Julia Roberts Covers Vanity Fair April 2012

Posted Tuesday February 28, 2012 12:17 PM GMT

She’s one of Hollywood’s most beloved and long-standing stars, and Julia Roberts is featured on the cover of Vanity Fair's April 2012 issue.

The “Mirror, Mirror” actress looks beautiful in her cover shot, and talks about getting advice from Meryl Streep’s daughter Grace Gummer about raising kids as a celebrity.

“Grace comes up and goes, ‘Gosh, it’s so sweet seeing all your kids on the set. It reminds me of when I was little, and I would go see my mom at work.’ I asked, ‘Were you happy?’ Suddenly, I thought, here is a source of information.”

“I said, ‘How old were you when you realized your mom was Meryl Streep?’ She said, ‘I think I was probably nine when I put that all together.’ I said, ‘Were you cool with it?’ She said, ‘Yeah, it was fine. There was no trauma.’ So that was hopeful.”

Julia also shared a time “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.”

Ms. Roberts also noted that these days it’s much harder for a young actress to have time to adjust to being a public figure. “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. It’s so awful; nobody gets a fair trial-and-error period that everybody deserves and everybody needs.”

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