In conjunction with the highly anticipated release of "Eat, Pray, Love" (in theaters August 13), which follows Roberts's character on a soul-searching journey across the world, the glossy dressed the 42-year-old mega star in the aforementioned three themes for its September issue.
Although none of the covers are particularly easy to identify as "Eat," "Pray" or "Love," the later cover has got to be our favorite.
On the "Love" cover, Roberts wears a romantic, body-hugging floral-print dress by Dolce & Gabbana paired with jewelry by Me&Ro, Bulgari's Vintage Collection, and David Yurman. Her hair is loose, sexy, and tousled.
For "Eat," the actress reveals bare shoulders and accessorizes with a simple bracelet, while on the more conservative "Pray" cover, Roberts dons a sharp white suit and straight hair.
The multi-page fashion spread in the magazine takes the three themes a bit further. Just like Roberts's character, who travels to Italy ("Eat"), India ("Pray"), and Bali ("Love"), Elle's editors dressed the starlet in garments reflecting the vibrance of each country.
To symbolize the spirit of India, the actress wears ethnic-inspired designs by Roberto Cavalli and Etro, while in the Bali-themed "Love" shoot, a hippie-dippy Roberts poses with her husband Danny Moder and wears vintage dresses from the '60s and '70s along with a shearling Burberry coat.
In the accompanying article, Roberts opens up about her intense love for Moder and their two kids ("The children became the shooting stars of him, of that thing we have. How lucky we are that we love each other so much that we burst into three pieces"), as well as her disapproval of movie stars resorting to botox and plastic surgery at the first sign of aging.
"It's unfortunate that we live in such a panicked, dysmorphic society where women don't even give themselves a chance to see what they'll look like as older persons," she says.
"I want to have some idea of what I'll look like before I start cleaning the slates. I want my kids to know when I'm pissed, when I'm happy and when I'm confounded. Your face tells a story... and it shouldn't be a story about your drive to the doctor's office."
To read more of the Julia Roberts Elle interview and see her photo shoot in its entirety, visit Elle.com and pick up the September issue on newsstands August 11.
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