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Roberts: Fame bad for young actors

Julia Roberts says she pities today's young Hollywood stars - because they either make it or head straight to rehab.

The Oscar-winning actress - whose 21-year-old niece Emma is in the business - told Vanity Fair she thought fame was hard for young actors as they don't get the chance she had to prove themselves.

Julia - who got her big break aged 22 in Pretty Woman - said: "The business is so different; you can never be that new girl that has that moment of 'Where'd she come from?'

"There's the express elevator and there's rehab. It's so awful; nobody gets a fair trial-and-error period that everybody deserves and everybody needs."

The 44-year-old actress - who has three children, seven-year-old twins Hazel and Finn and four-year-old Henry with husband Daniel Moder - admitted she was worried about raising her children in the spotlight. But she revealed her kids don't put the two worlds together.

She recalled a time "on a crowded street, and somebody noticed me, and then another person noticed. Somebody said as we were walking past, 'Oh, that's Julia Roberts.'

"We all just kind of kept going, and then Finn 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."

Julia also said Meryl Streep's daughter Grace Gummer had helped put her mind at ease, when she told her about growing up on film sets and not realising her mother was a star until she was nine.

Julia revealed: "She said, 'It was fine. There was no trauma.' So that was hopeful."

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