For Eat Pray Love star Julia Roberts, less is definitely more when it comes to maintaining her wholesome good looks.
“I was never one to do my hair and makeup just to go down to the market, so it’s really not that much different now,” Roberts, 42, told the Mirror Aug. 13, 2010. “If I get a little eye cream on, I feel like I’m ahead of myself.”
‘THE BODY KNOWS HOW TO CARE FOR ITSELF’
The willowy 5’9″ Julia adds: “The body is a great machine and it knows how to take care of itself. I think more often than not the things we do to our skin or our bodies can hold it back from doing its proper job.”
Besides, with husband Danny Moder and three children (five-year-old twins Hazel and Phinnaeus and three-year-old Henry) at home, obsessing over her looks is the last thing on her mind.
“When you’ve got four people to get dressed to get out the door you don’t really tend to spend a lot of time on yourself,” laughs Roberts, a spokesmodel for Lancôme Cosmetics.
‘I LOVE PREPARING FRESH FOOD AT HOME’
One thing Julia does is prepare fresh meals at home using organic ingredients. “[My mom] was a great cook and she raised me on really good foods and produce from her garden, so that’s how I know how to handle food and prepare fresh and yummy things,” she says. “My mom used to make everything. She had a great garden and composed and made everything from scratch – peanut butter, bread, jelly, everything.”
Despite her high-profile acting career, Roberts is a homebody at heart.
“My life at home gives me absolute joy,” she says. “There are some days when as soon as you’ve finished cooking breakfast and cleaning up the kitchen it’s time to start lunch, and by the time you’ve done that, you’re doing dinner and thinking, ‘There has to be a menu we can order from.’”
Still, her lucrative film work and endorsement deals enable the Oscar winner to be at home with her family most of the time.
“There are some days when it’s just so creative and so much fun and my kids will help me,” she says. “And, as with anybody who’s a mom or a wife, it just becomes part of your everyday routine. Some days it’s super fun and some days it’s a chore.”
‘FAME CAN HURT SELF-ESTEEM’
Roberts, who revealed she gained 7 pounds while shooting Eat Pray Love in Italy last summer, is glad she’s not an ingenue in today’s Hollywood.
“It has to be very confusing and difficult to be a young woman in Hollywood today,” she says. “The focus is so surgical on these girls – on everything they wear and every little detail of their lives in a way that I think is kind of negative.”
Julia, who recently said she’s against Botox, says the constant scrutiny of the press and paparazzi can be very damaging to a young girl’s self-esteem. [Editor's note: Julia's 19-year-old niece, Emma Roberts, is a budding actress].
“I don’t know how they handle it,” she says. “It has to make you feel insecure and you want to cave in on yourself or you prevail because you have good parents, good values and you protect your inner self. It’s got to be hard.”
Eat Pray Love, which co-stars Javier Bardem and James Franco, is in theaters now.