I am a practising Hindu: Julia Roberts
London: 'Pretty Woman' Julia Roberts has converted to Hinduism in the hope of having a peaceful life in her next incarnation and the Hollywood superstar regularly visits temples with her family to "chant, pray and celebrate".
The 42-year-old American actress, who was born to a Baptist and Catholic couple, is now a practising Hindu after visiting India while shooting her upcoming movie 'Eat Pray Love', reported Daily Telegraph.
Speaking to the September issue of Elle magazine, the Academy award winning actress said she now goes to temples accompanied by her cameraman husband Daniel Moder and their three children, Hazel, Phinnaeus and Henry.
"I'm definitely a practising Hindu. I've been so spoiled with my friends and family in this life. Next time I want to be just something quiet and supporting," said Roberts.
The 'Pretty Woman' star was introduced to the Eastern philosophy while shooting for 'Eat Pray Love', the movie based on the best-selling book by Elizabeth Gilbert, about a recently-divorced woman travelling the world trying to find herself.
The character visits Italy for food, India for spirituality and Bali, where she finds love.
Roberts who is an avid follower of yoga and has a production company called 'Red Om Films', has been welcomed by
Hindu leaders in the US and Britain who hope that the
conversion is not a "cheap publicity stunt" to promote her
film due for release in the US and Canada on 13 August.
Trupti Patel of the Hindu Forum of Britain, told PTI,
"If Julia Roberts wants to call herself a Hindu, we welcome
her into our dharma and hope that she can helpful in various
charitable causes for the education and betterment of Hindus
around the world.
"The Hindu way of life is for everyone as we believe in 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbkam' (the whole world is one family). The HFB does hope that it is not a cheap publicity stunt to promote her film," she added.
But the actress had caused controversy in India last September when local people were reportedly barred from celebrating Navratri while she shot scenes for the film in a temple on the outskirts of New Delhi.
The temple was allegedly sealed by Roberts's vast security team of 350 guards, bulletproof cars and a helicopter.