Julia Roberts weighs in on the college admissions scandal, saying parents' lack of faith in their kids is 'so sad'

Jordin Althaus/E! Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesJulia Roberts on the set of Busy Tonight.
  • Julia Roberts said in an interview with ITV’s “Lorraine” that she found the college admissions scandal“so sad” because it revealed parents’ lack of faith in their children.
  • Federal authorities charged dozens of wealthy, prominent parents last week with paying bribes to have their children admitted to top schools under false pretenses.
  • Roberts compared the scandal to her own parenting style, acknowledging that her children have certain “advantages,” but that ultimately “they have to run their own race.”

Julia Roberts is the latest celebrity to weigh in on the college admissions scandal that swept up fellow Hollywood actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, as well as dozens of other wealthy parents.

Federal authorities netted 50 people last week in a wide-ranging indictment alleging that parents paid bribes to have their children secure spots at top schools across the country.

Roberts said in an interview on ITV’s “Lorraine” that she found the scandal “so sad.”

“To bring the college situation into the mix … that, to me, is so sad,” Roberts said, “Because I feel from an outsider that it says a little bit, ‘I don’t have faith in you.'”

A number of the parents charged in the scandal expressed fears that their children wouldn’t qualify to their desired colleges on their own merits. Some of the children were accepted to the colleges as athletic recruits, despite not playing the sports in question, and other children’s SAT scores were fraudulently boosted.

Read more: Here’s how Lori Loughlin got her 2 influencer daughters with millions of followers into USC through an admissions scam, according to investigators

Documents released by federal authorities last week detailed a number of elaborate schemes to pass off the parents’ children as being more skilled or accomplished than they actually were. Some parents even went so far as to Photoshop their children’s heads over images of actual athletes, and submitted the edited photos as part of the applications.

In her interview, Roberts compared the college admissions scandal to how she and her husband, Danny Moder, are raising their own three children in a wealthy, privileged household.

She said she knew her children had “advantages” and that they won’t face the same challenges she did growing up – but she added that she didn’t want to clear every single obstacle in life for them either.

“I raise my kids now, I don’t want them to have some of the struggles that I had. But at the same time, you do need to know how to make your bed and do your laundry and make one meal. These are important life skills,” she said.

She added: “They have to run their own race. They have to have their own experience.”

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