In June 2007, five months after baring her belly in a bikini, Julia gave birth to her third child, a little boy named Henry.
Julia, 40, says her twins, Hazel and Phinnaeus (both almost 3), were born at 1:21 and 1:22. Then, two and a half years later, Henry (now 5-months-old) was born at 1:23! “I have to say, little Henry’s the sweetest child known to mankind,” she says. “I think I can say that objectively.”
She’ll get no argument from Oprah, who stopped by Julia’s hotel room to see the children. “Henry is the cutest Munchkin,” Oprah says. “He’s just the cutest baby boy.”
“I didn’t find Henry as cute,” Tom jokes. “I thought, ‘He’s small, and he smells good. He has an innocent baby-like quality to him.’ But as far as being off the scale cute, I found him to be like an 8 or a 9 on a scale of 10.”
Julia says Henry’s arrival has changed their family forever. “It just completed us,” she says. “We’re complete. We’re a good five-some.”
With three children and a loving husband at home, Julia says choosing her next movie has become more difficult. “I just made a decision to make a movie next year, and I found it was almost too big of a decision because I don’t make it a lot,” she says. “I’m out of the practice of making the decision.”
When Oprah and Julia tried to slip away to have a drink at Julia’s hotel, Oprah says Finn held onto his mom and said, “Mom, I don’t want you to go. I don’t want you to go.”
“So I’m thinking, we’re just going to go downstairs and have some bubbly water,” Oprah says. “What happens when you want to go away to do a movie?”
Thankfully, Julia didn’t have to go far to shoot some scenes in Charlie Wilson’s War, but when she did have to travel, she says she consulted her family first.
“It’s a real team effort in our house,” she says. “Everything that goes on has to sort of pass everybody’s approval. Danny and the kids, everybody has to want to go and be part of it or else it doesn’t work. Moms know what it’s like when you leave the house, and your kids are crying and saying, ‘Don’t go.’ So I usually don’t go.”
And for Oprah fans…the annual Oprah’s Favorite Things show is on today. I saw it once (quite a few years ago) and found it interesting, but ever since then I have found it rather repulsive. It seems to get more yucky every year. It is such a sad way to kick off the holiday season…it is such a crass and embarrassing display of materialism. I don’t understand why Oprah bothers with it. If you think I’m being extreme and haven’t seen it before, check it out and you’ll see! All the 40+ women in the audience squeal with delight at every new gadget or fancy fudge that is unveiled as if Oprah had just discovered the cure for cancer. The holidays have been so hijacked by consumerism.