Over the course of their more than two decades together, Julia Roberts and her husband, who is not a renowned actor or musician, have managed to cultivate a healthy marriage. She also prioritized becoming a mother above her work, taking a break from it for 20 years when she was over 40 years old.
The former celebrity now lives an unremarkable life with her husband and children on a ranch in the middle of nowhere, where she also conducted their covert wedding ceremony.On the set of “The Mexican,” where Julia Roberts was working in the early spring of 2000, she was introduced to Danny Moder, a cinematographer.
At the time, both were involved in romantic relationships, with the actress dating another actor named Ben Bratt.
Vera Steimberg Moder, Danny’s wife and a makeup artist, and the two of them had been married for four years. Some individuals who are close to the cameraman’s family have said that his marriage to his wife was strained; yet, the connection that he began forming with Julia compelled him to file for divorce in June of 2001.
The actress of “Pretty Woman” used to visit the restaurants and stores located close to her flat in lower Manhattan while she was dating Bratt, but when they split up, her behavior shifted significantly in this regard. After she started meeting a previously unavailable Danny, she was seldom spotted at the places she frequented before.
The couple, who were now romantically involved, split their time between the cameraman’s apartment in Los Angeles and Julia’s property in Taos, which was valued at more than $5 million. In 1995, the actress decided she needed a place to get away from the hectic lifestyle of Hollywood, so she purchased a ranch.
The famous actress had a quiet life at the ranch, where she would walk all of her pets, socialize with the other villagers, have takeout from Taos Cow, and dance and make out with her boyfriend Danny in the evenings at the Alley Cantina. It seemed as if the two people were committed to one another on a long-term basis.
An claimed friend of the actress characterized the pair as loving, stable, and accepting of one another’s flaws. On the other side, Bratt wed Talisa Soto, his “Piero” co-star, in May of 2002, and he was never a fan of his popularity. Julia had severely said in an interview with Vanity Fair that Bratt never enjoyed his stardom.
“It’s like a fly that won’t leave you alone; it’s that mosquito that buzzes in your ear when you’re trying to sleep at night,” she said. “It’s like a fly that won’t leave you alone.”
On the other hand, a friend of Danny’s claims that he stood out from the crowd because he enjoyed every “aspect” of who Julia was and still welcomed her. The close friend had positive things to say about the cinematographer, praising him as someone who appreciated the actress for who she was.
Julia was not as well-known as Danny, and it was unusual for a celebrity of her status to date someone who might be described as “basic.” There were rumors in the tabloids about their relationship, but the couple’s love was undeniable, and the cameraman demonstrated that he was prepared to deal with her popularity for the rest of his life.
On July 4, 2002, Julia invited several of her close friends over to her ranch for what they thought was going to be a celebratory late-night drink for Independence Day. People came in from as far away as New York City, Los Angeles, and Atlanta to see the celebrity’s 82-acre property in New Mexico.
During the afternoon of that day, the visitors played hoops and football, ate homemade turkey that had been prepared by Julia, and hung out by the swimming pool owned by the actress. During the night, there were several individuals who wanted to sleep; nevertheless, a companion described how the star insisted that they remain where they were.
When midnight arrived, the small company gathered on lawn chairs arranged in a semicircle inside the property’s little religious meeting house. It exuded an air of seclusion and romance thanks to the lovely Chinese lanterns and candles that adorned its interior.
Both Danny and Julia were taken aback when they found themselves standing on an arch constructed of pink and white silk sheaths. They strolled to a circle that was strewn with rose petals in various colors, including red, white, and pink, and at that point, the majority of the visitors became aware of what was about to take place.
When they understood what was going on, they immediately began to celebrate. The videographer went down on one knee and proposed to the actress, and she accepted his proposal by putting her hands on her heart and responding with “yes” while the audience yelled the word along with her!
The entire experience, according to a buddy, gave them the impression that they were eavesdropping since it was so personal and amazing. Barry Hirsch, Julia’s attorney and a close friend for many years presided over the private ceremony that brought together the then-34-year-old actress and the 33-year-old cinematographer.
Platt said that it was a “amazing” experience to see such a thing. The actress announced in December 2006 that she was going to be a mother for the third time, and at the age of 39, she gave birth to a boy who was given the name Henry Daniel Moder the following year.
Julia’s attorney, Marcy Engelman, said that the family was doing well and that the newborn little boy weighed 8 and a half pounds when he was delivered in Los Angeles. On the ranch, the famous couple, together with their children, had a peaceful and ordinary existence.
In 2013, USA Today made the observation that Julia didn’t post many images of her children on Instagram, although her husband was happy to do so. She also did not post updates about where she was on Twitter, and when an actor friend handed her a book of J.D. Salinger’s short tales, she demonstrated how grounded she was in reality by reading them.
According to the tabloid, the celebrity hand-wrote a thank-you message on paper, which was then delivered to the pal immediately. Julia managed to avoid the spotlight despite having held the title of highest-paid actress in the history of the entertainment industry.
She would go to any of her residences in the state of New Mexico, the state of California, or the city of Manhattan. The famous actress previously said that the way she and Danny planned their lives was done so that they could better safeguard their children, and she continued by saying:
“All we want is to be left alone to enjoy our family life without any interruptions,” the couple said.