Two years ago, the young actress-turned-comic-book writer Julia Roberts became a household name as the lead character in the beloved comic book adaptation of the novel of the same name.
Since then, Roberts has starred in numerous projects, including a number of feature films and TV series, but her breakout moment came in 2015 when she played the role of Rachel in the cult-favorite television series, The X-Files.
Her role has also become a fan favorite, with many fans calling her a “natural” comic book heroine.
Now, Roberts, who grew up in San Francisco, has become the first Jewish comic-book actress to have her own solo series, starring in the comic book series The X Files: The Final Chapter, which launches this month.
And it’s a big moment for the actress, who has long struggled with identity.
“My journey with identity is a lot more interesting than most of my peers have had to deal with,” Roberts said in a statement provided to Newsweek by her rep, The Julia Roberts Agency.
“I have never felt comfortable with myself as a Jew or being Jewish.
As I began to write The X: The X Factor, I had to put myself into a new and unique light and be who I am.
I am a fan of the X-files and I’m going to continue to be a fan.”
Roberts’ journey with her identity is complicated by her parents’ divorce, and it wasn’t until she was in her mid-20s that she finally began to understand who she really was.
“My mom was a very loving person,” she said.
“But she also did not want to be Jewish, and she was very unhappy about that.
She was really struggling with it, and so I had the first time that I really understood who I was and where I came from.
I also felt like I was a different person, and I realized that I was not Jewish.”
The X-Factor: The End Is Nigh (2014)