Five Things to Know About the Woman Julia Roberts Plays in Eat Pray Love

In the new movie Eat Pray Love, Julia Roberts steals the scene as Liz Gilbert, a globetrotting, hopeless romantic who takes off for Italy, India and Indonesia to find herself. But the character of Gilbert wasn’t a composite imagined in Hollywood – you just can’t conjure all that carb consumption.

Before you catch the chick flick, meet the real Elizabeth Gilbert, who penned the 2006 bestselling memoir based on her own soul-searching journey.

Julia Roberts Gets Strict with Her Kids – About Sweets

Julia Roberts may have gained 7 lbs. from eating bowls of spaghetti, gelato and decadent desserts in Rome while she filmed Eat Pray Love, but don’t expect to find her three children eating rich sugary foods at home.

“I’m a pretty strict mom when it comes to sweets,” the Oscar winner, 42, told PEOPLE at Tuesday’s Eat Pray Love premiere in New York City. “Even though I have such a sweet tooth myself.”

Why Julia Roberts Refuses to Get Botox

Julia Roberts wants to age gracefully, but there’s another reason why she’ll say no to plastic surgery – especially on her face.

“I want my kids to know when I’m pissed, when I’m happy and when I’m confounded,” the actress, 42, and new face of Lancome, tells Elle in its September issue. “Your face tells a story and it shouldn’t be a story about your drive to the doctor’s office.”

Julia Roberts Feasts on Seven Courses with Her Eat Pray Love Cast

It was an appropriate setting for a movie titled Eat Pray Love: fresh oysters, white sturgeon caviar, summer squash – and that’s barely the first course.

Less than two weeks before their film arrives in theaters, the cast and crew of Eat Pray Love celebrated with a seven-course meal at The French Laundry in Napa Valley, Calif. The dinner came after a press junket, which took place in the area.