The Real Reason We Never Hear About Julia Roberts’ Kids
There are some celebrity children who are seen out and about so often you could probably list off their middle names, shoe sizes, and zodiac signs by heart, but there are a few others who are so shielded from the spotlight you couldn’t pick ’em out of a lineup if your life depended on it. Julia Roberts’ trio of kids with her director husband, Danny Moder, fits firmly into the latter category. The twins and their little brother have been growing up away from the cameras, despite the fact that their mom has been a household name for decades. Here’s why you rarely, if ever, hear about Hazel, Phinnaeus, and Henry Moder.
They don’t know their mom is famous
To everyone else, Julia Roberts might be America’s sweetheart and an Oscar-winning superstar, but to her three children, she’s just Mom. The heralded actress told the Express in 2014 that her kids still hadn’t heard about their mommy’s claim to fame. “They don’t know what I do for a living,” she said. “That hasn’t really entered their life yet. They are just little kids and I’m just their mom, so there’s no coping with anything.” She predicted that when they finally figure out their mother’s status as a Hollywood icon, they’ll be teenagers and “have stuff in their lives that’s far more interesting than what their parents’ jobs are.”
The kids have shown zero interest in the family business
Perhaps it’s because they’re still too young (Hazel and Finn were born in November 2004, and Henry was born in June 2007), but the kids have shown no interest in making movies when they grown up. If anything, they might be heading for another realm of artistry. Roberts told E! News that the kids have shown an interest in music. “I have a violinist, a cellist, and a trumpeter,” she said, adding that their top priority is school. In other words, don’t expect them to sign a recording contract just yet. “They just want to get through fifth grade math,” she joked. “That’s all that’s on their minds.”
Roberts keeps a low profile around the kids
Spectators who have gotten a rare glimpse of Roberts out in public with her family—like at her children’s sporting events—say she wears incognito gear like baseball hats, sunglasses, and clothes that help her blend in with the crowd. Even when spotted by fans, she reportedly politely declines autographs and kindly explains her request for privacy.
Her favorite family getaway is secluded
One of the family’s favorite places to getaway is their desert ranch near Taos, N.M. “When Daniel and I first started dating, we went there a lot,” Roberts told the Daily Mail. It’s the place where they wed in 2002. “He feels the same way about New Mexico as I do; we love the quietude and enchantment, [and] now it’s a great place for the five of us to run around and be together.” Though they’re not exclusively bound to their Southwest hideaway (they also frequent France), the isolated abode helps Roberts protect her family from prying eyes and let the kids be, you know, kids.
Mom and dad steer clear of social media
It’s common to watch a celebrity’s child grow up through their parents’ social media accounts. Roberts and Moder have avoided platforms such as Twitter and Instagram, which means the public never gets that errant birthday party snap popping up on their feeds.
The actress told InStyle that she’s well aware of what’s happening online. “Listen, I don’t have my head in the sand,” she said. “I’m aware of the different outlets, however you label them. It’s like people talking about a TV show: I can be perfectly aware of the TV show and the story, but it doesn’t mean I watch it. I have other friends who watch it, and they tell me about it.”
Roberts uses her social media indifference to her kids’ advantage. According to USA Today, she even “managed the impossible: taking her entire brood to Disneyland without generating any headlines.” The kids had an awesome, paparazzi-free day, and Roberts felt no need to tweet about it. “The strange culture of celebrity and the Internet age—I kind of am too old for that silly mess that goes on. I’m glad about that. It’s helped that I’m definitely of a particular age,” she said.
She shields her children from outsiders
Roberts and her husband make a concerted effort to keep their family bubble intact while still doing their jobs. “We try to protect our kids,” she told USA Today. “We just want to have our family life and not have that intruded upon.” Striking a balance between her public face and private life, she said, means sharing some details about her home life by finding “what can satisfy most people from me.” It’s a fine line to walk, but she’s found a way to make it work.