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Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts has revealed she was once asked by a director to have her “dirty” freckles removed.

The 46-year old star was advised to have her natural facial markings “taken off” in what she described as a “cultural obsession” with physical perfection.

“One director wanted me to have two freckles taken off because he said it made my face look dirty,” she said.

The actress declined to mention which film she was asked to have her freckles removed for, insisting that ageing is unrelated to acting. She added she was not preoccupied with her appearance.

“I don’t spend a lot of time in the mirror,” she said. “I’m pretty efficient in terms of looking at myself and, to be honest, I don’t think what you’re talking about is a business demand – it’s a cultural obsession.”

“I definitely think some of my older female peer group are deeply beautiful women,” she continued. “They have this thing that radiates from them. It’s coming from this deep place of understanding who they are and what their purpose is. It creates a light.”

The actress recently spoke about her family lifestyle, saying she cooks three meals a day for her three young children and avoids using social media and the web.

“[The internet] is kind of like cotton candy,” she told the Los Angeles Times. “It looks so appealing and you just can’t resist getting in there and then you end up with sticky fingers and it lasted an instant. There’s an anonymity that makes people feel safe to participate in hatefulness.”

Roberts is to star alongside Meryl Streep as an unhappy cynical daughter in forthcoming film August: Osage County, due to be released on 24 January 2014.

Source: Independent.co.uk.

While Julia Roberts has been a movie star for over two decades, the 46-year-old beauty admits it would be tough to handle the limelight in this day and age.

The Oscar winning actress, who was most recently nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in August: Osage County, shot to stardom before ever having to deal with social media or endless Internet chatter, which has allowed Roberts to remain true to herself although she worries about the effects of the business on the younger generation.

Namely, her niece Emma Roberts, whose acting creds include We’re The Millers, American Horror Story: Coven and Wild Child.

“When [Emma] comes to stay with us, I always think, ‘Please let her be the same’ — and she is still the same magical girl she used to be,” Roberts revealed in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times. “I think so much of it has to do with your intentions in taking on a business like this. If you have a pure view of what you want to accomplish, I think you can maintain your sense of self.”

A strong sense of self has led the brunette beauty to put her personal life, rather than her career, first in recent years as she dedicates much of her time to her three children—9-year-old twins Hazel and Phinnaeus and 6-year-old Henry—with her cinematographer hubby Daniel Moder.

She leads a low-key life in Southern California—”Everyone is always in such disbelief that I can go to the market,” she says, and—thanks to her long and successful film career, is able to choose projects on which she truly wants to work.

“I think people like to say that I’m super picky because of how much I lo-oo-ve my kids. But as an actor, I sort of pride myself on the fact that I’ve always been picky,” she shared before explaining the reason behind her selective nature. “There’s a couple things at play. For one, I’m 46 years old, so falling out of chairs isn’t as funny. I could break a hip. Certain scenarios that worked 10 years ago aren’t as appealing, as applicable, as believable, as original — all those things.”

While we doubt moviegoers will want to see less of Roberts on the big screen anytime soon, the actress has seemingly passed on her title as “America’s Sweetheart” to stars like Jennifer Lawrence, who has won over audiences with her undeniable charm.

As for how Roberts has been able to maintain her down-to-Earth demeanor over the years?

“Nobody expected me to be anybody but myself, really,” she said, adding that she never had any formal media training.

“Thank God I never had that,” Roberts laughed. “I would have failed.”

Source: E Online.

Sigourney Weaver, Julia Roberts and Ralph Fiennes will be among the presenters at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles awards ceremony.

BAFTA Los Angeles announced the stars’ participation Friday.

The organization is to present its Britannia Awards Nov. 9 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Also confirmed to hand out trophies at the event will be Jennifer Ehle, Sean Penn, Judd Apatow and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

British actor and comedian Rob Brydon will be the evening’s host.

For the second year in a row, the prize presentation will be broadcast on BBC America. The 2013 program will air Nov. 10.

“This year’s Britannia Awards are honoring a world-class group of colleagues, and we are privileged that such a stellar group of presenters will be joining us to celebrate these extraordinary talents,” Gary Dartnall, chairman of BAFTA Los Angeles, said in a statement.

Source: realitytvworld.com.

Awards season doesn’t kick off until January, but on Monday, the stars will be aligned.

Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock, Jake Gyllenhaal and Matthew McConaughey are all among the A-listers being honored at the Hollywood Film Awards, taking place at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills.

Also, being honored for the track “Atlas” from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack, Chris Martin will accept the Hollywood song award on behalf of his band Coldplay. Martin will also play the song, which is the first his group has ever written and performed for a motion picture.

Streep and Roberts will be joined by Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch and other stars of August: Osage County, who will be recognized with the Hollywood ensemble award.

Source: People.com.

Thanks to Claudia I have added 11 HQ digital scans of the Entertainment Weekly reunion issue, which features Julia and the cast of Mystic Pizza.

- Magazine Scans > 2013 > EW: October 25th 2013

Twenty-five years later, the stars of Mystic Pizza are still mum about what’s in the special sauce.

However, the stars of the classic 1988 film were not silent about everything, as the cast reassembled to talk about the making of the film for the annual reunion edition of Entertainment Weekly, including megastar Julia Roberts.

Directed by Donald Petrie, the coming-of-age tale set in Mystic, Connecticut, centres on three young women and the men they love. The story is set against the backdrop of a pizza parlour, where the trio work.

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