Always in her heart. Julia Roberts always had a great big smile on her face, but she of course got that from her late mom Betty — and the actress recently opened up about her on social media.
The 52-year-old took to Instagram on Wednesday, February 19, to share a beautiful selfie with her mom on the fifth anniversary of her death. “Miss her everyday,” the A-lister wrote alongside the pic. People were of course touched by the tribute, as they took to the comments section to respond.
“Now we know where your radiant smile comes from,” one person responded. Betty died in 2015 at the age of 80 after a battle with lung cancer. While the Hollywood star has been pretty quiet about her loss, she hasn’t been completely private about it. She once touched on the fact that her mother — who was an actress and an acting coach — was all about working hard.
“My mom worked a full-time job and raised three girls pretty much on her own,” the Oscar-winner revealed to People during an interview. “My brother [actor Eric Roberts] is older, so he was gone and out of the house. She never showed the strain of it.” Julia also spoke about just how much her little ones still think about their amazing grandmother.
“The kids talk about her a lot,” Julia told the outlet. “It’s funny because her name was Betty and I feel like lately, she just crosses my mind, and I’ll turn and I see something that says ‘Betty,’ just unexpectedly. In Africa, I saw the name twice when I was thinking about her.” The Hollywood star and her husband, Danny Moder, share three children together: sons Phinnaeus, 15, and Henry, 12, and daughter Hazel, 15. Julia also recalled having an important conversation about motherhood with her mom.
“I was like, ‘Mom, how did you do this?'” the Pretty Woman star recalled. “And instead of saying, ‘Well, you just have to apply yourself and it takes effort,’ she goes, ‘It’s called daycare, honey.’ And I was so appreciative and so grateful she didn’t tell me some sage, b–lshit story about what it’s like to be a great mother.” Aww!