WSJ magazine, but behind that smile she is grieving the loss of her half-sister, Nancy Motes, who passed away of an apparent drug overdose in February.
The actress opened up for the first time about the death in an interview with the magazine that took place just weeks after.
"It's just heartbreak. It's only been 20 days. There aren't words to explain what any of us have been through in these last 20 days," Julia explained. "It's hour by hour some days, but you just keep looking ahead."
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According to the mag, the 46-year-old's eyes began to well up as she explained, "You don't want anything bad to happen to anyone, but there are so many tragic, painful, inexplicable things in the world.
"But [as with] any situation of challenge and despair, we must find a way, as a family. It's so hard to formulate a sentence about it outside the weepy huddle of my family."
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