Is Monica Potter Related to Julia Roberts? The Truth Behind the Rumor

Many fans have wondered if Monica Potter, the actress who starred in movies like Con Air, Patch Adams, and Saw, is related to Julia Roberts, the Oscar-winning star of Pretty Woman, Erin Brockovich, and Notting Hill. The two actresses share a striking resemblance, with their red hair, blue eyes, and dazzling smiles. But are they really family? Here is what we found out.

Who is Monica Potter?

Monica Potter was born on June 30, 1971, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Nancy and Paul Brokaw. Her father invented the first flame-resistant car wax, and her mother was a secretary in a hospital. Potter has three sisters, Kerry, Jessica, and Brigette. She was raised Catholic and wanted to be a nun as a child

Potter began acting at the Cleveland Play House when she was in elementary school. She also did some modeling and commercials in her teens. She moved to Los Angeles in 1994 and made her screen debut on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless as Sharon Newman

She later appeared in several feature films, including Con Air (playing the wife of Nicolas Cage’s character), Patch Adams (starring opposite Robin Williams), and Along Came a Spider (with Morgan Freeman). She also starred in the horror films Saw and The Last House on the Left

On television, Potter was a series regular on Boston Legal and Parenthood, the latter earning her a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Kristina Braverman. She also starred in the CBS drama Wisdom of the Crowd

Potter is also the founder and owner of Monica Potter Home, a home goods, natural skin care, and home decor business in Cleveland. She featured her family business on the reality TV show The Profit

Potter has been married twice and has three children. She divorced her first husband, Tom Potter, in 1998, and separated from her second husband, Daniel Christopher Allison, in 2018

Who is Julia Roberts?

Julia Roberts was born on October 28, 1967, in Smyrna, Georgia, to Betty Lou and Walter Grady Roberts. Her father was a vacuum cleaner salesman and her mother was a church secretary and actress. Roberts has a brother, Eric, and a sister, Lisa, who are also actors. She also had a half-sister, Nancy Motes, who died in 2014. Roberts was raised Protestant and attended Catholic schools

Roberts moved to New York City after graduating from high school and pursued a career in acting. She made her film debut in the 1988 comedy Mystic Pizza and gained fame with her role as a prostitute in the 1990 romantic comedy Pretty Woman, opposite Richard Gere. She won an Academy Award for her performance as a crusading legal assistant in the 2000 biographical drama Erin Brockovich

She has also starred in many other successful films, such as Steel Magnolias, Sleeping with the Enemy, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Notting Hill, Runaway Bride, Ocean’s Eleven, Eat Pray Love, and Wonder. She has been nominated for four Oscars, eight Golden Globes, and three Emmys. She is one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood and one of the most popular celebrities in the world

Roberts has been married twice and has three children. She divorced her first husband, singer Lyle Lovett, in 1995, and married her second husband, cinematographer Daniel Moder, in 2002

Are they related?

The short answer is no, Monica Potter and Julia Roberts are not related. They are not sisters, cousins, or any other kind of kin. They just happen to look alike and share a common profession

The rumor that they are related may have started because they both played sisters in the 1996 film The Evening Star, a sequel to the 1983 film Terms of Endearment. Roberts played Grace, the daughter of Shirley MacLaine’s character Aurora, and Potter played Teddy, the daughter of Jack Nicholson’s character Garrett.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Roberts explained that no, the two are not related, but she did speak about their time playing sisters on set. She said, “She’s so sweet and funny. We had a good time. We were always laughing. She’s got a great sense of humor.”

Potter has also addressed the resemblance and the rumor in several interviews. She told American Profile, “The two aren’t related. Potter, 30, was raised in Cleveland, Ohio, which she still calls home.”

She also told The Plain Dealer, “I think it’s flattering. She’s a beautiful woman, and I respect her as an actress. But I don’t think we look that much alike. Maybe it’s the hair color and the smile.”

She added, “I don’t mind being compared to her, but I don’t want to be known as Julia Roberts’ look-alike. I want to be known as Monica Potter.”


Monica Potter and Julia Roberts are two talented and successful actresses who have starred in many memorable films and TV shows. They also share a physical resemblance that has sparked curiosity and speculation among fans and media. However, they are not related by blood or marriage. They are just two individuals who happen to look similar and work in the same industry. They have both expressed admiration and respect for each other, but they are not sisters.