Julia Roberts discusses everything from ageism in Hollywood to the fight for equal pay in a new interview with the i newspaper.
The 50-year-old, who has been busy promoting her new TV series “Homecoming”, says when asked about the steps being taken for equal pay for women: “It’s an ongoing thing that we wish was more in the rearview. But every day… I know the World Surfing League announced that they will have equal pay for their female surfers and male surfers. And Manchester United has a female team that started this year.
“I think there are places where people are really making those efforts in the right direction. So if it’s a little bit of time, then we have to take it and be happy for it.”
Speaking of Manchester United, Roberts is then asked why she supports the soccer team, recalling how her son Finn, 13, his twin sister Hazel, and their younger brother Henry, 11, were allowed to kick around the ball post-game at Old Trafford a couple of years ago.
The “Pretty Woman” favourite explains, “That’s our home team, that’s who we cheer for in our house. My oldest son got into that and it’s always been his team.”
Roberts also talks about the age discrimination toward women in Hollywood.
“I think that’s made-up bulls**t that at a certain age, the bell is going to ring and you are done, go on back home. It’s silly and I don’t think anybody buys into that. I don’t think I am special. I’ve always been fortunate that I have always found the work I am looking for. I mean, 30 years is a long time and I am grateful and satisfied.”
This in an extract from the full interview with Julia Roberts, available to read in this Friday’s issue of the i newspaper.