Julia Roberts in Marie Claire December 2013

Why Julia Roberts Steers Clear of Social Media

Julia Roberts graces the cover of Marie Claire's December issue, opening up to the magazine about her heroes, her Google habits, and why she steers clear of social media. The actress recently celebrated her 46th birthday, and her new film August: Osage County hit theaters over the weekend. For her Marie Claire interview, Julia sat down with her friend and collaborator Ryan Murphy, talking about her Oscar hopes, her relationship with Hillary Clinton, and how she takes pride in raising a family. Take a look at some of Julia's candid quotes, and see more in the December issue of the magazine, which hits newsstands on Nov. 19.

  • On working with Meryl Streep: "I had many imaginary conversations with Meryl about working together . . . When a person goes from being on a pedestal in your mind, to even cooler, better, and more fabulous up close, you get to understand them a little more intimately."
  • On her career: "I think the reason I've been able to enjoy my career is that I always knew, for some reason — even when it was about getting a job to pay your bills and stuff — I always knew that it will surface, it will come. The things that are correct for me will come to me at the time that I am interested in them and have the capacity, the understanding, to do them."
  • On social media: "It's kind of like cotton candy: It looks so appealing and you just can't resist getting in there, and then you just end up with sticky fingers and it lasted an instant."
  • On never googling herself: "I have too much potential for collapse. There's an anonymity that makes people feel safe to participate in hatefulness. I like a good old-fashioned fistfight if people are pissed off at each other. I just feel like if you're really mad and want to have a fight, then put your dukes up."
  • On having pride in taking care of her family: "It's my privilege and honor to cook three meals a day for my family, and it's a luxury on a level that I didn't even realize, because it can be relentless for me on some days. You have pride in how you take care of your family."
  • On her charity work and working with Hillary Clinton: "I had interviewed Hillary Clinton [for OWN], who has become a personal hero to me — who she is and her convictions as a woman and mother and a humanitarian."
  • On her Oscar chances: "Listen, every actor wants to win an Oscar, full stop. It doesn't mean you try to design things around how to accomplish that because that's impossible. Now that I'm a grown-up person and have things of such greater value to pin my idea of joy and fullness on, if something like that were to happen again, my feeling of thrill would be defined in a completely different way."
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