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.
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.