Julia Roberts says her relationship with George Clooney and the gang was all "pranks and teasing" until she was expecting

By Kathy Ehrich Dowd
Updated September 18, 2015 01:10 PM
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Julia Roberts has had a chummy relationship with some of Hollywood’s top leading men for years, but the Oscar-winning actress says she felt a “sweet shift” in her relationship with them when she was pregnant – not that she minded.

“At George’s house, I remember walking down this path pregnant with Phinn and Hazel and turning the corner, and all the boys were sitting at the table having lunch. They were like, ‘Oh, come sit down.’ I wasn’t allowed to walk the stairs,” she told Allure for its October cover story while speaking of pals including George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon.

Roberts, 47, admitted it was nice to see that her pregnancy brought out their softer sides.

“It was such a sweet shift in our relationships because originally, it was all pranks and teasing each other,” she continued. “And here I am pregnant, so it’s like pulling out my chair and just making sure I have enough water and, ‘Are you feeling okay? You look a little peaked.’ ‘I’m fine.’ ”

Although Roberts has spent time with Hollywood’s male elite, the mother-of-three makes it clear there is one man who rises above them all: Danny Moder.

The actress worked with her husband of 13 years on the set of Secret in Their Eyes, in which she plays a rising FBI investigator in crisis after the murder of someone close to her. Roberts said filming was an intensely emotional process, and having Moder by her side as cinematographer helped her make it through.

“I don’t know if I would have succeeded in some of the efforts that I made if he hadn’t been in such close physical proximity to me,” she said. “There’s something about having the safest place in the world for you in the same room.”

But Roberts is clearly a strong woman in her own right – and a contented one, too.

“I am a genuinely and deeply happy person, which, as life goes on, you realize what great fortune that is, to feel like you just have the natural chemistry of joy,” she told the magazine.

In other words, she’s often flashing that trademark smile. Just don’t ask her to explain it.

“Impossible,” she says. “I don’t think it’s healthy or productive to self-analyze. The way a person smiles is the way they smile. It sort of becomes this thing: ‘Let’s see that smile.’ I can smile or I can not smile, but I can’t perform.”