On her 55th birthday, Julia Roberts sat down for an interview with Gayle King and revealed that Martin Luther King Jr.’s family paid for her parents’ hospital bill when she was born. Roberts said the relationship between the two families started when Coretta Scott King asked if her kids could join The Actors and Writers Workshop school in Atlanta, owned by the Roberts’ family.

“They were having a hard time finding a place that would accept her kids,” Roberts said as she reflected on the challenges the King family faced due to segregation.