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November 11, 2013

Natural Wonder: Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts has been stealing scenes for more than two decades, and this month is no different with an Oscar-worthy performance in the dark comedy August: Osage County. Here, she talks to friend, director, and collaborator Ryan Murphy about holding her own against Meryl Streep, the pleasures of being a grown-up, and the perils of social media.

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On her Oscar chances:

"Listen, every actor wants to win an Oscar, full stop. It doesn't mean you try to design things around how to accomplish that because that's impossible. Now that I'm a grown-up person and have things of such greater value to pin my idea of joy and fullness on, if something like that were to happen again, my feeling of thrill would be defined in a completely different way."

On her skill in delivering dialogue:

"I used to be better at it. I have to work twice as hard to remember half as much."

On giving show-business advice to Tess Porter, her goddaughter:

"I said, 'It would be like you pulling out your math homework and me pulling out my abacus to tell you how to do it'—or getting out a sextant to guide her on her way in the night."

What she does with her friends:

"We do what girlfriends do—we eat. We go to lunch, we go to dinner, we go shopping for bras … She's the whole package. If I didn't love her, I would have to hate her."—Julianne Nicholson

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