Julia Roberts on Oprah recap

Julia Roberts made an appearance on Oprah yesterday to promote Charlotte’s Web, the live action film based on the classic children’s book by E.B. White, also starring Oprah Winfrey herself. Julia may be a star in the film, but it’s clear her most important role is being a mom to two year old twins, Hazel and Phinnaeus, with husband of four years, Danny Moder.

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She really adores her kids:
I just love them. They’re fun and happy and honest and just fill me with so much joy. I guess I didn’t realize that you could really just like your children as much as your friends, you know? I just enjoy interacting with them. I’m interested in their point of view.

On how motherhood has changed her:
I definitely feel that I’ve expanded as a human being. I have more empathy and more compassion, I think, because I feel so blessed on a level that I can’t even wrap my mind around really."

Motherhood has made her appreciated her own mother, Betty:
I try to call her with more regularity because I think, ‘God, what if Hazel didn’t call me for two weeks?’ I’m able to see her mothering now from a different vantage point.

Motherhood has turned her into an environmentalist:
She drives a hybrid car and recycles plastic bags from the grocery store: Reduce, reuse, recycle. Just like Jack Johnson sings in Curious George. It’s motherhood really urging my consciousness along into different places. What is the world going to be like for all of our children?

She also appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair along with George Clooney, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Al Gore, to promote environmental awareness.

She’s become involved with School Bus America, an organization trying to get school buses to use a more earth friendly fuel:
Our kids are inside those buses where it’s so much more toxic and deadly. And it’s so easy. All these buses can be changed over to biodiesel and vegetable oil.

Danny is a great husband and wonderful father:
I just love him to bits. He’s just a great human being. And to see him now as a father—that is the greatest thrill of my life, is watching him be a father to my children. He is our rock, our heart center of our family.

Son Phinnaeus is a huge fan of Danny’s as well:
He is as in love with Danny as I am. So Danny walks in the house and we’re pushing each other out of the way to get to him first. I love to have someone on the planet who understands how I feel when Danny walks in the door.

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