Julia Roberts has been in more than 50 movies during her decades-long career in Hollywood — yet she hasn’t done a gone au naturale in any of them.
When asked if she has “any feelings of responsibility to other women” when choosing scripts, the Pretty Woman star told interviewer Richard Curtis that it’s more about what she “chooses not to do.”
Julia Roberts says the film industry is “completely different” now compared to when she started acting. Picture: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images
“You know, not to be criticising others’ choices, but for me to not take off my clothes in a movie or be vulnerable in physical ways is a choice that I guess I make for myself,” she explained. “But in effect, I’m choosing not to do something as opposed to choosing to do something.”
The actress also revealed that she may have inherited her firm stance on feminism from distant cousin Gloria Steinem.
Despite hoping to inspire other women who feel pressure to strip down for films, Roberts admitted that the industry is “completely different” nowadays in comparison to when she started acting.
With Richard Gere in her breakout hit Pretty Woman in 1990.
“I don’t know if it’s better, because it’s not my experience, but it just seems very different,” she explained. “And in a way, it seems so cluttered. There are so many elements to being famous now, it just seems exhausting.”
“There’s more elements, there’s more noise, there’s more outlets, there’s more stuff,” she continued.
Roberts won a Best Actress Oscar for her role in Erin Brockovich in 2000.
Roberts previously talked about her decision to keep her clothes on while at the premiere for her film Duplicity in 2009.
When asked if she would ever change her mind, the actress made it clear that her role as a mother far outweighs any script put in front of her.
“You know it’s not really what I do, so if you are going ask me to do it, you have to expect it to be toned down,” she told the Daily Mail at the time.
“You know, as a mum of three, I feel like that.”
Roberts wed Daniel Moder in 2002 and the notoriously private couple went on to welcome son Henry, 16, and twins Phinnaeus and Hazel, both 19.
The Erin Brockovich star was also quoted telling OK! magazine in 2007 that she “wouldn’t do nudity in films.”
“To act with my clothes on is a performance,” she said. “To act with my clothes off is a documentary.”