Cover Girl: Julia Roberts for InStyle Magazine

Posted on August 11, 2014

Julia-Roberts-InStyle-Magazine-September-2014-Issue-Louis-Vuitton-Cover-Girl-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Julia Roberts covers the September 2014 issue of InStyle magazine in Louis Vuitton photographed by Michelangelo Di Battista.

On never been considered sexy: “I think I’ve always sort of been on the more boyish spectrum of girls. For example, I’ve never been chosen as ‘one of the top-five hottest actresses in a bikini.’ And honestly, it’s a godsend. When I was younger, I’d think, ‘Oh, I’m the prettiest one. It’s not Halle Berry. It’s not!’ But it is, you know?”

On the red carpet: “I certainly think about it more now. It used to be a friend could call me at 3 in the afternoon and say, ‘I have a premiere tonight. Will you come?’ And I’d just take a shower and go. I wore a lot of vintage then. I had a navy military jacket and striped leggings I wore all the time. Those were the fun old days. People were less judgmental, less searing in their assessment of what you dare wear to the drugstore.”

On getting help from her friend and stylist Elizabeth Stewart now: “She brings such great ideas and choices to the table. […] I’ll let the kids look at my outfit choices and say, ‘What do you like better—this or this?’ I just try to not take it so seriously. And it can be stressful on the red carpet. So it doesn’t matter how much you dress up or bejewel yourself, you’ve still got to feel like you.”

Julia-Roberts-InStyle-Magazine-September-2014-Issue-Louis-Vuitton-Cover-Girl-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)Louis Vuitton Fall 2014 Collection







[Photo Credit: Michelangelo Di Battista for InStyle Magazine, IMAXTree]

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  • JR Labrador

    Beige skin, beige hair, beige quotes.

    • Kitten Mittons

      Hee. Jinx.

    • marishka1

      ”People were less judgmental, less searing in their assessment of what you dare wear to the drugstore.”

  • Kitten Mittons

    “Yes, a white dress on a white background. INSPIRED. Make sure whoever you put it on has hair the same color as their face, though.”

    • demidaemon

      In-Style LURVES its white background.

      • Kitten Mittons

        That they do. All the more reason to pick a different dress.

        • demidaemon

          But that would make sense!

          • Kitten Mittons

            Arrrghh! You got me there.

  • Crystal

    Why are you blonde, Julia? Why????

    • LipstickForPigs

      Right?! I say this same thing every time I see Nicole Kidman too.


      She’s going Gary. Brown/auburn is no longer working with her skin tone now that she’s 40something.

      • Candigirl1968

        But that shade of blonde isn’t working either….

  • International Model

    It’s that toothy gal from Mystic Pizza!

  • martha jones

    No matter how much I try, I just don’t like her. Can someone tell me why?

    • Jessi03

      Join the club. Also, I love your name. 😉

      • martha jones


    • Thomas

      Cause she’s full of herself and when she tries to be self-deprecating it comes across as fake.

      • martha jones

        Ah, yes. That’s it.

      • FibonacciSequins

        Nailed it.

        • Thomas

          I had to come up with a good reason to put her on my RATIONAL hate list! I got tired of her being on my irrational one lol

          • scoobysnacks

            I would’ve thought you’d use her whole husband getting situation for that. Not her finest hour. I think she’s gotten a bit precious with her image lately (and she should’ve had the sense to not let them miscast her in Charlie Wilson’s War in that wretched wig), but it wasn’t always like that. I don’t get the hate. In the battle of the America’s Sweethearts, I’m Team Bullock though. I feel like Sandra’s capable of mocking herself. There’s a reason Julia and Letterman always had great banter. She was sharp tongued and gave it right back to him. She’s actually more likable when she’s snarky because you’re like ‘ah there’s more of the real Julia.’

          • Thomas

            Sandy is SO much more likeable than Julia. I just can’t see Sandy being a bitch.

        • Gaby

          LOVE your username.

          • RoseJB

            Me too!

          • FuhUgh

            Me three!

    • mcm

      She always comes across as an egomaniac to me. Like, maybe she has been famous so long that she believes her press or something? Even the comparison here with Halle Berry. I mean, wtf?

      • scoobysnacks

        She said she was no Halle Berry and tried to convince herself that she was because, hey vanity and hurt feelings hit the best of us. Now she realizes she’s not and wasn’t then and that’s okay. I don’t see how that’s egomaniacal.

    • stonecoldcuddlewhore

      because of this: ‘Oh, I’m the prettiest one. It’s not Halle Berry. It’s not!’
      She’s saying what we can also sense while watching her: she sucks.

  • kmk05

    Oh look, they blurred her in her entirety to remove traces of wrinkles. Thank you for Instagramming your front cover, In Style, it’s not as if people get that fro free.

  • MW

    I’ve read the first quote three times and I still don’t quite know what the hell she’s trying to say.

    • martha jones

      It really is nonsense, isn’t it?

      • MW

        Yep, if I’ve ever seen pointless babbling, this is it.

    • Sarah

      She’s saying she knows Halle Berry is prettier than her, and she looks like a boy in a bikini, right?

      • MW

        And she has unique god given objectivity that enables her to tell who the prettiest one is. Of them all. Ever. Come on.

        • Sarah

          And it is a “godsend” to be Julia Roberts. Of Course.

          • Thomas

            We all should want to be Julia Roberts. It would even be a godsend for God himself to be Julia Roberts.

            Sorry to anyone who likes her, but I’ve never been able to stand her.

        • Modeniete

          Now you almost make me wish they had cast her as Maleficent. I would even have PAID to see that.
          Pity she’s never figured out who the best actress is of all.

          • kryten8

            I’m pretty sure they cast her as the evil queen in “Mirror, Mirror” if that would work for you!

        • mdcoon127

          Or a mirror, mirror on the wall…

      • Dora Kishinevsky

        That’s what I got, too. “When I was younger I thought I was prettier than Halle Berry but now I know she’s prettier.” I don’t understand WHY she’s saying it though.

        • scoobysnacks

          Cuz she’s just like you and me, Dora. 😉

          No seriously, she’s saying when she was younger she was jealous of people like Halle and probably resentful that she wasn’t considered a hot babe herself, that she probably tried to tell herself ‘no you’re hot, really, you are.’ Really she just looked back on it and realized she was trying to convince herself she was something she’s not for ego reasons and should’ve just appreciated what she had going for her. That she wasn’t the hot babe and didn’t need to try to be. Her alleged tomboyishness actually worked to her advantage in Pretty Woman. It made her seem like a diamond in the rough.

      • MartyBellerMask

        And she says it in a less-than-complimentary way to Halle Berry.

      • Little_Olive

        Well, to be fair, the picture on the cover looks like an iron ing board with her head on.

    • sugarkane105

      To be fair, it’s a pretty asinine question in the first place.

    • annla

      Wow, Julia. I don’t think the rest of us (and I was considered pretty) really had a point in our lives when we thought we were more beautiful than *everybody* else. I guess it’s good you came to realize that wasn’t true about yourself. Good story to tell.
      Halle was probably thinking, “Why am I the top of this list? There are so many women more beautiful.”

      • scoobysnacks

        So what if Halle thought that? Julia can’t read minds. She only knows her own insecurities at the time and everybody has them. The difference is some people are better able to fake it. She never said she thought she was more beautiful than everybody else. It’s unfair to put those words in her mouth. She just saw lists of the most beautiful women and the bikini shots and noticed nobody ever included her. Now if you’re a woman at that time and America’s Sweetheart and can’t get arrested for the same sort of interest Halle Berry generates of course you’re gonna be a little ‘but but..what’s wrong with me? Aren’t I pretty, mamma?’

        I’m not saying there aren’t things to criticize Julia Roberts for, but really there’s some serious cattiness on this comment section. Bitter kittens, indeed. Is this what happens when we go too long between shots of Hiddleston?

  • RussellH88

    She’s looking a bit out-of-focus.

    And I’m trying to figure out what the fuck “When I was younger, I’d think, ‘Oh, I’m the prettiest one. It’s not Halle Berry. It’s not!’ But it is, you know?” means.

    • AlexisPayne

      We all are.

  • Capt. Renault

    Bingbing was better.

    • alyce1213

      You just beat me to it.

      • Anna

        Me three!

      • Capt. Renault

        *blows smoke from barrel*

    • DuBey2

      I don’t know: I kinda like this dress on BOTH ladies. After all, the designers would probably LIKE for more than one person to buy/wear their dresses. I think this LV is versatile. Its casualness kind of fits Julia to a T.

      • gabbilevy

        Didn’t love it on Bingbing, but I think it works for Julia’s sportier aesthetic. That said, I don’t particularly like the dress, and it’s similar enough to the Fausto Puglisi that Cate Blanchett wore to Comic-Con that I keep thinking it’s the same dress and I DESPISED that one.

    • Janet B

      I wouldn’t have picked this dress (for a cover) for either of them.

  • alyce1213

    Who wore it better? Fan Bingbing or Julia?

    • Capt. Renault

      Bingbing. I’m not even sure Julia’s wearing this — I think she’s just a cutout pasted on.

  • Anna

    *goes to look at Fan Bingbing instead*

    Seriously InStyle do your research. Julia with Jennifer Aniston hair just looks sad when Bingbing wore it first.

  • In_Stitches

    Well she’s certainly unfiltered. Those were some rough, meandering quotes. Still, I find her candor charming. The cover though? Ugh. That dress is so complicated and not in a cool, attractive way.

    • Imasewsure

      Yes I really don’t like that dress… and no irrational hate list entry here. She’s fine…. a bit rambling but I prefer that to overly polished answers any day…

  • SewingSiren

    Same hairdresser as Jennifer Lopez apparently.

  • RescueMe23

    Wow! The comments are pretty harsh! Maybe that’s what she means by “searing” assessments! I think she looks happy – and that’s more important that whatever she wears..

    • Thomas

      Well, I think she does kind of bring it on herself.

      • RescueMe23

        We’ve all got issues.. thankfully mine aren’t posted in magazines… :-)

    • Little_Olive

      I don’t hate her either. We (clearly, including me) are all usually pretty darn sarcastic and caustic on this blog, but this time I’m not getting it. It seems that no reply to those questions (or any others) would save her.

  • NurseEllen

    I think in that first quote she’s trying to strike a balance between her publicist, who is whispering in one ear saying, “People think you’re too stuck up. Be self-deprecating”, and her ego, which is whispering in the other ear, saying, “Let ’em know you’re prettier than Halle.”

    • demidaemon

      I think you nailed it. However, the mixed messages just created rambling confusion.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Good read of the quotes. I try to remind myself that whenever I’m reading these puff pieces that they are carefully constructed to reinforce an image or creat a new one if the previous image is no longer considered useful for the celeb.

  • Lori

    I dislike her so much that I’ve lost all ability to be objective about her, but this all seems kind of bad.

  • AlexisPayne

    “People were less judgmental, less searing in their assessment of what you dare wear to the drugstore”
    Oh dear, did TLo just get called out?

    • Thomas

      That was my thought lol And if you’re asking your kids to help with your fashion choices, I’m not sure that’s necessarily a good thing. Does anyone know how old her kids are? I’m too lazy to google, but I’m guessing they’re not that old.

      • AlexisPayne

        Ugh, seriously, celebrities who claim their kids help with their fashion choices are THE worst (I’m looking at your Katie Holmes)

        • scoobysnacks

          Wait, the stuff she’s been wearing was Suri’s fault? It explains so much…

      • Alicia

        I think the key is “friend and stylist” – in that piece in Vanity Fair a couple of months ago on stylists, one of the things they talked about was how the stylists try to be friends with the stars. Because they don’t have any contracts or anything in place, I think sometimes it may only be the friendship that gets them the next job.

        • demidaemon

          Well, I don’t think it is very good business to not have a contract in place. One bad look and you are, out, whereas a contract could save your ass.

          • Alicia

            I totally agree – I was actually really surprised to read that. But apparently none of them do and the celebs do just walk on a whim. On the other hand, we do see some of them bringing out bad look after bad look and it doesn’t seem to hurt them!

          • demidaemon

            Well, worst dressed can be almost as much publicity as best dressed. It’s the boring looks that get skipped over.

    • Imasewsure

      “People… I ain’t PEOPLE!!”

      TLo and the BKs are certainly not included in that sentiment of course….

      • Annistella

        Oh Lina Lamont! You are a shimmering star in the cinema phernermenen.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          “Fiiiiirrrmament”! God, but I love that character-she’s such a hoot.

          • scoobysnacks

            Julia’s bigger than…than…Calvin Coolidge! Put together! 😉

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            And she’s totally bigger than Millard Fillmore.

    • Kim Elmore

      Poor, incredibly wealthy woman!!! :(

      • AlexisPayne

        Not pictured – Tear stained bags of money

    • Constant Reader

      We’re only searing in our assessment of what they wore to the drugstore if their publicist called the paparazzi to set up the photo op and they leave the drugstore with an empty designer handbag and no shopping bag.

      • decormaven

        I want a “searing comment” emoticon to enhance my more pointed TLo comments.

        • Constant Reader

          We need to work on this. A flaming iron? A branding iron? Oooh, wait… a flaming branding iron with SC!

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            The flaming iron of Snark!

  • Kristi Mitchell

    Her “shower and go” statement makes me curious as to why she managed to show up on the red carpet several times with hairy pits. But snarkyness aside, I think the dress looks great on her. And I give her lots of props for raising her family out of the limelight and not using her kids for props in photo ops like so many others do.

    • Laura Renee

      Maybe it’s more expected of celebrities, but I know I don’t shave everytime I’m in the shower. And honestly, I really wish more lady celebrities would push the envelope with not shaving. It’s just…a ridiculous amount of effort to go to to simply meet an “acceptable” standard.

  • leahpapa

    I shudder to think what style questions people Google.

    • leahpapa

      Oh, good. Just entered “can i wear…” as search term and the top autofill prompts were “can i wear shorts today” and “can i wear jeans to jury duty.” Can hardly wait to see how InStyle advises people who apparently can’t open the window and assess the current temperature. Nor do I want to consider that someone who needs a search engine to get dressed in the morning might decide the fate of another person, should they be picked to serve a on jury one day.


      • Anna

        I’m wondering if Julia will be answering the questions, as she’s the “Special Guest Editor,” and also has opinions on fashion magazines, apparently.

        • leahpapa

          BieberFever4Eva asks: “can i wear shorts today?” Julia: But of course, my pet! Why ever wouldn’t you wear shorts. Just turn your PersaDome IndividuWeather settings to “shorts today” and you’re good to go. I like to give mine a few minutes to heat up. Once I didn’t wait long enough and I got these weird pimply things all over my legs, which I made my personal assistant massage out with horse placenta oil. Then I had her ritualistically flogged. I’m obsessed with my new whip from Taos – it’s got a Georgia O’Keeffe design inlaid on the handle! Look for it soon on my lifestyle blog, Compound.

          RepoMan88271 asks: “can i wear jeans to jury duty?” Julia: Wtf is jury duty.

          • Anna

            God help us all if/when she starts a lifestyle blog.

          • demidaemon

            HAHAHA! You have captured her voice quite well, I think.

        • decormaven

          She probably googled “how to be a special guest editor”.

          • Anna

            *slow clap* BRA-VO! Love it :)

          • decormaven

            I try…

  • dschubba

    Where’s her other arm?

    • Wink

      Her other arm was ‘amputated’ by the graphic designer because it interfered with the layout.

    • MartyBellerMask

      Ah, CLASSIC InStyle. You can always tell the magazine based on the picture. White background, generic clothes, missing body parts…

    • Dorothy

      I missed that. I was too busy looking at the way her right torso was shaved with photoshop. I mean the belt and the dress appear to be too unnaturally merged.

  • marlie

    The dress is fine, but Fan Bingbing owned it like Julia can’t. I also don’t like how the dress blends into the background. And I really wish she’d ditch the blonde and go back to a more auburn color. This hair color doesn’t suit her.

    • Jacob Bowen

      It makes ZERO sense to put a white dress against a white magazine cover…especially when the wearer has no ability to make it pop!

    • conniemd

      The dress does kinda suit her though. She is on the tomboyish side of the female sex, so the dress’ masculinity suits her. Totally agree about the hair color.

    • CatLady

      Yeah, auburn or brown suit her much better than blonde.

  • hughman

    “Special Guest Editor” Julia Roberts has article ideas!

    “20 Reasons It’s Not You in the movie Gravity!”
    “Lovett or Leave It? I Left It and Here’s Why!”
    “100 Ways to Avoid Talking About George Clooney!”

    • martha jones

      10 New Ways to Accentuate your Forehead Vein!

      • Thomas

        “10 New Ways to Look Like You Have Crazy Eyes!”

    • Anna

      “Eat, Pray, Irritate.”

    • FibonacciSequins

      The Red Carpet: Think About It But Don’t Take It Seriously!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Meryl Streep, Eat my Fish!

  • cowper

    Right now the choice for dressing over 40 appears to be either Elie Saab lace mini-dress or LV sweater dress….let’s see something inspiring AND age-appropriate!

  • MilaXX

    I don’t know what’s more annoying, her insufferable quotes or the scary photoshop job that pasted her head on someone else’s body on this cover.

  • Salasalu

    Her head and body were photographed at two different times. Bad photoshop.

  • MartyBellerMask


    • Kathy

      I think that’s one of the signs of the apocalypse.

    • scoobysnacks

      Please please. We need a name. GOOP is hard to beat. I might defend her on the interpretations people are giving to her quotes, but if she did a lifestyle website, I’d die first, then mock it second.

      • MartyBellerMask

        Ha! I don’t know, but I bet there’d be a subscription fee. 😉

  • Tracy_Flick

    Didn’t someone else JUST wear that dress on a cover?

  • Anique Ashraf

    I mostly just wish that she’d let herself be kind of bitchy. She’d be way more fun trying not to be America’s Sweetheart. Leave that to the JLo’s of the world. You’re too successful to care that much, Julia.

  • FoxInSocks

    The irony of the quote “So it doesn’t matter how much you dress up or bejewel yourself, you’ve still got to feel like you.” versus the cover’s hilariously bad Photoshop is truly a thing of beauty.

    • Laura Renee

      I was hoping someone would comment on that! NO ONE HOLDS THEIR ARM THAT WAY! What did they do?

  • FibonacciSequins

    The cover is a hot mess, crowned by that hair. I know her hair can look 100x better than that.

  • EveEve

    Julia, Darling, stop letting your kids decide what you should wear!

  • Jellybish

    “Searing comments”?? Girl, you’re only a Whiteboard post.

    • demidaemon

      That’s a searing comment in of itself.

  • demidaemon

    “Guest editor?” Well, this issue probably sucks then.

  • cocohall

    I think the first quote must have to do with the fact that she never got a boob job. She struggled with her choice before, but now, bless her, she is at peace with her decision. And I also enjoy that “thinking more about Red Carpet fashion” means asking her kids’ opinions. No offense to the kiddies, but ones as young as hers are not usually the best arbiters of taste. I also suspect that her “Special Guest Editor” designation was the only way she’d agree to do the cover of the 20th Anniversary edition of In Style. She may not be top five in the bikini department, but Miss Julia is not just a pretty face. She is A SPECIAL GUEST EDITOR, dammit! Respect. Honestly, In Style is just a glorified Spiegel Catalog, the last time I checked. Or the print equivalent of QVC. Should Anna Wintour be worried?

  • TAGinMO

    Virtually everyone’s snarky comments are spot-on.
    That being said: Girl, That’s Your Dress!

  • Gaby

    “When I was younger, I’d think, ‘Oh, I’m the prettiest one. It’s not Halle Berry. It’s not!’ But it is, you know?”
    I imagine this quote was meant to sound down-to-earth and like she’s learned her lesson, but she just sounds insufferable.
    That’s still Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s dress.

  • Candigirl1968

    So now we know who to blame for her terrible outfits.

  • Modeniete

    Oh dear God, is she NEVER going to just go away….?

  • nycfan

    Second time we’ve seen this dress on a cover in the last week or so, I’d say the Vogue China shot should have forced a different cover shot for this (understanding that is not how it works timing wise, but it should somehow).

  • LeelaST

    Confirms my IR (or maybe it’s not so IR after all?) for her.

  • Danielle


  • Beto

    No matter what I love her smile.

  • AMartel

    So much more interesting than mini-van Reese.

  • gingerella

    At some point, someone decided that she looked great in black and white (or white and black). It’s OK on her, but it’s really boring and predictable at this point.

  • altermyego

    I like how the magazine cover says “Do they really work?” right next to her boobs.

  • Pound of Salt

    I’m kind of surprised how much play that dress is getting.

  • Boop

    The only movies I’ve seen her in were Steel Magnolias and Oceans Eleven. I just don’t see her appeal the way the American public does. She doesn’t seem like a very nice person behind that maniacal smile.

    • bbb126

      She isn’t.