Julia Roberts: ‘I Don’t Think it’s Healthy or Productive to Self-Analyze'


Julia Roberts in the October 2015 issue of Allure. (Photo: Tom Munro)

Famously silent (and social media-less) Julia Roberts covers the October 2015 issue of Allure (hair and makeup by Serge Normant and Genevieve Herr), and she speaks out about working in Hollywood’s A-list boys’ club and her famous smile. Just recently, the actress was spotted onstage dancing with Taylor Swift — an unexpected move from someone who’s typically so private. “I would have washed my hair if it had been planned,” Roberts told Extra TV. “I was wearing a ponytail, leggings, and tennis shoes.” Last year, she also became the face of Givenchy, having been a long-time friend of Riccardo Tisci’s, and debuted freshly dyed blonde hair in the ad campaign.


Julia Roberts speaks out in the October 2015 issue of Allure. (Photo: Tom Munro)

Even though she is one of the highest paid actresses in the world, Roberts is not immune to the stigma against aging women in Hollywood. “It’s funny when we try to talk about equality for women,” she tells Allure. “I think part of it is not having these compartmentalized heroics of ‘better parts for women over 40.’ Nobody ever talks about better parts for guys over 40.”


“I am a genuinely and deeply happy person, which, as life goes on, you realize what great fortune that is, to feel like you just have the natural chemistry of joy.” (Photo: Tom Munro)

Roberts also shares her opinion on presidential candidate Hillary Clinton — and why she supports having a woman in the Oval Office: "It is a tricky little topic,” she says. “For me, as a woman in this world with a family and a job…not that I think she would be ‘a president for women,’ but I think her point of view is critical in this time when we are 51 percent of the population, and somehow the paradigm shift isn’t really happening. I would love to see more of what she has to offer in service to this country.”


Julia Roberts in the October 2015 issue of Allure. (Photo: Tom Munro)

Of course, Allure being a respectable beauty magazine, a question about Roberts’ signature thousand-watt smile (reportedly insured for $30 million) had be asked, but Roberts slyly defected the question: “I don’t think it’s healthy or productive to self-analyze. The way a person smiles is the way they smile. It sort of becomes this thing: 'Let’s see that smile.’ I can smile or I can not smile, but I can’t perform.”


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