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Julia Roberts, Done at 51? 'I Think That's Made Up'

The veteran actor talks ageism and gender parity
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2018 4:00 PM CDT
Julia Roberts arrives at the fourth annual InStyle Awards at The Getty Center on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Julia Roberts just turned 51, and for her it's the biggest shrug—why would anyone care? "I think that’s made up, that at a certain age, the bell is going to ring and you are done," she says, per ABC News. "I don’t think anybody buys into that. I don't think I am special. I've always been fortunate that I have found the work I am looking for. I mean, 30 years is a long time – and I am grateful and satisfied."

She also tells iNews that Hollywood's all-too-slow embrace of equal pay is a headscratcher. "It's an ongoing thing that we wish was more in the rear-view mirror," she says. "I know the World Surf League announced that they will have equal pay for their female surfers and male surfers. ... So if it's a little bit of time, then we have to take it." (Marisa Tomei has her own punchy reaction to getting older.)

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