Julia Roberts discussed her movie "Ben Is Back" which explores a mother's love for her child. Speaking with Lorraine Kelly alongside costar Lucas Hedges, Roberts compared the film's theme to the recent US college admissions scandal. The 55-year-old actress called the news "sad" but said it shows what lengths a mother will go to for their child.
She said: 'To bring the college situation into the mix, that to me is so sad because I feel from an outsider that it says a little bit "I don't have enough faith in you".
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Something to say: Julia Roberts, 55, branded the college admissions scandal 'so sad' on Lorraine on Friday as she said the parents 'don't have enough faith in their children'
'In this story [Ben Is Back], this mother is trying to say, "I have both of our faiths until you can find the faith in yourself again".'
Of how she is as a mother herself, Julia said: 'From the kind of childhood I had, I raised my kids now, I don't want them to have to have some of the struggles I had.
'But at the same time, you do need to know how to make your bed and how to do your laundry and how to be able to make one meal, these are important life skills.
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Her husband Mossimo Giannulli (left) was released on bond on Tuesday as was Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman (right), who has also been implicated in the scandal
'They have to run their own race, they have to have their own experience.'
Julia Roberts has three children with her husband Danny Moder - 18-year-old twins Hazel and Finn, and 15-year-old Henry. Her recent film "Ben Is Back" follows a teenage drug addict who unexpectedly shows up at his family's home on Christmas Eve. While promoting the movie, Roberts compared its theme of a mother's love to the recent US college admissions scandal.
The scandal involved over 50 parents, including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, paying bribes to get their children into top universities. Loughlin, her husband, and Huffman were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, which carries up to five years in prison. William Singer was accused of orchestrating the scheme through his organization Key Worldwide Foundation.
Julia said: 'To bring the college situation into the mix, that to me is so sad because I feel from an outsider that it says a little bit "I don't have enough faith in you"'
When the news broke, Roberts called it "sad" but said it demonstrated how far parents will go for their children. As a mother of three herself, Roberts conveyed an understanding of that protective instinct. However, the illegal measures taken by those involved in the scandal clearly crossed ethical lines and undermined the college admissions system.
The parallels Roberts drew between the movie and scandal illustrate her perceptiveness in recognizing the complex themes underlying both situations. While grappling with a son's addiction and second chances is the focus of her film, the real-life events expose the dark side of parental love when it gives way to selfish gain through harmful actions. Roberts, no stranger to controversy herself, offered a thoughtful take on the issue from her viewpoint as an actress, public figure and parent. Her comments, while brief, provide a glimpse into how she processes and learns from such events to inform her own roles and life experiences.
Julia said: 'From the kind of childhood I had, I raised my kids now, I don't want them to have to have some of the struggles I had'
She told Ross King: 'They have to run their own race, they have to have their own experience'
Charging documents claim that, since 2011, Singer has received $25million from parents to bribe individuals who could 'designate their children as recruited athletes, or other favored admissions categories'.
Meanwhile, speaking about her career, Julia said: 'I don't really remember going from being offered the girl part to being offered the mum parts.
'I'm still a pretty rad chick… can't just be a mum. Mum's gotta have some fun with Dad. That's why God invented babysitters.'
And of her love for Olivia Colman and her Oscar win, she said: 'She's so fantastic and I was just absolutely thrilled when she won.
'When people are that caught up in a moment I think it's so special and unique that we get to be witnesses to that.'
Her love: Julia, pictured with her husband Danny Moder pictured in January, they have three children together, twins Hazel and Phinnaeus (or Finn), 18, and Henry, 15