Rex USA; Filmmagic
May 02, 2011 11:20 AM

On Friday, 22.8 million Americans watched the royal wedding on TV, and Julia Roberts and Hillary Clinton are proud to say they were among them.

For Roberts, the historic nuptials doubled as bonding time at home with her 6-year-old daughter.

“I sat with Hazel in my lap watching it,” the Oscar winner, 43, told Time magazine in a joint interview with Clinton. The two have joined forces to promote the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, which brings home-cooking solutions to developing countries.

Roberts, no stranger to onscreen weddings (Runaway Bride and My Best Friend’s Wedding, for instance), reveled in watching someone else’s big day. “It was very exciting,” she said of Prince William and Catherine Middleton‘s nuptials.

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Even Secretary of State Clinton, 63, found time in her busy schedule to tune in to the wedding, which was also something of a family affair.

“I was on e-mail with my daughter and my 92-year-old mother lives with us,” she said, “so the three generations of women in my family were watching the royal wedding.” (Nine months earlier, the Clintons celebrated a hotly anticipated wedding of their own when Chelsea exchanged her vows with businessman Marc Mezvinsky.)

But for Clinton, the glamorous ceremony took on a greater significance.

“I deal with so many painful decisions about what’s going on around the world every day,” she said. “To relish the happiness of these two young people who carry a lot of the hopes – of not only their fellow countrymen and women but people around the world who tuned in – it was very joyous.”

As part of their budding partnership to give mothers worldwide the tools to safely cook for their families, Roberts also interviews the Secretary of State for Oprah Winfrey Network’s Extraordinary Moms special, airing Saturday, May 7, from 8 9:30 p.m. (ET/PT). In that broadcast, Clinton recalls her own wedding, saying “I got married in 1975 and it was just a different time, and I bought my dress off the rack and we had, like, 15 people at our wedding!”

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