In reality, this picture shows two photographs of Roberts from 1989 and 2013. They were combined with editing software for a special feature article on People.com in 2019. It was titled, "'Pretty Woman' Turns 30: See the Cast With Their Younger Selves." In 2022, the picture appeared in an online advertisement that claimed it showed Roberts with her daughter, Hazel Moder. The misleading clickbait ad led to a 40-page slideshow article that never even mentioned Roberts once.
The ad read, "Julia Roberts' Daughter Turns 16 And Is Her Replica." We clicked the ad and flipped through 40 pages in a slideshow article, tapping "Next Page" over and over. Roberts never appeared in the story. The ad was misleading clickbait.
As some readers may have suspected, this picture had been doctored and did not show Roberts' daughter. According to People.com, it showed a bit of "Photoshop magic," combining two photographs of the actor from different decades. It came from People.com's 2019 article titled, "'Pretty Woman' Turns 30: See the Cast With Their Younger Selves." (The publisher previously credited these kinds of illustrations to artists Linzi Silverman and Tiffany Hagler-Geard.)
We initially weren't able to find the original photograph for the picture of Roberts on the right. However, we noticed the outfit that she was wearing was white with a lower floral pattern, as seen here in a larger version of the picture:
This outfit with the floral pattern led us to search various events that Roberts had attended in recent years. We soon found on the Getty Images website that she wore it to the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards on Oct. 21, 2013. We then flipped through dozens of photographs and found a similar picture. It turned out that she had been posing with film producer Jerry Weintraub:
Weintraub's left hand is visible on Roberts' left shoulder. Looking back at the picture made for People.com, readers may be able to see where his hand was removed from the original photograph.
Well, hello there, Hazel!
It's extremely rare for Julia Roberts and Danny Moder's kids to be in the spotlight, so July 10 was a very special occasion for the star-studded family. Together at the famously fancy Cannes Film Festival, Roberts' husband of nearly 20 years and their daughter Hazel Moder walked the red carpet for the screening of Sean Penn's thriller, Flag Day, on which Danny served as cinematographer.
In sum, no, the picture in the online ad did not show Roberts' daughter. It was just an illustration to show the famous Hollywood celebrity with her younger self.
Bender, Kelli. “PEOPLE’s Most Beautiful Issue Winners Posing With Their Younger Selves.” People.com, 23 Apr. 2014, https://people.com/celebrity/peoples-most-beautiful-issue-winners-posing-with-their-younger-selves/.
---. “Pretty Woman Turns 30: See the Cast With Their Younger Selves.” People.com, 23 Mar. 2019, https://people.com/movies/pretty-woman-25th-anniversary-julia-roberts-richard-younger-selves-photos/.
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