Duana’s the one who’s been waiting  for “Julia is 50!” all year here at LaineyGossip. She’s been sick this week so this “Julia at 50!” story might help.

Ahead of the release of her new film, Wonder, Julia covers the December 2017 issue of InStyle and, yes, the 50th birthday does come up, although she’s sounding like Duana’s more excited about it than she is:

“I always love my birthday,” she says, and she will celebrate “with open arms and gratitude … There’s nothing different about this birthday than any other one.” She’s adamant about this, in part because she’s troubled by reporters who ask her about turning 50 as if it must be a source of trauma. “Really, people?” she says. “Are we still in that space? Did anyone go over this with George Clooney or Brad [Pitt] before their 50th birthdays?”

She goes on to explain that she doesn’t think it’s fair that people are making a big deal about her turning 50, implying that the age fixation might be gendered. Which, really, is why Duana started doing it at the beginning of this year, in anticipation of the all the headlines (using Oprah’s voice) proclaiming that Julia is 50! That said, they did go over it with Brad Pitt when he turned 50. And Johnny Depp too. I’m not sure if was presented to them as a source of trauma though.

While she may not have a lot of exclamation points for her 50th birthday, Julia does have a lot of exclamation points for where she is right now in her life, her marriage, her relationship with her kids. Julia’s children are becoming teenagers. She’s been married 15 years. The point is, for someone who gave us so much drama earlier in her career, Julia wants us to know/think that there’s no drama here. Did you just smile when you read that? But it’s mostly true though, isn’t it?

In the last 15 years, there really hasn’t been all that much Julia Roberts drama. She’s dramatic – that’s how she’s built, with the laugh and her presence and her overall Julia-ness – but there’s been no drama, though it may feel that way because the tabloids are regularly reporting on the imminent end to her marriage with Danny Moder. The way she talks about him in this interview, it’s not about to happen. She says he’s away working. She’s waiting for him to come home. And in the meantime she’s with her three children. And there’s a lot of soccer. Seriously. Soccer comes up a lot. And the entire article ends on soccer too:

“And soccer every day,” confirms Roberts. “All roads lead back to Danny. And soccer.”

That’s the Julia who’s promoting Wonder right now. The one who’s not unlike all the other women out there whose roads lead back to their Dannys and to soccer.

Can they wear Western as well as she does though? I LOVE how she’s styled for this feature. Look at these boots!

Click here to see more photos and to read the entire article at InStyle.