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.”
Julia Roberts is an Academy Award-winning actress, a box-office champ, a Broadway star and now the executive producer of Jesus Henry Christ, which debuted Saturday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. But her kids want her to whip up another successful career.
“They think that I’m a good cook,” Roberts, 43, told PEOPLE at the premiere. “They actually told me that I should open a restaurant.”
Henry, 3, and twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, 6, say their favorite dish is “everything made with love,” Roberts said.
For now, though, Roberts is focused on her film, which she worked on with her older sister Lisa Gillan, who co-produced, and her husband, cinematographer Danny Moder, who shot it.
“It was so great to be working on the same movie with him. He’s so good at what he does. He’s so clear and focused,” Roberts said of Moder, whom she met while working on 2001’s The Mexican. “It’s actually hard to get his attention on the set because he’s really like, ‘No, I’m working.’ But at lunch I will be like, ‘Hi, remember me, your wife?’ “