Julia Roberts Says Young Stars Should Be Allowed to Make Mistakes

The actress says that young stars today don't get "a fair trial-and-error period that everybody deserves"

Julia Roberts has been famous for more than half her life, and she feels sorry for young actors coming of age in today's era of instant celebrity news. In a new cover story for Vanity Fair, the 44-year-old Oscar winner explains why young stars need to be given a break.

"There's the express elevator and there's rehab," she tells Vanity Fair. "It's so awful. Nobody gets a fair trial-and-error period that everybody deserves and everybody needs."

The Mirror Mirror star recalls that when she came of age in Hollywood, it was a lot easier to get past a mistake -- but nowadays with the immediacy of the public eye, the industry has changed.

"The business is so different; you can never be that new girl that has that moment of 'Where'd she come from?'" she says.

Roberts, whose own niece Emma Roberts is part of Hollywood's younger set, is happy to concentrate on her three young children, who have yet to realize what a big star she is. In fact, they don't even recognize the name Julia Roberts.

"[I was] on a crowded street, and somebody noticed me, and then another person noticed," Roberts says. "Somebody said as we were walking past, 'Oh, that's Julia Roberts.' We all just kind of kept going, and then [twin son Phinnaeus] said, 'Yeah, my mom's Julia Robinson.' That's what gives you perspective. It could be Robinson, it could be Johnson, because it has nothing to do with me as a person."

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