For mega-star Julia Roberts, being a mother and wife takes the cake for best occupation. “It’s my privilege and honor to cook three meals a day for my family,” shares the mom-of-three with Marie Claire magazine. “And it’s a luxury on a level that I didn’t even realize, because it can be relentless for me on some days. You have pride in how you take care of your family.”

The veteran actress, who stars alongside Meryl Streep in “August: Osage County,” out Christmas Day, also reflects back on her career in the magazine’s December issue and what it was like working with an equally big Hollywood icon.

“I think the reason I’ve been able to enjoy my career is that I always knew, for some reason – even when it was about getting a job to pay your bills and stuff – I always knew that it will surface, it will come,” says the Oscar winner. “The things that are correct for me will come to me at the time that I am interested in them and have the capacity, the understanding, to do them.”

She shares that working with Meryl in the big-screen adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play was a dream come true and even better than she anticipated. “I had many imaginary conversations with Meryl about working together,” she says. “When a person goes from being on a pedestal in your mind, to even cooler, better, and more fabulous up close, you get to understand them a little more intimately.”

And because of Julia’s superstar status, she's careful never Google’s herself and swears off social media. “It’s kind of like cotton candy,” the actress says of sites like Twitter and Facebook. “It looks so appealing and you just can’t resist getting in there, and then you just end up with sticky fingers and it lasted an instant.”