Julia Roberts has weighed in on the college admission scandal in the US, saying that parents should have more faith in their children to get admissions in colleges.
The scandal which was uncovered last Tuesday has embroiled actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman among many others, prompted Roberts to opine that it was "sad" that the parents in the scandal did not have faith in their children to get into college on their own merits and hard work.
The mother of three made the comments while appearing on TV host Lorraine Kelly's show in order to promote the release of 'Ben Is Black' in the UK along with co-star Lucas Hedges. During the show, the host asked the actress about her thoughts on the scandal which came to light last week.
Roberts shared with Kelly, "To bring the college situation into the mix, that to me is so sad because I feel from an outsider that it says a little bit ‘I don’t have enough faith in you.'"
"In this story [Ben Is Back], this mother is trying to say, ‘I have both of our faiths until you can find the faith in yourself again,'" she continued.
She further spoke about how she has done her best to ensure that her children do not go through the same struggles that she had as a child but wants them to be the person they are with confidence. Roberts has three children with husband Daniel Moder.
The 'Homecoming' star shared, "From the kind of childhood I had, I raised my kids now, I don’t want them to have some of the struggles I had. But at the same time, you do need to know how to make your bed and how to do your laundry and how to be able to make one meal, these are important life skills. They have to run their own race, they have to have their own experience."
Loughlin and Huffman were two out of fifty people charged in the biggest college admissions scam uncovered by federal authorities. The Key Worldwide Foundation helped and facilitated parents cheat on SATs or bribe college admissions officials in order to get their children accepted, according to prosecutors.
Wile the 'Desperate Housewives' reportedly paid $15,000 in order to have her eldest daughter's SAT scores "corrected," Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, are accused of paying a mind-boggling $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters into USC as crew recruits, though they had never participated in the sport.