Julia Roberts was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia.

Roberts’ upbringing was a mix of Catholic and Baptist, but apparently the Catholic side won out and she considers herself to have been raised Catholic.1

At some point during Roberts’ adulthood, however, she converted to Hinduism and has admitted to being a practicing Hindu who attends temple to “chant and pray and celebrate.”2

Roberts has repeatedly expressed her distaste for celebrities that pontificate about their political and religious views. She once said:

People do care what celebrities think, but it’s a such a hollow care. I’ve seen actors on TV start talking about their politics or religion, and I just think, you’re putting me off. I don’t need to know every little thing. People don’t really want to know. It’s nice if you don’t have all those little voices in the back of your head when you’re watching somebody in a movie.3

But Roberts has mentioned her hopes for her next reincarnation, saying:

Golly, I’ve been so spoiled with my friends and family in this life. Next time I want to be just something quiet and supporting.4

Pretty politics

Again, Roberts doesn’t want to talk about politics, recalling an old lesson her mother taught her:

I’ve realized something my mother told me 22 years ago. You’re an actor, act. Don’t talk about politics or religion.5

But sometimes she just can’t help herself. The Hollywood liberal in Roberts couldn’t abide former president George W. Bush and Roberts lashed out, calling him an “embarrassment” to the United States and saying:

He’s not my president. He will never be my president.6

And when Bush’s daughter was caught-up in a scandal involving her being caught drunk when underage, Roberts said:

We all need to take a deep breath and think about being a Bush daughter and having that cross to bear. I’d go out and have a couple of drinks, too.7

She certainly didn’t like Bush, but does that make her a Democrat? Her pocketbook says so. She’s only made one financial contribution to a federal politician: Kentucky Democratic Senate hopeful Nick Clooney, to the tune of $2,000.8 Plus, she said she had faith that Barack Obama would “fix” America and told the world that they should be grateful that someone as “bright and capable” as Obama actually wanted to be president after eight years of Bush.9

Actually, when you add it up, that’s quite a bit to say for someone who can’t stand it when celebrities talk about religion and politics.

  1. ‘Eat Pray Love’ star Julia Roberts happy as is. Washington Times. []
  2. Julia Roberts: I’m a Hindu. Telegraph. []
  3. Julia Roberts finds it distracting when celebrities talk politics or religion. Cele Bitchy. []
  4. Julia Roberts: ‘I’m Definitely a Practicing Hindu. Politics Daily. []
  5. Hindu Julia Roberts: I’m Done Talking About Religion. The Huffington Post. []
  6. Julia Roberts. NNDB. []
  7. Julia Roberts finds it distracting when celebrities talk politics or religion. Cele Bitchy. []
  8. Julia Roberts’s Federal Campaign Contribution Report. Newsmeat. []
  9. Relax! Julia Roberts is ‘confident’ Barack Obama will fix recession. Pop 2 It. []