Julia Roberts Honored by amfAR for AIDS Work: 'We Can Always Use More Kindness'
Julia Roberts stunned in black Givenchy as she was honored with the Award of Courage at the eighth annual amfAR Gala Los Angeles Friday evening. "Extra's" Adam Glassman spoke with the Oscar-winning actress, who was being recognized for her work in the fight against AIDS.
Roberts, who was later introduced by fellow Oscar winner Tom Hanks, admitted, “I am sort of nervous. So much focused energy on one's self."
Speaking of her work outside acting, she told Adam, “I prefer not to bring too much attention to things that I am going to accomplish as a human, so its's a little bit of a paradox, but at the same time it is such an incredible moment to really remind people how far we have come in the fight against AIDS and how far there is to go, but we have to keep at it.”
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Asked what she meant when she was recently quoted in Harper's Bazaar UK referring to her younger self as a “selfish brat running around making films," Julia, who will turn 50 in two weeks, clarified, "I really didn't say that — I was saying that as a joke. I was never spoiled. I am far more spoiled now as a tall person, and I don't think I was really bratty... When I read that, I thought, 'That sounds like a spoiled little brat.'"
Using the attention she gets to raise awareness for a good cause
Julia recently filmed an appearance on "The Late Late Show with James Corden," telling "Extra" she had “so much fun” and revealing to Adam she had to tell her husband Danny Moder James' nickname for him.
On the show, James broke the news to Julia that he had met the cinematographer once, saying, "I call him Big D**k... We hang out in the restroom a lot." Julia told Adam Danny knew nothing about it because he just came home from shooting on location. “I just told him in the car on the way here... I said, 'Okay, I'm gonna tell you a little something that James talked about when I did his show...' I just told him like three minutes ago... He was like, 'Oh, wow.'” Julia knew she had to let him know "in case it comes up tonight."
Much fun was had with James Corden and guest Ben Schwartz.
In November, Roberts will appear in "Wonder," a new film opposite Owen Wilson in which they play the parents of a 10-year-old boy with a facial deformity. She summed up the movie's message by saying, "We can always use more kindness in our lives, but I think right now is really a good time to be reminded of maybe sharpening our kindness skills."
Rocker Chris Martin practiced more than a little kindness at the amfAR Gala, serenading Julia with an intimate rendition of the late Roy Orbison's classic song "Pretty Woman" in honor of her iconic 1990 movie of the same name. Listen!