Why Julia Roberts Won't Get Botox

The Eat Pray Love star says there's no way she wants her kids to have a mom with a frozen face

It's become trendy for actresses to speak out against Botox: Drew Barrymore is freaked out by it, Jennifer Aniston doesn't need it, Kim Kardashian tried it and hated it. But Julia Roberts has just given the best reason we've ever heard for avoiding the face-freezing injection: her relationship with her children.

"I want my kids to know when I'm pissed, when I'm happy and when I'm confounded," says Roberts, 42, in a cover story for the September issue of Elle. The mother of twins Phinnaeus and Hazel, 5, and Henry, 3, believes that everyone's face tells a story, and "it shouldn't be a story about your drive to the doctor's office."

Not many celeb-watchers actually consider the effect Botox would have on an actress' kids, but it's a very smart thing to consider: After all, children learn to read and understand emotions by looking at their parents' faces every day. Roberts certainly has a good head on her shoulders -- and she continues to prove it by explaining why she doesn't buy into Hollywood's fear of aging.

"It's unfortunate that we live in such a panicked, dysmorphic society where women don't even give themselves a chance to see what they'll look like as older persons. I want to have some idea of what I'll look like before I start cleaning the slates," says the actress, who appeared on her fourth People's Most Beautiful cover this year.

Spirituality may have something to do with keeping the Oscar winner grounded. Although the actress was raised in Christian churches in her native Georgia, she's now a practicing Hindu -- and says she regularly takes the whole family (including cameraman hubby Danny Moder) to "chant and pray and celebrate" at the temple. Given her experience, we're guessing those tricky-looking meditation and chanting scenes in Eat Pray Love were actually a piece of cake!

Roberts' new film, Eat Pray Love, opens on Friday, Aug. 13.

Do you think kids are a good reason for moms to say no to Botox? Chime in below!

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