For many years the media has described Julia Roberts as “America’s lover.” The superstar actress has amazed viewers on the big screen for more than three decades, and she still makes a huge impact today.
Although Roberts has held the title for 20 years, many may be surprised to discover that she has no personal connection to the nickname. If anything, the title is a cover – up between her as a person and her as a public figure.
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Roberts went into detail about her understanding of the title and where it came from in a 2019 reappearance interview with Variety.
“Well, let’s not forget, it wasn’t – I didn’t feel like it was, you know, like, a beauty pageant sash, an‘ American sweetheart, ’” Roberts admitted. “That was the name of a film I was in, so it looked like, ‘Oh, ok, let’s just—’. We will bring those two things together. So it wasn’t really here or there. “
No emotional connection to the title ‘American sweetheart’
Roberts starred in the film American sweethearts in 2001, and the title has continued ever since. Even though the name has been associated with her for nearly half of her career, she has never had a strong connection to it.
“I found… I’m very reluctant about stuff like that,” Roberts said. “No – I don’t feel I have to do something then alive, or it’s some kind of pressure, to understand me. ”
For Roberts, the title is a buffer that allows her to distinguish who she is in real life from the person who sees people on the big screen.
“I feel it shows, of course, more protection between me as a man and me as an actor,” said Roberts.
Julia Roberts said people don’t speak out when they see her in public
Roberts makes sure the person she is in her private life is different from how many people think of her.
Later in the interview Roberts revealed that, despite her success and her ubiquitous appearance, she surprisingly doesn’t get horrible comments from people on the street.
“I’ve never been a person of this type – I think of it as the energy of a musician where people see a musician in the grocery store and you would just go, ‘Oh my God . ‘I get this kind of energy, like, [sucks teeth] ‘You cut your hair. It still looks very neat. ‘… ”Roberts said.
Roberts thinks her “daughter next door” looks so easy to talk to.
“But I think ’causes people to think of me more like their neighbor, or’ My daughter looks just like you, ‘or – you know, those are the kinds of things that people come up and come to me, instead of energy that is more than I can handle.