Julia Roberts, the Oscar-winning actress who starred in last year’s film, Eat, Pray, Love, wants you to think about food.
Not the eating part — but cooking. And not fancy cooking, either. Roberts has just become a Global Ambassador for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.
Her job: to let the relatively affluent half of the world’s population know about the hidden danger facing the more impoverished half: deadly smoke from fuels like wood, coal or animal waste.
Oprah played 20 Questions with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, who star in the upcoming Larry Crowne movie, on her show today.
Among the things we learned:
Hanks and wife Rita Wilson recently celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary. Q: How has his marriage survived the Hollywood fame trap?
“I happen to still be married because I’m not an idiot,”declared Hanks.
And how about Roberts? “I’m just in love with my husband,” she said of Danny Moder, whom she wed in 2002. She added that a friend told her “if you want an interesting relationship, stay in one. And it’s true. He gets more interesting every day.” Plus, she said, “he’s hot.”
Julia Roberts wants to turn her upcoming Extraordinary Mums Tv special into a series for pal Oprah Winfrey’s new network – because there are so many great mothers.
The Oscar winner interviewed fellow mums Hillary Clinton and Rosie O’Donnell for the Mother’s Day show, which debuts in America on Saturday (07May11) – and admits she struggled to narrow down the subjects for the show to six.
She says, “For the filming, the only mum I was able to be with was Madam Secretary, Hillary Rodham Clinton, which was such an honour and a privilege, but they (crew) travelled, filming these women all over the country, all over the world. It was so impressive.
“The hardest thing was to narrow it down to just six women so I keep hitting Oprah up for a series because there are so many mums that are extraordinary.”
Julia Roberts is quite alright working less and spending more time at home.
In an interview with Access Hollywood, the 43-year-old wife and mom says she has no “mom guilt.”
“Nope,” she says, explaining that she’s scaled back the amount of work she now takes on. “I felt I earned the right to stay home and be home and get super selective abbot what I wanted to do work wise.”
Roberts, who has been married to cameraman Daniel Moder since 2002, has three children — Henry, 3 and twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, 6. Part of her time at home includes cooking for her family, but she has a few conditions when she’s in the kitchen. “I have a steadfast rule that I run a kitchen, not a diner,” she says. “So I just make one meal… I try to be healthy, but listen, I love myself some bacon! So I have to cook what I think we’re all going to enjoy.. But I try to make it as healthy as possible.”
Who says a marriage made in Hollywood doesn’t last?
Julia Roberts and Danny Moder prefer to keep their relationship out of the spotlight, which is perhaps how they’ve managed to stay married since 2002 (an eternity, by Hollywood standards). This stability, combined with her earning power as one of the most popular actresses in the industry, helped to secure the couple a solid spot at #33 on our list of the 100 Hottest Couples.