Julia Roberts on Impressing Husband, Family Life and ‘Whippersnapper’ Jennifer Lawrence

Julia Roberts shares her thoughts about family and Jennifer Lawrence.

ByABC News
November 11, 2015, 7:44 AM

— -- Julia Roberts has a few thoughts about Jennifer Lawrence’s op-ed piece on gender pay gap in Hollywood.

“I applaud her. She's a young, fabulous, talented whippersnapper and I love that she's stirring things up,” Roberts told Michael Strahan on "Good Morning America" when he asked what she thought about Lawrence's thought-provoking opinions.

“I mean, she just -- she's so energetic and seems to speak her mind and I think it's great. I think it's great to kind of shake things up," continued Roberts. "I think it's great to go, ‘Excuse me. Over here. I know something now and I'm frustrated by it and why is this?’”

Roberts, 48, talked to Strahan about her new movie, “Secret in Their Eyes,” in which she plays a detective investigating the murder of her own daughter.

Danny Moder, the actress’ husband of 13 years, was a cinematographer on the film. Strahan asked the actress what it was like to work with Moder.

Roberts admitted that she tried to “impress” her husband as much as she did her director.

“He's my person,” she said of Moder. “I think I definitely tried to go more, find more to kind of make him go, ‘Oh, I did not expect her to do that.’”

Robert and Moder have three children –- 10-year-olds Hazel and Phinnaeus, and 8-year-old Henry -- and the actress told Strahan she once spent an entire day at Hazel’s school to understand what school life was like for her daughter. She realized it was a “relentless pursuit of knowledge.”

“By the time the end of the day came -- and this is no opinion of the teacher, the classroom, the students, the environment -- by the time the bell rang to go home, this is what I know. No child wants to get in the car and have their parent say, ‘How was your day?’” she said, laughing.

“Secrets in Their Eyes” opens on Nov. 20.