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Julia Roberts Dreamed of Being a Vet

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The ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ actress opens up that she used to dream of spending her life helping animals, before discovering how hard science can be.

Julia Roberts wanted to be a vet. The “Eat, Pray, Love” actress used to dream of spending her life helping animals, but fell into acting because all her family work in the business.

“I wanted to be a vet,” said Julia, whose brother Eric Roberts and sister Lisa Roberts Gillan are actors and whose parents, Betty Lou and Walter Roberts, were at one-time actors and playwrights. “I love animals, but then I discovered how hard science can be. My parents and siblings are all actors, so I grew up around it.”

Although she loves her career, the 42-year-old star admits she doesn’t think acting is a very difficult skill to master. She explained, “It’s a great way to observe human behavior and how people react to things. It’s like grown-up pretend. My daughter does it all day, I just get paid for it.”

As well as showing an interest in animals, Julia is also passionate about the environment. She told Stylist magazine, “It’s probably my greatest concern, besides my babies.”

“My husband and I spend most of the year away from Hollywood in California, where we support Heal The Bay, a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping Southern California’s coastal waters clean. I also drive a bio diesel car and we compost everything. It’s a big commitment with three kids, but there’s so much valuable waste, you sort of have to.”

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