Nancy Motes is the daughter of Julia Robert’s mother from another marriage. The two grew up together and, until 2010, had a good relationship even though the actress would often tease and bully Nancy for being overweight.
Nancy is now speaking to the press about how they drifted apart, reveals she’s had surgery to help her lose weight and insists that, despite all this, she still believes that she and Julia could find a way to work out their differences.
“I think growing up as Pretty Woman's little sister has definitely made me try to see the person inside and not the person outside. A lot of my life I felt judged for my weight,” she says, as cited by Contact Music.
Julia was one of the many people who would often tell her to her face that she had a weight problem, Nancy states.
“When I was in high school and she [Roberts] was an adult, she would just let me know that I was definitely overweight. She would make it quite clear to me and in a not so nice manner,” she explains.
Julia also brought up the subject of Nancy’s weight when, inspired by her famous sibling, she considered giving acting a go as well.
She hints that the disappointment that followed lead to depression, adding that it was also the moment when she finally “stood up” against Julia and let her know that she’d had enough of the bullying.
Shortly afterwards, Nancy had weight loss surgery.
“Julia did not want to see me go down that path. So I just got a lot of criticism from Julia, which was very discouraging for me,” she explains.
Nancy hopes that she and Julia will reconnect again, though she admits that “it's a work in progress, it's not going to be fixed overnight, nor do I think it's going to be fixed by me just getting skinny.”