A Hollywood storybook, Julia Roberts and her husband, Robert, met on the set of the 1994 movie Steel Magnolias. He had been filming in Los Angeles for a year when he crossed paths with the charming Kentucky native. After chatting for a while, they found out they had both been looking for the same thing—a personal life worth writing home about. From there, the “star-crossed lovers” (as they described themselves in a 2014 People magazine story) story was told. The couple wed in a lavish ceremony in May 2005. And while Roberts has had some tough times since, especially after her father died earlier that year, they have never stopped loving each other. Here, we look back at some of their most romantic moments together.
Roberts is a beautiful woman, and it wasn’t hard for her to find a husband. In fact, her entire family was relatively well-off. She grew up in a large, prominent family, and according to her, had “a beautiful smile and sparkling eyes.” While still in high school, Roberts attended the prestigious Miss Porter’s School in Massachusetts. After graduating from Vassar College in 1985, she worked as a legal assistant in New York City, before heading to Hollywood. There, she hoped to become an actress. She got her big break in 1992, when she performed in the movie, Hearts In Atlantis. The following year, she was named one of People magazine’s 50 most beautiful people. Roberts then starred in the romantic comedy, Pleasantville, in which she played a socially awkward young wife. The role earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actress. Afterward, she took a break from acting and focused on her family, her career, and her wellness program, Elevate, which encourages people to live a more conscious lifestyle. In 2012, Roberts revealed that she was pregnant. She gave birth to a son, Henry, in October 2013.
The couple tied the knot at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on May 23, 2005. Among the guests were Elton John, Demi Moore, and Jessica Alba. The wedding was a “celebration of love,” and was a “bonding” event for Roberts and her new husband, according to People. “I wanted to have a ceremony that was very personal, and that celebrated who we are as a couple,” Roberts said in a statement, as quoted by People. The couple’s children, Jack and Sophie, gave heartfelt speeches. “It was a beautiful ceremony,” Roberts said of the event. “We are very happy to share this moment with our families and friends.”
The wedding marked a turning point in Roberts’ career. Before the ceremony, she had mostly played wife or girlfriend characters. But from there, she began to play more complex roles, including the troubled ex-wife in Clint Eastwood’s The 15th Ticket and the tyrannical mother in Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy. She also appeared in the 2019 political satire, War On Crime, and played a supporting role in Oliver Stone’s Moses. Meanwhile, Roberts’ husband, Robert, got a boost to his film career, too. He had mostly worked as a stand-in for other Hollywood stars, but began to get leading roles in minor movies, such as Be Cool and The Bucket List. He has also appeared in a number of big-budget Hollywood films, such as Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and the James Bond film, Quantum of Solace. His most recent role was in the comedy-drama series, Camping. In 2014, Roberts gave birth to their second child, a daughter, Julia.
For their honeymoon, the couple went to Italy, where they visited Venice. They stayed in a palatial 19th-century villa, complete with butler, private pool, and tennis court. In the fall of 2005, they rented a superyacht for a week, as guests of Frank Gehry, the renowned designer. They also took a trip to Ireland in the summer of 2006. “It was incredible to visit a place that has so much history. Even the drive from the airport to the hotel was magical,” Roberts said of their time in Dublin. In 2014, the couple made their home in Los Angeles, where they have a private pool and a movie room. Between projects, they enjoy traveling and spending time with their family. In 2019, they bought a villa in the south of France. While they may not always have been able to keep their private life private, they have always managed to keep their romance alive. In fact, after starring in the romantic comedy, What Do You Do? alongside Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand, they became such a popular on-screen couple that they were referred to by the press as “the Baldwin Brothers.” And as they continue to grow as a couple and a family, their romance is only getting more passionate and true.