With stars like Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman accused of bribing their kids’ way into college, many celebrities have publicly reacted to the massive university admissions scandal. Among them is Julia Roberts, who recently voiced her own disapproval of the scam.
“That to me is so sad. Because I feel, from an outsider, that it says a little bit, ‘I don’t have enough faith in you,'” the 51-year-old said during an interview on ET Canada Live to promote her new movie, Ben is Back.
Roberts went on to explain how she and husband Danny Moder have tried to raise their own three kids to be independent and self-sufficient. “[We] are very aligned on that front, I think that we live a very normal experience with our children,” she said, adding that “obviously we have advantages that we didn’t have as children. But I think that’s the unique part of it, coming from the childhood that I have.”
The Pretty Woman star said that while she doesn’t necessarily want Hazel and Finn, 14, and Henry, 11, to have the same struggles that she did growing up, she does teach them what she calls “important life skills,” like “how to make your bed and do your laundry and make one meal.”
Why? “They have to run their own race. They have to have their own experience,” Roberts explained.
Other celebrities who have recently responded to the admissions scandal include Jim Carrey and Olivia Munn. On Twitter, Carrey posted, “It’s not only Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman and their kids, but ALL cheaters who will eventually receive a failing grade.”
Munn chimed in with a similar tweet: “What these parents did wasn’t for love, it was for fancy diplomas. Love would’ve made you spend that money on tutors to make your kids smarter, giving them an actual education.”