Julia Roberts Moved by Red Nose Day School Visit
Entertainment| | By Sara Wilkins
Julia Roberts had to fight her emotions as she met children living in poverty in Arizona as part of Red Nose Day.
The Pretty Woman star recently returned to school to learn all about the Children First Academy in Phoenix, where all of the students live below the poverty line, and many are also homeless.
In addition to giving kids an education, staff at the facility also provide their families with social services and medical care, and hand out boxes of food each month to help struggling locals get by.
Roberts, a mother of three, admits she was moved by what Children First Academy officials do for their community, and she is urging members of the public to donate what they can to help keep facilities like theirs open.
“It’s just amazing how much they can provide in this very small space for a huge amount of children who are entitled to care and love,” she explained during a pre-recorded joint interview with filmmaker and Red Nose Day co-founder Richard Curtis, which aired on Today on Thursday.
“It’s not to be overwhelmed by how incredibly unfortunate and sad it is,” she continued. “It’s to realize we can all rise up and actually participate in altering it.”
At the end of the interview, Roberts even modeled the charity’s red nose prop for the cameras, saying, “I’m not embarrassed (to wear the red nose). I’ll do anything for these kids I met.”
The Red Nose Day telethon launched last year, and Roberts lent her support to the cause by appearing in a comedy sketch, in which she jokingly confessed to having her movies dubbed, because her real voice was so deep.
The second annual event will take place on Thursday night and feature an array of stars, including musicians Celine Dion, Bono, Sir Elton John, Blake Shelton, and Mandy Moore.
They will join Ellen DeGeneres, Jack Black, Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Vince Vaughn, Emma Thompson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Zac Efron, Liam Neeson, and others participating in the live broadcast, which will feature comedy skits, musical performances and short films, all intended to raise awareness about the plight of children in need around the world.
The initiative has already raised more than $23 million since its 2015 debut.
The event launched in the U.K. over three decades ago and has raised more than $1 billion.