Eric Roberts made rare comments about his relationship with his movie star sister Julia Roberts on Wednesday.
In an interview with Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef, the 66-year-old actor dismissed rumors of a feud with the 54-year-old Pretty Woman actress after years of speculation about a rift between the siblings.
‘Julia and I have always been fine,’ The Dark Knight star told the podcast host, even though they haven’t been photographed together in decades.
Speaking out: Eric Roberts made rare comments about his relationship with his sister Julia Roberts on Wednesday. Seen in 2021
Rumors: In an interview with Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef, the 66-year-old actor dismissed rumors of a feud with the 54-year-old actress after years of speculation about a rift between the siblings. Julia pictured in April 2022
The Best of the Best performer went on to criticize the media scrutiny of his relationship with Julia after she skyrocketed to fame following the release of her hit romantic comedy Pretty Woman in 1990.
He said, ‘I think years and years ago I was doing a press tour for some movie. I don’t even know what movie it was. And it was just when Pretty Woman just got released.
‘And so they’re asking a bunch of questions about Julia. And I said, “Hey, excuse me. Can we talk about me?” I think I was very funny. And of course, then it’s like, “Oh, they have a problem. Oh my God, they have a problem.”
‘Julia and I have always been fine,’ The Dark Knight star told the podcast host. Pictured in 1999
‘And suddenly all these problems I keep hearing about I have with my sister that I don’t have with my sister. And they’re just popping up all the place, ‘he added.
The Mississippi native added, ‘And I’m asked about them as if they’re real issues. “So what happened? And so and so and so and so.” Oh, I wasn’t aware of that. ”
‘”And so all so now they’re keeping a secret. So Eric won’t talk about it.” So it blew up and blew up and became all these things it wasn’t.
‘And we don’t agree on a lot of things,’ Eric explained. ‘My sister and I though, we’ve always talked, we’ve always bitched and we’ve always had fun knowing each other. Simple as that. ‘
Hitting back: The Best of the Best performer went on to criticize the media scrutiny of his relationship with Julia after she skyrocketed to fame following the release of her hit romantic comedy Pretty Woman in 1990. Seen in 1985
David noted that siblings rarely agree on everything to which Eric replied, ‘Don’t get me wrong. I love knowing my sister. She’s, she’s a cool chick, my sister. ‘
The Academy Award nominee explained that Julia’s life is not easy as she balances raising three teenagers and starring in the Hulu political thriller Gaslit.
‘She’s got these three adolescent children now. I mean, her life, her life is not a day at the beach, dude, ‘he said with a laugh. ‘You know? And, and she’s got a lot of s ** t she has to deal with.
Famous family: Eric shares daughter Emma, 32, with his ex Kelly Cunningham. Emma seen in 2021
‘And she’s doing a TV series again now. I mean, she’s doing a lot of stuff and you know, so, you know, I don’t, I don’t ignore it. I just stay out of her hair with the press. And that’s all. Simple. And she, and she stays out of mine. ‘
David then asked Eric if he loves being an uncle to his younger sister’s children. The Erin Brockovich star shares fraternal twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, 17, and son Henry, 14, with her husband Danny Moder, 53.
‘Well, I’ve got it made,’ Eric said. ‘I mean, I’ve got it made. And it’s like, it’s like being grandparent. I have my granddaughter. ‘
Eric’s stepdaughter Morgan has a daughter named Georgia. And Eric shares daughter Emma Roberts, 32, with his ex-partner Kelly Cunningham. Emma is mother to son Rhodes, one whom she shares with her ex Garrett Hedlund, 37.
He added, ‘I mean, I’m like, Spider-Man, I’m the ultimate guy. And it’s just really cool. And it’s the same as being an uncle, you know. ‘
‘What type of mom is Julia to these three kids?’ David asked.
The Runaway Train actor responded, ‘Oh, you know what, if I start doing that, I’m going to get myself in trouble no matter what I say.’
Eric: ‘And we don’t agree on a lot of things. My sister and I though, we’ve always talked, we’ve always bitched and we’ve always had fun knowing each other. Simple as that. ‘ Seen in May 2022
‘I don’t want to get you in trouble,’ the host said.
‘Thank you, buddy,’ Eric replied.
He added, ‘She’s a great mom, by the way. She’s a cool mom. She’s a hip mom. She knows it all. ‘
David said, ‘It’s not easy being the cool mom. I just think that is a media thing. Forget about you. Let’s not get you in trouble. Just anyone you look at. There’s a million people who have a mother / daughter in the business.
He continued, ‘It’s like, it’s, it’s something about the business. When there’s family members, especially siblings, I think it gets taken, and again, I can name a hundred other people. It gets taken in a strange direction. I do think that. ‘
‘Yeah, I know. I know, ‘Eric said. ‘I’ve been there.’
Over the years, Eric has only once talked openly about his relationship with Julia. In an interview with Vanity Fair in 2018, he admitted that his past struggles with drug addiction and his split with Kelly created a rift between him and Julia.
The Academy Award winner sided with Kelly after the separation and helped pay her legal fees during her custody battle with Eric over then two-year-old Emma.
Praise: Eric said Julia is a ‘hip mom’ and added that she ‘knows it all’. Seen in May 2022
During the interview, Eric reflected on his complicated relationship with Julia as well as his sister Lisa, 57.
He told Vanity Fair. ‘I wouldn’t characterize it as a falling-out. I was crazy about my sisters. Loved them, adored them. They were precious to me, and we had times of great closeness.
‘We all felt very protective of each other, but the hardest person to protect themselves from is themselves.’
The actor explained that his decades-long drug abuse caused Julia to distance herself from him.
‘I was exhausting to be around: complainy, blamey, unable to enjoy enjoyment,’ Eric said. ‘Everyone in my world needed a break sometimes, and that must have included Julia.’
Complicated: Eric reflected on his complicated relationship with Julia as well as his sister Lisa, 57. Lisa, Eric, Julia and Jon Voight seen in 1985
However, he explained that after years of estrangement, the siblings reunited in 2004 when Julia welcomed Hazel and Phinnaeus.
Eric said he visited the hospital after his younger sister gave birth ‘to drop off gifts.’
He added, ‘Instead I was ushered into their room and was immediately awash in brotherly and uncle-ly love.’
The performer went on to say that after that visit, they spent several Thanksgivings together and became ’email buddies.’
Eric also took credit for the successful careers of his sister and daughter, telling Vanity Fair, ‘If it wasn’t for me, there would be no Julia Roberts and no Emma Roberts as celebrities, as actresses, and I’m very proud of that.
‘When Julia first came to New York, I went into William Morris and I said,’ Which one of you is going to sign my sister Julia? ”
He added, ‘And I am so proud that everybody knows I was first, because I was first by a long shot. I was first to get Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations, so I’m proud of that. ‘