Julia Roberts On Hollywood: 'There's The Express Elevator & There's Rehab'

February 28, 2012 By:
Julia Roberts On Hollywood: 'There's The Express Elevator & There's Rehab'

Somehow, Julia Roberts made it as a Hollywood legend with relatively zero drama. Well, there was that one time she didn’t shave her armpits. But other than that, she’s been pretty drama-free.

Roberts, who plays the evil queen in the upcoming Snow White movie, Mirror Mirror, appears on the April cover of Vanity Fair magazine, and in it, she talks about everything from Hollywood to motherhood.

“The business is so different,” Roberts says of being a young actor in Hollywood. “You can never be that new girl that has that moment of ‘Where’d she come from?’ Those graduate steps that you get to take. There’s the express elevator and there’s rehab.”


“Nobody gets a fair trial-and-error period that everybody deserves and everybody needs.”

I'm not sure what she means by the trial and error thing, because Lindsay Lohan's entire career has been trial-and-error, and even she's making a comeback.

Julia says talking to Meryl Streep’s daughter once gave her perspective on what it’s like for her kids to know their mom is a celebrity.

“Grace [Gummer] comes up and goes, ‘Gosh, it’s so sweet seeing all your kids on the set. It reminds me of when I was little, and I would go see my mom at work.’ I asked, ‘Were you happy?’ Suddenly, I thought, here is a source of information. I said, ‘How old were you when you realized your mom was Meryl Streep?’ She said, ‘I think I was probably nine when I put that all together.’ I said, ‘Were you cool with it?’ She said, ‘Yeah, it was fine. There was no trauma.’ So that was hopeful.”