Who are Hazel and Phinnaeus, Julia Roberts' 19-year-old twins?


The actress shares a rare photo of her children to commemorate their birthday

Julia Roberts with her twins, Hazel and Phinnaeus, as infants.
Julia Roberts with her twins, Hazel and Phinnaeus, as infants.INSTAGRAM

It feels like just yesterday that America's sweetheart Julia Roberts (56) announced to the world that she had become the mother of twins. As Hazel and Phinnaeus recently celebrated their 19th birthday, the star of Pretty Woman didn't hesitate to share a heartwarming image on her Instagram, holding her children tenderly as infants. She wanted to congratulate them on this new milestone, writing that "there are no words to describe the joy, fun, and chaos of family life." Together with her husband, cinematographer Daniel Moder (54), they also have another son, Henry, 16.

Since they were born, their parents have always tried to keep them out of the media spotlight, so pictures of the twins have been scarce. However, judging from some pictures Daniel has posted on his social media, Hazel is looking increasingly like him, while Phinnaeus takes after the actress, particularly because his reddish-brown hair matches Roberts' early career look. The actress has swiftly quipped in various interviews, with a great sense of humor, that fortunately, they take after their father.

In 2020, the family decided to step away from the luxuries and allure of Hollywood, opting for a quieter life in San Francisco where they purchased a century-old Victorian mansion for $8.3 million in the exclusive Presidio Heights neighborhood, separated from the Golden Gate by an expansive park. The city is also home to former US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (83), Mark Zuckerberg (39), and romantic novelist Danielle Steel (76). They've been so overprotective that Hazel only made her red carpet debut in 2021 at the Cannes International Film Festival to support her father's movie, Flag Day.

Last year, the twins began university. For the actress, it was one of the most exciting moments of her life, as she couldn't pursue higher education due to professional commitments. They are studying Fine Arts and Computer and Information Science at the University of California at Berkeley, located in the San Francisco Bay Area. According to Closer Weekly magazine, it's unclear who's studying what.

As reported by several American media outlets through friends of Julia and Daniel, married since 2002, their three children are adorable, kind-hearted, and grounded — something the actress has always insisted upon. No looking down on others and always striving to empathize with people.

In a male-dominated household, Julia Roberts considers Hazel her special girl. That's why, over the years, she has kept some of her dresses in case the teenager decides to wear them on special occasions. As she confessed to People magazine, one of her most iconic designs, the Valentino dress that she wore when she won the Oscar for Best Actress for Erin Brockovich is stored in a box under her bed. Fans were astonished by how she had it tucked away all these years later.

The three Moder-Roberts children have inherited their father's passion for outdoor activities, such as playing soccer, golfing, and surfing — one of their favorite pastimes while living in their Pacific Ocean-facing Malibu mansion, albeit one they couldn't fully enjoy due to the presence of paparazzi. And if they want to be fully immersed in nature away from prying eyes, they head to the small town of Taos in New Mexico, where Julia and Daniel own a 13-hectare ranch.

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