Since her performance in the 1990 movie “Pretty Woman,” which is still one of the parts she is best known for, Julia Roberts has been one of the top leading ladies in Hollywood. Over the years, the celebrity has won various awards for her performances, including three Golden Globes and an Academy Award.
But in addition to her highly public climb to fame, Roberts also led a colorful private life that involved dating quite a few of her co-stars—not just one or two. She was actually quite the “Runaway Bride” in real life since, before settling down with the right person, she was previously married and engaged to a number of other guys.
It’s noteworthy to note that despite being one of the most well-known persons on the planet and dating nearly exclusively superstars throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Roberts married photographer Daniel Moder in 2002. Daniel is not a famous person even though he also works in the film and television industry like her.
The two met while working on the set of the film “The Mexican,” in which Roberts played the major role and Moder served as cameraman. They are parents of twins Phinnaeus and Hazel, all 17 years old, and Henry, a 14-year-old boy. Since they started dating, Julia has worked hard to keep her family and herself out of the spotlight.
However, the actress opened up to Gwyneth Paltrow on her “Goop” podcast in 2018 to chat about her marriage, among other issues, demonstrating how much she clearly loves her spouse of over 20 years. Her spouse, she claimed, is her “favorite person,” and she is more interested in his perspective than anybody else’s. Let’s learn more about the adored spouse of Roberts.
The actress had to go through a lot of possible suitors before she finally found the one, so her path to finding true love was anything from straight. Roberts nearly always dated other actors, frequently her co-stars, starting in the late 1980s when she started to rise in Hollywood. In fact, she was engaged to a number of men before their breakups, which in retrospect lends a whole new meaning to the phrase “runaway bride” (and her smash hit movie)!
Liam Neeson, who she met after the two co-starred in the 1988 film “Satisfaction,” about an all-girl rock band, was her first celebrity lover. They started dating and were together for more than a year before splitting up. Roberts was 19 years old at the time, while Neeson was 35 and well-established in Hollywood. This created a sizable age gap between the couple.
According to “The Kitty Kelley Files: Julia Roberts,” which was published by The Irish Times, the couple had a passionate relationship that led to them moving in together after just two weeks. Roberts’s connection with Neeson would be the first of many with other leading males.
In May 1988, not long after Roberts and Neeson called it quits, she started dating Dylan McDermott. Funny enough, they played newlyweds in the movie “Steel Magnolias,” where the two first met. In a case of life mimicking art, Roberts and McDermott were together for over two years, during which time they were engaged — the first of Roberts’ several engagements — but before they could exchange vows, the actress called it quits in 1990. The actress would go on to become engaged to several more guys after this one.
Roberts later met Kiefer Sutherland on a movie set when the two co-starred in “Flatliners,” much as she had done with Liam Neeson and Dylan McDermott. April 1990 marked the start of their relationship, and less than a year later, they announced Roberts’ second engagement.
But once more, it wasn’t meant to be, and Roberts called off her marriage to Sutherland, just as she had done with McDermott before they ever made it to the altar. Three days before their scheduled wedding date in June 1991, she did it again, and this time it wasn’t without controversy. When Roberts was supposed to marry Sutherland, it was said that she instead took a flight with actor Jason Patric, who also happened to be a close friend of his. The two took out for Ireland and, although having a brief affair, broke up by 1992.
Roberts would eventually settle down and wed actor and musician Lyle Lovett in 1993 after two unsuccessful engagements. When the two initially met on the set of “The Player” in 1992, there are rumors that they clicked right away. By June of the following year, they were married, making it Roberts’ first successful union. It wasn’t meant to be, though, and the couple filed for divorce in March 1995.
Between 1995 and 1996, Roberts was linked to “Friends” actor Matthew Perry after her divorce from Lovett; however, nothing is known about their relationship. According to rumors, Roberts’ guest appearance on “Friends” in 1994 was the catalyst for their relationship, which is consistent with her history of dating co-stars. However, the union didn’t last.
Fans of Roberts will no doubt be aware of her friendship with actor Benjamin Bratt; after all, she publicly praised him for helping her win the Oscar for “Erin Brockovich” in 2001. They were together for over four years, making it one of her longest relationships.
Before they were introduced via friends, it is said that the actress and Bratt initially spoke in a restaurant in November 1997. Despite giving the impression that they were together for the long haul, they ultimately broke up in June 2001, which also happened to be the same month that Roberts’ film, which she co-wrote with Moder, was released.
Roberts spent years ending her own engagements and marriages, but when she met her future husband, she realized she had finally found the one. Despite not being an actor like the most of her ex-boyfriends, Moder and Roberts did meet on a set. Cameraman Moder had contributed to the 2001 film “The Mexican,” which featured Roberts and Brad Pitt.
Moder was still wed to his first wife Vera Steimberg when he met Roberts, so that was a slight problem before the two fell in love. Nevertheless, Moder divorced his wife soon after, and their relationship proved to be sincere. By June 2002, the couple had wed, and the bride had stopped running away.
A few years after being married, the couple had twins Phinnaeus and Hazel, now 17 years old, and a son named Henry, who is now 14. Despite her propensity to keep her personal affairs quiet, Roberts has occasionally spoken candidly about her relationship with Moder and the joy they share.
Roberts, who is often very secretive in interviews, surprisingly spoke out on how immensely amazing the connection she has with Moder during her interview with Gwyneth Paltrow for the GOOP Podcast in 2018. She uttered:
“I believe that meeting and marrying Danny was the first major “seismic change” in my life. That was the first time I felt like my life will never be the same in the most amazing manner imaginable.
She praised her spouse even more, calling him her “favorite human.” Added her:
He is unquestionably still my favorite person right now. More than anyone else, I’m interested in what he has to say or his point of view. In that regard, we are quite fortunate. We really adore one another and delight in each other’s company.
The actress continued by discussing her marriage and their decision to co-parent their children. We’ve been together for 18 years, and we’ve been married for 16 years, she remarked. It simply keeps getting deeper and more complicated. She continued by stating that you can never truly know how marriage would function until you actually enter into one:
“You don’t know if you’re going to like the same couch and you don’t know if he is going to want to get patterned towels,” the author writes, “but you’re young and you fall in love and go, “Yeah, we’re going to get married and we’re going to build a house and will have kids,” and all these things that we kind of dream of.”
She went on to say that everything came together for them pretty easily:
The greater questions are, of course, will you parent in a way that is balanced and according to philosophy. These things can only be understood when you are really performing them, thus it is a blessing that our methods have some sort of harmony that can be explained.
If Roberts’ entire adoration for Moder wasn’t already plain, she made it crystal clear when she said:
He was the wisest choice I’ve ever made,
Roberts has been speaking more candidly in recent years about her marriage. Although they had previously kept their relationship private, she has recently posted tributes on their wedding anniversary on her Instagram.
When she commemorated their 19th wedding anniversary last year, Roberts didn’t hold back. When July 4, 2021, came around, the actress felt compelled to publish something intimate. She posted an unguarded image of the two of them on a beach, grinning. Moder, however, looked to have just come out of the water since he was wrapped in a towel and had damp, disheveled hair. The image appeared to be a selfie with Roberts’ arm around Moder. She added the following as a nice caption:
“Only just getting started after 19 years!”
Given that their wedding anniversary falls on Independence Day, the red, white, and blue hearts look to be a tribute to the American flag. Rita Wilson, the wife of Tom Hanks, wished the pair a “happy joyful anniversary!” along with other famous friends and admirers. On the 20th, we’ve got to party hard! Even so, Roberts responded to her friend’s remark by saying, “We’re coming to your place!”
Roberts posted a heartfelt anniversary tribute to Moder in 2020, which featured a picture of her kissing him on the cheek as he grinned for the camera. “18 years #heckyes,” she wrote as the caption.
Then, in 2019, on the occasion of their 17th wedding anniversary, Julia posted a photo of herself wearing a T-shirt with a photograph of her husband when he was a child performing a wheelie on a bicycle. She gave it the hashtag #TheWheelieKingsWife.
For Mother’s Day that year, Moder posted a memorial to his wife in May. He said in his post, which featured a snapshot of their five members smiling for a sweet image, “That gorgeous mom in the middle. You have our undying love.
The couple’s children have largely avoided the media, although Hazel, then 17 years old, made her red carpet debut by traveling with her father to the Cannes Film Festival in France last year. For the film “Flag Day,” on which he served as cinematographer, Moder went there to promote it.
Hazel accompanied her father to the movie premiere even though she wasn’t in the movie, and it was very wonderful. Although she undoubtedly received traits from her mother, such as her grin and nose, Hazel’s innate beauty still shone through. In addition, her smiling blue eyes are an identical replica of her father’s. At the event, Daniel was a very supportive father, standing by Hazel’s side the entire time and giving her a hug.
Moder is without a doubt the one Roberts has been looking for, and the two of them have raised their children as a loving family. Roberts and Moder “really feel like soulmates,” an insider said in 2020, adding that the pair is “determined to remain together for the long run, whatever it takes.”