Julia Roberts on Being Lancome's Newest Face: 'It’s Kind of Like Every Girl’s Dream'

01/22/2010 at 12:56 PM ET

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Making her debut as Lancôme’s global ambassador at a dinner in Paris, Julia Roberts got frank about what it’s like to be the beauty brand’s newest spokesperson. “It’s kind of like every girl’s dream, really,” she tells WWD. “To be 42 and have three kids and be a working mom, it’s a great moment to be asked to do this and to be able to do it. I think it says a lot about Lancôme and what they stand for.” As for how she’s approaching her new role, the actress jokes, “I think I have to stand up straighter and wash my face more.” But Yousef Nabi, Lancôme International’s president, tells WWD that the actress took the assignment very seriously, explaining, “Julia really wants to be involved in the development of the products.” For her part, Roberts said, “I get all these things to play with and test and give my opinion about. And it’s quite exciting without having to invest all of myself in how I look because they did come to me as me, which is a pretty casual mom. But you know, it’s nice to up your game a little bit.” While Roberts is taking a down-to-earth attitude toward being the beauty industry’s newest supermodel, she’s already starring in her first campaign, for Définicils Precious Cells Mascara. Shot by photographer Mario Testino in a private Manhattan apartment, the ads will break in Europe this March before rolling out to the U.S. during the summer. We can’t wait to see them!–Katherine Kluznik Rentmeester

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Helene Holdgate on

Sad, that our country is in shambles but Julia Roberts landed every girl dream job at Lancome. Good for you Julia . . . lucky you, so deserved. I know I must sound cynical, but most families have at least one member unemployed. Maybe our dream has changed to just being able to pay bills. Get over your self, come on down from the ivory tower and get real.

To Helen Holdgate on

Why are you reading People.com? Are you expecting a lot of “Celebrities Looking for Jobs to Pay Bills” stories?

txdawn62 on

I understand your frustration with our current economic situation. However, one of the great things about this wonderful nation is that we live in a democratic society and not one that is socialist. There are many out in the world who suffer financially and there are many out there who have more money in the bank than me. I try to help those who are down trodden but I don’t resent those who have more. Instead, I’m happy for them. So Julia, congratulations on the new gig.

Donna on

It’s because of these stars getting the “DREAM JOBS” is what allows them to donate millions to people in need. Stop judging and read how much these stars donate from the money they earn doing these dream jobs. Over half of the money donated to the Red Cross during the tragedy in New Orleans and Haiti came from these stars you so guickly want to insult. Helen without them our government that discarded the people of New Orleans and Missippi after Katrina would have been even worse off.Stop judging, get a grip.Thank them.

Donna on

By the way before I get nabbed for miss-spelling the word Mississippi,my apologies. Mississippi.

Jae on

ambassador? really? i thought the term ambassador was reserved for representatives of various countries and international organizations dedicated to helping people like the UN. “The newest Lancome Ambassador is working tirelessly to bring the latest shades of lipstick and blush to the worldwide victims of grotesque ugliness.”…thank you Julia, thank you! Kinda pales in comparison to the UN Ambassador of refugees, Angelina Jolie, helping all those displaced victims of war and poverty…

Jae on

BTW people like Renee Zellweger and Meryl Streep make plenty of money and have made countless donations to organizations without having to sell out their artistry to pimp lipstick and mascara. Why can’t actors just be actors?

CC on

It’s true that many people are unemployed, but plenty of people have enough money to keep buying Lancome or else Julia Roberts wouldn’t have this job…

SarahF on

Helene, I have a solution for you !! If you resent celebrities for being rich when you or others are not, don’t buy anything that is celebrity endorsed, don’t go to the movies or to any Broadway shows and don’t buy anything designer.

There you have it ! You save by not buying those things therefore your richer and they don’t gain from your contribution therefore they have less. Does that make sense ?

OF COURSE NOT !! Get real Helene!

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