09:05 PM EDT 10/16/2013
Originally posted 08/13/2010 11:00AM
In the new movie Eat Pray Love, Julia Roberts steals the scene as Liz Gilbert, a globetrotting, hopeless romantic who takes off for Italy, India and Indonesia to find herself. But the character of Gilbert wasn't a composite imagined in Hollywood – you just can't conjure all that carb consumption.
Before you catch the chick flick, meet the real Elizabeth Gilbert, who penned the 2006 bestselling memoir based on her own soul-searching journey.
1. She's Self-Taught
Although she took a few writing classes while attending New York University, Gilbert didn't make her magic happen in a classroom. The author opted to create her own post-graduate writing program. The curriculum? Years of traveling (the country and the world), odds-and-ends jobs (from restaurants to ranches) – and lots of eavesdropping (for inspiration, natch).
Originally posted 08/11/2010 03:00PM
Julia Roberts may have gained 7 lbs. from eating bowls of spaghetti, gelato and decadent desserts in Rome while she filmed Eat Pray Love, but don't expect to find her three children eating rich sugary foods at home.
"I'm a pretty strict mom when it comes to sweets," the Oscar winner, 42, told PEOPLE at Tuesday's Eat Pray Love premiere in New York City. "Even though I have such a sweet tooth myself."
Roberts admits she only allows twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, 5, and son Henry, 3, to eat candy and junk food on special occasions. "You want sweets, ice cream and cake to be a great treat and a celebration," she says. "Something that's not everyday. I think this makes them appreciate it when they do have it."
Originally posted 08/04/2010 02:50PM
Julia Roberts wants to age gracefully, but there's another reason why she'll say no to plastic surgery – especially on her face.
"I want my kids to know when I'm pissed, when I'm happy and when I'm confounded," the actress, 42, and new face of Lancome, tells Elle in its September issue. "Your face tells a story and it shouldn't be a story about your drive to the doctor's office."
Roberts says she simply doesn't understand why some would go to all lengths to hold onto their youth.
Originally posted 08/03/2010 02:10PM
It was an appropriate setting for a movie titled Eat Pray Love: fresh oysters, white sturgeon caviar, summer squash – and that's barely the first course.
Less than two weeks before their film arrives in theaters, the cast and crew of Eat Pray Love celebrated with a seven-course meal at The French Laundry in Napa Valley, Calif. The dinner came after a press junket, which took place in the area.
Leading lady Julia Roberts, who was joined by husband Danny Moder, dined alongside her costars, including Javier Bardem, Billy Crudup and Richard Jenkins. Also in attendance: director Ryan Murphy, who created Fox's hit show, Glee.
Top 10 News Categories
The most buzzed about stars this minute!
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
More On PEOPLE.com
Got a News Tip?
Send it to our People.com editors!