Expecting two movies and twins, the star chats with the talk queen about the role of motherhood

By Shia Kapos
Updated October 14, 2004 12:00 PM

She’s six months pregnant with twins and, says Julia Roberts, she has not experienced a case of morning sickness. But on Oct. 6 a feeling of queasiness crept up on the 36-year-old mother-to-be, PEOPLE reports in its latest issue.

Sitting down with Oprah Winfrey for her first TV interview since becoming pregnant, Roberts “was overwhelmed,” says an audience member at the taping of the show, which airs Nov. 4. “She said she hadn’t felt nauseous during her pregnancy until today, with all the energy and applause from the audience.”

After taking several months off to nest with husband Danny Moder, 35, the actress is hitting the promotional circuit again, for two upcoming films. Roberts stars in the romantic drama Closer (Dec. 3) with Clive Owen and Natalie Portman, who joined her on the set of Oprah. She’ll then be seen in the all-star cast of Ocean’s Twelve (Dec. 10). She has also been busy recording voice-overs for AOL’s new TV ads, which began airing this month.

But for Roberts, what’s on her mind are the babies – a boy and a girl, she told Winfrey – due in January. She recently bought matching T-shirts (one pink, the other blue) at a Taos boutique near her 82-acre ranch in New Mexico, and she’s maintaining her expanding figure with Pilates classes.

Though some things are out of her control – the kicking on the right side of her belly, or her changing laugh, which she says now makes her sound like a hearty truck driver – her pregnancy has been “very empowering,” she told Winfrey.

“She’s optimistic and excited about being a mom,” says an Oprah audience member. “She wants to spread her love to those two babies.”