These days, Julia Roberts is the kind of person who goes barefoot at Cannes to (presumably) make a point about equality. But as she admits in a new interview, America鈥檚 Sweetheart wasn鈥檛 actually all that sweet early in her career.

鈥淚 was my priority, a selfish little brat running around making films,鈥 the Oscar winner told Harper鈥檚 Bazaar UK for their new cover story, recalling her first years in the industry.

She said she changed her ways when she fell in love with her husband, Danny Moder. 鈥淚t was meeting Danny鈥 finding my person,鈥 she told the mag of Moder, a cinematographer, whom she married in 2002. 鈥淲hen I think about what makes my life my life, and makes sense and just shine inside of me, it鈥檚 him. Everything has come from that for me.鈥

Roberts and Moder met on the set of The Mexican and have worked together on several other projects since, including Mona Lisa Smile, The Normal Heart, Secret in Their Eyes 鈥 which Roberts admits is a mixed blessing. 鈥淭here鈥檚 comfort there, but also terror, which is a good combination,鈥 she revealed, adding, 鈥淭error because the person I want to impress most is looking right at me.鈥

The 49-year-old also talked about her role as a mom, telling Harper鈥檚 Bazaar UK that a normal day for her is not stepping onto a movie set or doing interviews for magazines, but rather taking care of her 12-year-old twins, Hazel and Finn, and her 10-year-old son, Henry. 鈥淚f I wasn鈥檛 here today, I鈥檇 be in the carpool lane ferrying my kids to school,鈥 she shared.

And while that might not sound glamorous, it鈥檚 exactly the life that Roberts wants 鈥 which is why she鈥檚 not rushing into her next acting job. 鈥淚 just wait to see what comes along, as opposed to looking for it. It makes it fun and organic,鈥 she told the mag. 鈥淭here鈥檚 an almost unfair bar that a script has to attain for me to say, 鈥業鈥檓 going to drop everything for this.'鈥

That choosiness isn鈥檛 new, though. 鈥淚 didn鈥檛 work for a couple of years in my 20s, because I was being offered scripts and thinking, 鈥業s it me or is this all just crap?鈥 I figured I could cover my rent and wait for something good,鈥 she explained. 鈥淚鈥檇 been spoilt with some great jobs already, so I was like, 鈥榃hy do that part with that person, when I was just doing that part with these people!'鈥

Because of that, she鈥檚 pretty proud of the movies she has done. 鈥淒eep down, we all know you can鈥檛 stand on the top point of a pinnacle on your tiptoes, and not at some point lose your balance, or get tired, or say, 鈥極kay, somebody else take over, I have to go to the bathroom,'鈥 she said in her quirky-yet-honest way. 鈥淭here are great things I鈥檝e accomplished and I鈥檇 be happy to accomplish more, of course, to impress my children and my husband. But you know what? I鈥檝e been spoilt already.鈥

You鈥檒l be able to catch Julia Roberts鈥 full interview when the November issue of Harper鈥檚 Bazaar UK hits stands on October 6.

What do you think about what Julia Roberts has to say about her career and her early 鈥渟elfish little brat鈥 days? Let us know @BritandCo!

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