Emma Roberts is an American actor and singer, known for playing lead roles in television series and Hollywood movies. She comes from a family of distinguished actors. Her father Eric Roberts is an Oscar-nominated actor, while her aunt Julia Roberts is an ‘Oscar’ winner. Roberts started acting at the age of nine, playing a role in the movie 'Blow.' However, she started hogging the limelight only after being cast as ‘Addie Singer’ on the ‘Nickelodeon’ television series 'Unfabulous.' While 'Unfabulous' was a children's show, she also did lead roles in horror series, such as 'American Horror Story' and 'Scream Queens' later in her career. Though she has a studio album named 'Unfabulous and More' to her credit, she has put her singing career on hold to focus on acting. Among her movies, she is best-known for acting in 'Aquamarine,' 'Nancy Drew,' 'The Art of Getting By,' 'We're the Millers,' 'Palo Alto,' and 'Nerve.' In 2009, she was named the brand ambassador for ‘Neutrogena.’ Emma Roberts was in an on-again, off-again relationship with her 'Adult World' co-star Evan Peters, before breaking up with him on March 2019.
Childhood & Early Life
Emma Rose Roberts was born on February 10, 1991, in Rhinebeck, New York, USA, to Kelly Cunningham and Eric Roberts. Soon after her birth, her parents got separated over accusations of domestic violence.
Her mother later married musician Kelly Nickels. Roberts has a maternal half-sister named Grace. Her father also remarried, and she has two step-siblings from her step-mother Eliza Simons' first marriage.
Her paternal family has been in the entertainment field for a long time. Her grandmother Betty Lou Bredemus served as an acting coach, while her aunts Julia Roberts and Lisa Roberts Gillan are actors.
Initially, her mother did not want an acting career for her. However, spending a lot of time on film sets, alongside her aunt Julia, made her interested in acting.
She studied at ‘Archer School for Girls’ in Los Angeles, California. She then got admitted to ‘Sarah Lawrence College’ on September 2011. However, she left the college within a few months to focus on her movie projects.
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In 2001, Emma Roberts started her acting career with the film 'Blow.' She played the role of ‘Kristina Jung,’ the daughter of a cocaine smuggler, played by Johnny Depp.
In the next few years, she did a role in a short film, appeared as an extra in one of her aunt's movies, and worked on two family films, namely 'Grand Champion' and ‘Spymate.’ Though the film ‘Spymate’ was shot in 2003, it was not released until 2006.
Being cast as the lead character in the ‘Nickelodeon’ series 'Unfabulous' in 2004 was her big break. Emma's performance in the show earned her a number of award nominations.
In 2005, ‘Nickelodeon’ launched her music career with the album 'Unfabulous and More.' Roberts contributed to the lyrics of a few songs and appeared on the music videos of her songs. The album reached the 46th spot on Billboard's ‘Top Heatseekers’ chart.
In 2006, she was cast in the movie 'Aquamarine' alongside Sara Paxton and JoJo. In the movie, she sang the cover version of Weezer’s single 'Island in the Sun.'
Emma Roberts played the titular character in the 2007 movie 'Nancy Drew.' While the film did not receive much praise from critics, it did well at the box office.
In 2008, she landed another lead role in the movie 'Wild Child,' and also appeared in the independent film 'Lymelife.' The same year, she voiced the character of ‘Wilma’ in the animated film 'The Flight before Christmas.'
The next couple of years, she did a few comedy movies, such as 'Hotel for Dogs' and 'It's Kind of a Funny Story.' In 2010, she appeared in the teen action drama film 'Twelve,' and starred alongside her aunt Julia Roberts in the romantic comedy 'Valentine's Day.' Around this time, she also did a supporting role in the movie 'Virginia,' which released two and a half years later.
She worked with Freddie Highmore in the 2011 romantic comedy 'The Art of Getting By.' That year, she was also cast in her first horror movie 'Scream 4.' Later, she would work on horror television series, such as 'American Horror Story' and 'Scream Queens,' appearing in two seasons each.
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2013 was an important year for Emma Roberts; she worked with Evan Peters in the movie 'Adult World,' and appeared alongside Jennifer Aniston in the comedy film 'We're the Millers.' The same year, her performance in the movie 'Palo Alto,' based on James Franco's short story collection of the same name, received positive reviews from film critics.
She went on to work in the 2016 movie 'Nerve' with Dave Franco. She then became part of American biographical crime-drama film ‘Billionaire Boys Club’ which released in 2018.
In the 2017 drama film ‘Who We Are Now,’ she played the role of ‘Jess.’ She also voiced the character of ‘Wedgehead’ in the comedy animated film ‘UglyDolls.’
In the 2019 fantasy drama film ‘Paradise Hills,’ she starred as ‘Uma.’ The same year, she was also cast to play important roles in films, such as ‘Holidate’ and ‘The Hunt.’
Emma Roberts' role in the television series 'Unfabulous' made her a teen idol at the age of 13. In 2005, she received a ‘Teen Choice Award’ nomination and two ‘Young Artist Awards’ for her performance in the series. The show became one of Nickelodeon's most-watched programs and was renewed for two more seasons.
Her movie 'Palo Alto' received generally favorable reviews from critics. Her performance in the film was praised by Tom Shone of 'The Guardian' and Ian Freer of 'Empire.'
The movie 'We're the Millers' was a commercial success and grossed over $269 million. It also received favorable reviews from critics.
Awards & Achievements
Emma Roberts impressed the audience from the very beginning with 'Unfabulous' and 'Aquamarine.' She received the ‘Young Artist Award’ for ‘Aquamarine’ under the ‘Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress’ category in 2007. The same year, she also won the ‘Female Star of Tomorrow’ at ‘ShoWest Awards.’
In 2014, she received the ‘Shining Star Award’ at the ‘Maui Film Festival.’ The same year, she won ‘Teen Choice Award’ under the ‘Choice Movie Actress: Comedy’ category for the film 'We're the Millers.'
Personal Life & Legacy
Emma Roberts started dating Chord Overstreet in April 2011. However, they split twice within four months before finally calling it quits.
She started dating Evan Peters in 2012. The next year, their relationship took an ugly turn when she was arrested for injuring Peters during a heated argument. They eventually worked on their problems and got engaged on March 2014. However, they broke up on May 2016, only to get back together on January 2017. She reportedly dated Christopher Hines in mid-2016. Their relationship ended as she got back with Peters.
In 2019, it was reported that Peters and Roberts had split. The same year, she started a relationship with actor Garrett Hedlund.
After her parents separated, her aunt Julia not only bought her mother a house, but also sided with her in the custody battle over Roberts. Her father got so furious that he hardly ever visited his daughter.
'Blow,' the first movie she worked on, was an R rated film. As a result, her mother had decided not to let her watch the movie until she turned 18. However, director Ted Demme created a version for her so that she could watch it.