Julia Roberts is no stranger to the fame game. In fact, she's Hollywood royalty both on and off the big screen, but the culture of being a "celebrity" has changed by leaps and bounds since she first came on the scene. Roberts graces the cover of Vanity Fair's April issue, and talks about the challenges facing young actors and actresses today, and how she's shielding her own family from her world-famous persona.
“It’s too bad that young actors coming up now will never get that kind of experience," she said, remembering how people encouraged her to get her face out there when she was starting out. "The business is so different; you can never be that new girl that has that moment of ‘Where’d she come from?'"
“There’s the express elevator and there’s rehab," she added. "It’s so awful; nobody gets a fair trial-and-error period that everybody deserves and everybody needs.”
Though she has mastered the art of being a movie star, these days the actress' biggest role is being mom to her three children, twins Hazel and Finn, 7, and Henry, 4, with husband Daniel Moder. Roberts may be one of the world's most recognizable faces, but she revealed that her fame is still lost on her kids.
She told Vanity Fair that she was once “on a crowded street, and somebody noticed me, and then another person noticed. Somebody said as we were walking past, ‘Oh, that’s Julia Roberts.’ We all just kind of kept going, and then Finn said, ‘Yeah, my mom’s Julia Robinson.’ That’s what gives you perspective. It could be Robinson, it could be Johnson, because it has nothing to do with me as a person.”
Check out Roberts' cover below. For more, head over to Vanity Fair or pick up their April issue, on national newsstands March 6.
Actress Julia Roberts speaks onstage at the Cinema For Peace event benefitting J/P Haitian Relief Organization in Los Angeles held at Montage Hotel on January 14, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images For J/P Haitian Relief Organization and Cinema For Peace)
Actress Julia Roberts arrives at 'Fireflies In The Garden' premiere at the Pacific Theater at the Grove on October 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actress Julia Roberts arrives for the world premiere of 'Larry Crowne,' June 27, 2011 at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Julia Roberts attends the 20th annual Women of the Year awards at Carnegie Hall on November 8, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
Actress Julia Roberts attends the 'Eat, Pray, Love' UK premiere at the Empire Leicester Square on September 22, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
US actress Julia Roberts receives the 58th San Sebastian International Film Festival's 'Donostia Award', on September 20, 2010, in the northern Spanish Basque city of San Sebastian. (Photo credit should read RAFA RIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Julia Roberts attends 'Come, Reza, Ama' (Eat, Pray, Love) photocall during the 58th San Sebastian International Film Festival on September 20, 2010 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
US actress Julia Roberts poses during a photocall for 'Mange, prie, aime' (eat, pray, love) directed by Ryan Murphy on September 19, 2010 in Paris. The film will be released on French screens on September 22, 2010.BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
Julia Roberts attends 'Eat Prey Love' Premiere at The Space Moderno Cinema on September 16, 2010 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images)
Actress Julia Roberts attends the premiere of 'Eat Pray Love' at the Ziegfeld Theatre on August 10, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Actress Julia Roberts arrives at the premiere of New Line Cinema's 'Valentine's Day' held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on February 8, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actress Julia Roberts attends the premiere of 'Duplicity' at the Ziegfeld Theater on March 16, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Kohen/Getty Images)
Actress Julia Roberts arrives for the UK Premiere of Duplicity at the Empire Cinema, Leciester Square on March 10, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
Actress Julia Roberts arrives at the 22nd Annual American Cinematheque Award presentation held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 12, 2007 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Presenter/actress Julia Roberts poses in the press room at the 21st Annual American Cinematheque Award Honoring George Clooney held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 13, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)