Julia Roberts certainly did not expect to make such a discovery about herself on television… And yet, the teams of the show “Finding Your Roots” did indeed tell her that she was not probably not who she thought she was.
Finding Your Roots (“Discover your origins” in French) is a popular show with Americans. Broadcast on the PBS channel, it intends to trace the family trees of celebrities in order to teach them a little more about their personal history. On January 3, it was therefore the turn of Julia Roberts to get into the game. And the least we can say is that she should not have expected such a turnaround…
Julia Roberts discovers that she is not a Roberts!
Indeed, thanks to the program’s historians, the 55-year-old actress has pinpointed a millennia-old family secret. A few days before his participation in the program, the icon of the cult film Pretty Woman had indeed undergone some tests DNAas well as one of his first cousins. Tests that finally allowed her to realize that she was not genetically related to her great-great-grandfather, Willis Roberts.
Is Julia Roberts Actually a “Roberts”? Julia Roberts learns through DNA that her great-great grandfather Willis Roberts could not be related to her. Watch her reaction from tonights season premiere of #FindingYourRoots here -> pic.twitter.com/MAd8Mtzlza
— Henry Louis Gates Jr (@HenryLouisGates) January 4, 2023
In effect, the latter would have died ten years before the birth of the great-grandfather of the actress, the one that the whole family of Julia Roberts thought was her son. But according to Henry Louis Gate JR, the show’s historian and host, he is actually descended from a certain Henry McDonald Mitchell Jr who is said to have had an affair with Julia Roberts’ great-great-grandmother, Rhoda Suttle Robertsfor many years.
What was Julia Roberts’ reaction to this surprising discovery?
A most surprising discovery that left the Hollywood star speechless. “Wow! Pinch me I’m dreaming! So we’re Mitchells?”, she first reacted. Before the presenter of the program confirms to him: “Biologically speaking, you are not a Roberts”.
The actress “blown away” by this discovery “fascinating” then confided that she much preferred her current surname; Julia Roberts has been married to cameraman Daniel Moder since 2022, with whom she became the mother of three children. And it is up to her to affirm: “There’s a part of me that, when I’m calmer, can still accept the idea that my family is my family.”