Julia Roberts and Betty Lou Bredemus
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Julia Roberts has her mom to thank for more than just good genes. The Oscar-winning actress and newly-minted "Most Beautiful Woman in the World," recently spoke to People about what her late mother, Betty Lou Bredemus, taught her about parenting.

"My mom worked a full-time job and raised three girls pretty much on her own," Roberts, a Georgia native, says in the magazine's new cover story. "My brother is older, so he was gone and out of the house. She never showed the strain of it."

Bredemus, who died of lung cancer in 2015 at the age of 80, continued to play a significant role in Roberts' life as she became a mom to her own three children—twins Hazel and Phinnaeus and Henry, now 12 and 9 respectively—and could always be counted on for the kind of no-nonsense advice Southern mamas are so keen to give.

"When I had three children under 3 years old, I was like, ‘Mom, how did you do this?' " Roberts, 49, recalls. "And instead of saying, ‘Well, you just have to apply yourself and it takes effort,' she goes, ‘It's called daycare, honey.' And I was so appreciative and so grateful she didn't tell me some sage, bulls— story about what it's like to be a great mother."

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More than two years after her death, the actress admits to still thinking about her mom "all the time." It doesn't take much to be reminded of her, she adds.

"The kids talk about her a lot," Roberts says. "It's funny because her name was Betty and I feel like lately, she just crosses my mind, and I'll turn and I see something that says ‘Betty,' just unexpectedly.