Childrearing

Cool Mom Move: Julia Roberts’ Kids Have No Idea She’s Famous

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I’m always amazed by how truly innocent children are, like when they have a famous parent and don’t even know it. That’s the case with Julia Roberts, who says her little ones – twins Hazel and Finn, 7, and Henry, 4 – are clueless about her level of fame. Part of it probably has to do with the fact that she and cameraman husband Danny Moder raise their kids in New Mexico – not exactly a Paparazzi hotspot. But the bigger reason is because they’re simply kids and kids don’t give a shit what you do for a living unless you’re, say, a firefighter or real-life princess (wait, is the latter even a job?).

In the April issue of Vanity Fair, Roberts, who stars in the upcoming comedy Mirror Mirror (based on Snow White), dishes on life as a celebrity mom. The best part is reading the story she shares about chatting with Meryl Streep‘s daughter, 25-year-old Grace Gummer, on growing up in a famous family. The actors appeared together in Larry Crowne, and Roberts recalls the following scenario:

“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 asked, ‘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.”

In the April issue of Flare magazine, Nicole Richie shares a similar sentiment about her 4-year-old, Harlow Winter Kate. “She has no ideas that she has two [fashion] lines named after her – I try and let her be a kid,” Richie explains (she’s also mom to a 2-year-old boy, Sparrow James Midnight).

I must say, kudos to Roberts and Richie for being so down-to-earth when it comes to their children. Granted, it should automatically be this way (i.e., famous parents protecting their children from the spotlight), but not everyone’s so grounded. Something tells me that Blue Ivy, for instance, will have a pretty good idea where she comes from by the time she’s the ripe old age of 18 months. Just sayin’…