Julia Roberts wanted to be a vet

Updated: Jul 15, 2010, 13:52 PM IST

London: Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts aimed to be a vet before embarking upon a career in Hollywood.

The 42-year-old actress wanted to fulfil her dream by helping animals and becoming a vet but was unable to make it as she belongs to a business class family, Contactmusic reported.

"I wanted to be a vet. I love animals, but then I discovered how hard science can be. My parents and siblings are all actors, so I grew up around it," Roberts said.

However, the `Eat, Pray, Love` star has no regrets that she could not fulfill her dreams and started acting instead.

"It`s a great way to observe human behaviour and how people react to things. It`s like grown-up pretend. My daughter does it all day, I just get paid for it," Roberts added.

The actress is also involved with environmental issues which is her greatest concern besides her kids.

"My husband and I spend most of the year away from Hollywood in California, where we support Heal The Bay, a non-profit organisation dedicated to keeping Southern California`s coastal waters clean," Roberts said.

"I also drive a biodiesel car and we compost everything. It`s a big commitment with three kids, but there`s so much valuable waste, you sort of have to," she