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Money Monster: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster and the lessons of fame

Three of Hollywood’s biggest stars reflect on what they’d like to tell their younger selves

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CARTER SMITH for EW

George Clooney was 33 when he landed his first big break as Dr. Doug Ross on ER. Julia Roberts was only 22 when Steel Magnolias and Pretty Woman came out. And Jodie Foster? She’s been acting since she was 3 years old — and she was only 14 when she landed her first Academy Award nomination for Taxi Driver.

Since then, each of them has gone on to amass an eclectic and critically-acclaimed filmography, and now, the three stars have partnered up for the thriller Money Monster, Foster’s fourth directorial outing. Clooney, Roberts, and Foster sat down with PEOPLE and EW editorial director Jess Cagle recently to talk about Money Monster, superstardom, and what they’d tell themselves when they were just starting out in the business.

“I was always so worried,” Foster says about her younger self. “I was just plagued by anxiety. Would I be able to support myself? Would my work be good? Would people love me? I wish I’d known that it was all going to be fine. And that the anxiety doesn’t help.”

Clooney, on the other hand, would tell the younger George to be cautious about his fashion choices — especially during his stint on The Facts of Life in the mid ‘80s.

“Don’t wear that mullet,” he says, laughing. “And you’re going to regret these shoulder pads.”

As for Roberts? “I would say, ‘Sit up straight,’” she says. “And, ‘A half pan of Oreo cookies is not a meal.’”

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