which Roberts plays with his partner in “Beauty” Richard Gere, carried away by critics to the nines, attracts the attention of the public.
In 2000, Roberts reveals his talent as a dramatic actress, brilliantly performing the lead role of the strong spirit of a single mother, bravely fighting life’s circumstances, in the film “Erin Brockovich.” In this film, based on real events, Erin enters the struggle of the inhabitants of a small town with the California energy company, which, by giving official denials, continues to poison the water in the vicinity. This film brings Roberts a number of awards, including her first “Oscar”. For this role Roberts receives a fee of $ 20 million, breaking all records and becoming the first woman in Hollywood to earn so much for one film.
The following year, Roberts starred in independent film “Mexican” along with Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini. On set, she gets to know cameraman Danny Moder. At that time, Danny was married, and Julia met with actor Benjamin Bratt. Nevertheless, the Medea Moder and Roberts have a sincere friendship, a little later, after the break of both previous ties, developed into a romantic relationship.
For “Erin Brokovich” follows a few easy roles in the paintings “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Ocean’s Twelve”, in which Roberts appears in the company of George Clooney, Brad Bitt, Matt Damon and Andy Garcia. In the first production, she turns out to be the only woman in the credits, which, in her own words, has “its pluses and minuses.” Clooney is famous for his love of jokes over colleagues, and Roberts this fate is not past: once the partners in the film locked her in a hotel room, having smeared before that the door with shaving cream and putting before her two heavy pots of flowers.
On July 4, 2002, at the Julia Ranch in Taos, New Mexico, her wedding with Danny Moder took place. In November 2004, the couple had twins Finneus Walter and Hezel Patricia. In July 2007, their third child, a son, Henry Daniel, appeared.
Realizing that the most important thing in life is her family, Roberts becomes selective in her work. In 2004, she takes on an emotionally intense role in the film “Proximity”, where her partners are Clive Owen, Natalie Portman and Jude Law. The film directed by Mike Nichols explores the complexity of the relationship between the two couples, marred by betrayal and treason. In 2006, Roberts made his Broadway debut in the production of “Three Days of Rain,” appearing on stage with Bradley Cooper and Paul Rudd. And, although the opinions of critics on this drama diverged, she has a huge financial success, earning more than 12 million US dollars in 12 weeks. In 2007, Roberts starred in the film “The War of Charlie Wilson” with Tom Hanks and Philip Seymour Hoffman. For his role as an anti-communist socialist from Texas, insisting on the support of Congressman Charles Wilson for Afghanistan’s freedom fighters against the presence of Soviet troops in their country, she is nominated for the Golden Globe Award. The next project, which involves Julia, “Fireflies in the Garden,” shines with a star cast, which includes Willem Defoe, Emily Watson and Ryan Reynolds. On the set of the family drama Fireflies in the Garden, Roberts gets the chance to work with his husband, Danny, the main cameraman. The picture was presented at the Berlin Film Festival and went out into the world, but its theatrical production in the United States never took place. The next project, which involves Julia, “Fireflies in the Garden,” shines with a star cast, which includes Willem Defoe, Emily Watson and Ryan Reynolds. On the set of the family drama Fireflies in the Garden, Roberts gets the chance to work with his husband, Danny, the main cameraman. The picture was presented at the Berlin Film Festival and went out into the world, but its theatrical production in the United States never took place. The next project, which involves Julia, “Fireflies in the Garden,” shines with a star cast, which includes Willem Defoe, Emily Watson and Ryan Reynolds. On the set of the family drama Fireflies in the Garden, Roberts gets the chance to work with his husband, Danny, the main cameraman. The picture was presented at the Berlin Film Festival and went out into the world, but its theatrical production in the United States never took place.
Return to the cinema
In the American cinema, Roberts returns in 2009 with the picture “Nothing Personal”, again playing with his partner in the film “Intimacy” Clive Owen. Roberts explains his two-year absence in cinema to People Magazine: “Work is not an end in itself for me, I want to make a good movie, and this possibility does not seem too often.” Despite the fact that the hit of her new film never becomes, critics are trembling waiting for Roberts to return. “We expected her return to the big screen with great impatience,” writes Lisa Schwarzbaum, “Entertainment Weekly” magazine.
Here it should be noted that Roberts does not only work on stage, but also works behind the scenes. She becomes the executive director of the not-highly-watched TV series “The High Court of the Queens District” and the TV adaptations of the stories “American Girls”, including “Kit Kittredge: The Mystery of an American Girl” with Abigail Breslin in the lead role.
In 2010, Roberts appears simultaneously in the comedy series “Valentine’s Day” and in the drama “Eat, Pray, Love” based on the best-selling book by Elizabeth Gilbert. The following year, she, along with Tom Hanks, starred in the film “Larry Crown” about a man who survived the crisis of middle age and began a new life.
In the film “Snow White: The Seven Dwarfs”, director’s vision of the classic fairy tale “Snow White”, Roberts brings his talent to the fantasy world, where he stars along with Armi Hammer, Nathan Layne and Lily Collins. Despite the star cast, critics call the film boring and mediocre. The following year, Roberts starred in the film “August: Osage County” with Abigail Breslin, Evan McGregor and Meryl Streep.
2014 for Roberts was marked by her impressive appearance on television. In the drama “Ordinary Heart”, she will play along with Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer and Jim Parsons. A television film based on the play by Larry Cramer talks about the life of a gay group in the early years of the AIDS epidemic. Roberts plays the role of a doctor observing patients who are sick of this, then very little known, disease. For this role, she receives an Emmy award in the nomination “Best Supporting Role”.
One can not even doubt that Roberts, one of the most popular actresses in the world, will continue to lead the active life of a woman, whom she herself calls the “home goddess.” “The movement helps me to be a creative person… and gives me topics for conversation at dinner,” she confesses in an interview with Allure magazine.
“Work for me is not an end in itself, I want to do a good movie, and this opportunity does not seem to be very often.”
“The movement helps me to take place as a creative person… and gives me topics for conversation over dinner.”