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Think Julia Roberts is the most successful person to attend her high school? She’s got some competition.
The Oscar-winning actress, who is PEOPLE’s 2017 World’s Most Beautiful Woman, looked back at her life before fame with PEOPLE editor-in-chief Director Jess Cagle — and said she was “awkward” in high school.
That didn’t stop her from making friends with some “fabulous” people — one of whom is NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough.
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The two, both now 49, stayed in touch, and Kimbrough, who just returned from almost six months aboard the International Space Station, chatted with Roberts from space the day before the Pretty Woman star sat down with PEOPLE.
“ a boy I went to school with who was smart and a football player and was handsome. And dated the prettiest girl — not as pretty as his wife, but back then was the prettiest girl. And he went on to become an astronaut and he is in space — and we Skyped with him yesterday.”
“He, like, floated and told us all about this space mission that he is on,” Roberts continued. “And I told him, ‘You are officially the coolest guy I went to high school with.’ ”
Kimbrough just may be. After his days as Roberts’ classmate in Smyrna, Ga., he went on to earn a Presidential Scholarship to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y, Smyrna Patch reported, …read more