Julia Roberts is on a mission to ensure kindness always trumps criticism. The actress, who stars in the inspiring new film Wonder, believes that judging one another has become “a sport” and it’s time for everyone to grow up. “It’s all so petty, and we’re grown-up people. There have to be more interesting things to note about one another,” said Julia. The mother of three made the powerful statement during a recent chat with Good Housekeeping.
She also commented on kindness at home, and explained why unconditional love is often misconstrued. “I think some people confuse unconditional love with spoiling. None of my kids would think I have a problem with that distinction,” said the 50-year-old, adding, “I do love them unconditionally, and I try, when they do something wrong, to say ‘This doesn’t change the amount of love in this house for you, but you’ve got to do your homework.’”
Julia’s young co-star in Wonder, Canada’s Jacob Tremblay, has been on his own mission to spread kindness. He often posts messages on Instagram urging other young people to #ChooseKind. If the star’s social media posts don’t inspire, his performance in the film adaptation of Raquel J. Palacio’s book is guaranteed to change your perspective on life. The movie follows the life of 10-year-old August "Auggie" Pullman, who suffers from a rare facial deformity. After being homeschooled most of his life, his parents decide to enroll him in public school, where he faces hurtful and heartbreaking bullying from classmates.