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.
TIME: A Secretary of State and a superstar are kind of an unlikely couple. What brought you two together?
HC: [Laughing.] Well, I started out as a great fan of [Julia's] before I ever knew her. I have gotten to know her over the years and now am an even greater fan. And she did this fabulous special, Extraordinary Moms, which I guess is going to be on television around Mother’s Day, right?
JR: Yes, May 7.
HC: So we got to spend some time together on that, and when she was here, I was deep in work to establish the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. She became so interested that we spent a lot of time talking about it. I’m very happy Julia is going to become our global ambassador for the Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.
Cookstoves seem like a very small nail for you two very big hammers. Why this issue, Julia?
JR: It’s not small at all, actually. It speaks to so many issues about mothers and women around the world who are trying to care for their families and the toxins that they’re exposed to while cooking for their families. Something that’s such a joy in my life every day — cooking — is this incredible, horrific danger to women around the world.
Julia Roberts knows what it’s like to go above and beyond as a mother, so she’s pleased to showcase others who do, too.
The “Erin Brockovich” Oscar winner is the executive producer and host/narrator of “Extraordinary Moms,” a special for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network that premieres Saturday, May 7 … the eve of Mother’s Day, appropriately.
Roberts appears on camera at the beginning and end, and also to interview Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Otherwise, she keeps the focus on the other women profiled during the 90-minute program.
Among them: Rosie O’Donnell, who discusses being young when her mother died and being a gay and divorced parent herself; Christiane Amanpour, anchor of ABC’s Sunday program “This Week,” who reflects on balancing a sometimes dangerous career with parenthood; Margaret Martin, who encourages children’s self-esteem and love of music through the Harmony Project; Mayisha Akbar, whose Compton (Calif.) Jr. Posse guides youngsters away from gang life and into competitive horse riding; and Norma Bastidas, a marathoner whose running supports research into the cause of her son’s increasing blindness.
In an exclusive published interview, mother of three (including twins) Roberts spoke recently about her reasons for making “Extraordinary Moms.”