The 2021 edition of the Cannes Film Festival was predictably dominated by the big names in Hollywood but some non-popular people managed to steal the show as well and one of them is Hazel Moder. The name may not sound familiar to a lot of folks out there but Hazel boasts of some major star power – thanks to the fact that she is the daughter of Oscar-winning actress, Julia Roberts, and cinematographer, Daniel Moder. Hazel’s parents have worked hard to protect her and her siblings from the spotlight and provide as normal a home life as possible for them. It seems that they are loosening a bit as they let her waltz the red carpet at the Cannes Festival which will surely be the first of many to come.
Hazel Moder is a Budding Actress and Activist Like Her Mother
It is still early to tell if Hazel Moder will follow in her mom’s footsteps but she is showing great promise. At the age of 14, she scored her first movie appearance in the 2016 rom-com, Mother’s Day. The movie featured several A-list stars, including her mom in the lead role. It revolves around the interconnected lives of several mothers and Hazel played the role of cartwheel kid.
She is now taking things easy and focusing on her studies but she did join her dad on the red carpet for the premiere of a film he worked on, Flag Day. This marked her red carpet debut and fans will be hoping to see more of her as time goes by. One other potential area that Hazel stands to make an impact is an activist. She showed a strong interest in the 2016 American presidential election and joined her mom during the 2017 women’s march in Washington D.C.
Hazel Moder’s Mom, Julia Roberts, is an Oscar-Winner and One of the Highest-paid Actresses in Hollywood History
Hazel Moder is 17 years old as she was born on the 28th of November 2004. She is of school age and is probably still figuring what path to take in life. However, should she want to be an actress like her mother, Julia Roberts, she would have some big shoes to fill. Originally from Georgia, Julia Roberts was born on the 28th of October 1967. She aspired to become a veterinarian but later fell in love with acting. She thereafter dropped out of college and headed to New York in pursuit of her dreams.
Roberts made her screen debut in the 1987 film, Blood Red. Her talent quickly shone through and two years later, she scored her first Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe award for portraying a diabetic bride in the 1989 film, Steel Magnolias. Since then, Julia Roberts has soared in her career. She has appeared in unforgettable films such as Erin Brockovich, Pretty Woman, Notting Hill, My Best Friend’s Wedding, and Ocean’s Eleven. She has also received the coveted Oscar award for best actress. She was the highest-paid actress in Hollywood in the 90s and early 2000, pocketing as much as $25 million for a project.
Her Father, Daniel Moder, Has Been Nominated For the Primetime Emmy Award For Best Cinematography
Hazel Moder’s dad is a Hollywood cinematographer named Daniel Moder. Moder was born on the 31st of January 1969 in Los Angeles. His mother’s name is Patricia while his father is a Hollywood producer named Mike Moder. Perhaps due to his father’s occupation, Daniel Moder grew up with a taste for the movie business. After completing his college degree in psychology, he worked a regular job for some time before joining Hollywood in 1995.
Daniel Moder started out as a production assistant on the 1995 action film, Crimson Tide. He subsequently worked in the camera/electrical department on the set of several movies before deciding to become a cinematographer. A cinematographer is a person responsible for recording a film and Daniel Moder has played this role in several acclaimed movies such as Secret in Their Eyes, The Mexican, Mr & Mrs. Smith, and Spider-Man 3. He is also responsible for the cinematography of the 2014 TV film, The Normal Heart. His work on The Normal Heart fetched him a primetime Emmy nomination for outstanding cinematography for a miniseries or movie.
Hazel Moder’s Parents Began Dating in 2001 and Wed a Year Later
Hazel Moder’s parents are still together after nearly two decades of marriage and their love story is one that has its origins in the 2000 film, The Mexican. Julia Roberts was one of the lead stars while Moder was responsible for the cinematography. They took a shine to each other but were hampered by the fact that they were with other people at the time. Roberts was dating actor, Benjamin Bratt, while Moder was married to his first wife, Vera Steimberg. As fate would have it, neither of them was happy in the relationships they were in and they made efforts to break away.
Moder helped Roberts through her breakup from Bratt and by 2001, he filed for divorce from his wife. Things had been strained with her for some time but it was his growing bond with Roberts that gave him the impetus to do the needful. Having been freed, Roberts and Moder commenced a relationship while they waited for his divorce to be finalized. Their love grew in leaps and bounds and they got tattoos of each other’s initials on their lower backs. Moder’s divorce papers came through in May 2002 and they wed in July of that same year.
To ensure that the paparazzi did not hound them, Roberts and Moder did not inform their guests that they were attending a wedding ceremony. They only invited them for a get-together. Their guests were thus shocked when it emerged that it was a wedding. Everyone was nevertheless happy for them and wished them well. The celebrations were wonderful as the couple freely put on PDAs and danced their hearts out.
Hazel Moder Has Two Siblings, Including Twin Brother, Phinnaeus
Hazel Moder has a total of two siblings and one of them is her twin brother, Phinnaeus. She also has a younger brother named Henry who was born in June 2004. Both boys are fans of extreme sports such as skateboarding as several of their dad’s photographs reveal. He has also shared photos of them doing regular activities such as flipping on a trampoline or throwing a bottle in a desert. Hazel and her siblings split their time between various homes belonging to their parents. They include two homes in Malibu, three apartments in Manhattan, a San Francisco property worth $8.3 million, as well as a sprawling Hawaiian holiday home.
The family’s primary residence is their Malibu home (which measures 6,000 square feet and boasts of a skate park) which means that Hazel and her siblings likely attend a private school in Malibu. They also spend copious amounts of time in their mom’s 83-acre ranch in Taos, New Mexico. It is home to several animals, including dogs and horses and their mom has revealed that there is something peaceful about it. According to her, one is always in a good mood there which she attributes to the mountains or “just New Mexico”.
They Are Yet to Understand That Their Mother is Super Famous
Hazel Moder’s parents are committed to giving her and her siblings a normal childhood and therefore take all reasonable steps to protect them from the glare of the public eye. Their mother rarely takes them to the red carpet and never posts their pictures on social media. In fact, it is only their dad who sometimes posts pics of them online. The kids also have a very tame home life. They do not have servants waiting on them. It’s just them and their parents with all manner of toys strew over, just like a regular home. Such reality means that Hazel and her siblings don’t comprehend how famous their mother is.
Though they have seen her in movies, she has confirmed that they are not so impressed. They lose interest pretty soon after the discussion and then return back to ask her if she is more famous than Taylor swift. This is all well and good though and Roberts is happy with this as she has always wanted her kids to grow up as normal as possible without the crazy influence of Hollywood. She has been known to impress them though. For instance, in 2015, she took all three kids to see a Taylor Swift concert and they were over the moon. They were even more overjoyed when the singer asked their mom to join her on stage.