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Emma Rose Roberts (born February 10, 1991) is an American teen actress, singer-songwriter, spokesperson, and designer. She is the daughter of actor Eric Roberts and the niece of actress Julia Roberts.

Emma Roberts rose to prominence for her lead role as Addie Singer in the Nickelodeon television series Unfabulous, a role for which Roberts garnered various awards and critical acclaim. Following the success of the show in September 2005, she released her debut album, which also served as the show's soundtrack Unfabulous and More. Roberts then pursued a solo singing career by recording two songs for the soundtracks of Ice Princess and Aquamarine (in which Roberts starred as one of the leads). Roberts then began to focus on her acting career, the title character in the 2007 film Nancy Drew, and her voice-over debut in The Flight Before Christmas.

In 2008 and 2009 Roberts began to star in a number of coming-of-age and young adult roles the first being Wild Child, this was followed by Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac and Lymelife. Roberts appeared in the 2009 family film Hotel For Dogs and The Winning Season. As of May 2009, Roberts' upcoming films include the drama/thriller Twelve and the horror film Grimm. Roberts also signed onto star in Rodeo Girl and the Nancy Drew sequel, but both films have recently been put on hold and have not entered production.

Early life

Roberts was born in Rhinebeckmarker, New Yorkmarker, United Statesmarker. She is the daughter of actor Eric Roberts (who was born in Biloxi, Mississippi but raised in Atlanta, Georgia) and his then-girlfriend Kelly Cunningham.Roberts is the stepdaughter of Eliza Roberts. Roberts has one stepsister and one stepbrother, Morgan Simons and Keaton Simons. She is the niece of actresses Julia Roberts and Lisa Roberts Gillan. Roberts said in an interview, "I've just always wanted to act. Ever since I was really little I've wanted to do it. But my mom didn't want to get me into it too young. So, it's just been something I've always wanted to do."

Acting career

2001-2005: Early career and Unfabulous

During her childhood, Roberts spent a lot of time on the sets of the films in which her aunt Julia Roberts was starring. These experiences sparked a desire in Roberts, from the age of five, to follow her father and aunts into the film industry. Roberts said in an interview that: "Well I’ve been on sets since I was a little kid, and I’ve grown up around it and its something I’ve always wanted to do so it seemed pretty natural to me." Although her mother initially wanted her to have a normal childhood, Emma Roberts made her acting debut at age nine in Ted Demme's 2001 drama Blow. It was the first movie for which she ever auditioned. In the film she portrayed Kristina Jung, the daughter of Johnny Depp's character, cocaine smuggler George Jung. As the film is rated R, her mother reportedly would not allow Roberts to see it before she turned eighteen. Director Ted Demme produced a tape for her that featured only the scenes in which she appeared. In 2001, Roberts also had a role in Leif Tilden's 10-minute short "bigLove" (which also starred her future stepfather, Kelly Nickels), and was an uncredited extra in some scenes featuring her aunt Julia Roberts in America's Sweethearts.

She went on to appear in smaller roles in two family films, in 2002's Grand Champion, as the sister of the main character Buddy (Jacob Fisher); and in 2003's Spymate, as the kidnapped daughter of former secret agent Mike Muggins (Chris Potter), who tries to rescue her with the help of a spy monkey. Grand Champion had a brief theatrical release in August 2004, while Spymate was not released until February 2006, when it was given a theatrical run in Canada, followed by its DVD release in April 2006. In August 2003, Roberts was scheduled to shoot an independent film called Daisy Winters, starring as the title character, alongside Rachel Weisz. However, the film, which would have been Roberts' first leading role, never began shooting due to financial problems. In 2004, Roberts became a teen idol at the age of thirteen, starring as the lead character Addie Singer in the Nickelodeon series Unfabulous, which debuted in September 2004. Nickelodeon had wanted to cast her for the role from the beginning, and the teen sitcom earned Roberts a Teen Choice Award nomination and several Young Artist Award nominations. The series became the network's most-watched programs and was quickly recommissioned for a second season. The television show was also one of the most-watched programs in the United States among children between the age of 9 and 14. The show aired for three seasons from 2004-2007 and aired 42 episodes. The third season ended on December 16, 2007.

The television series focused on Addie Singer (Roberts) a seventh grader who's life is "unfabulous" and she writes songs about her life, Addie relies on her friends Geena Fabiono (Malese Jow) and Zack (Jordan Calloway). The television series had had various TV Movies which include: The Perfect Moment which premiered on Nickelodeon on October 6, 2006. The TV Movie centers on Addie trying to tell Jake how she feels about him so she travels to China Town with Geena and Zack to get to the wedding that Jake is at. The second TV Movie premiered on December 16, 2007 The Best Trip Ever centers on Addie's prom and how tries to stop Geena and Zack from becoming a couple, thou Addie's boyfriend Jake is trying to get them together which causes conflicts between the four friends. In 2004 Roberts guest-starred in an episode of another popular Nickelodeon series Drake and Josh, Roberts was in the episode "Honor Council" where she played Addie a judge in a trial to see if Drake should be found guilty of putting his teachers car in the classroom and should be suspended of all school activity's for the year. Because her character on Unfabulous writes songs and plays guitar, Nickelodeon soon considered a career in music for Roberts as well, following the lead of other actress'/pop singers such as Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan. Roberts said that one of the things she enjoys about Unfabulous is: "It's just so much fun. Everyone, like me and the kids and everyone, all get along and we're all really good friends. Also I get to pick out a lot of my own clothes on the show which is really fun. Roberts also said of the show that one of her favorite episodes is: "I do. I really had a lot of fun filming the episode where Addie directs the school play. It kind of turns into a disaster and she gets stressed out. It's just a really funny episode, I liked it a lot. I had fun."

2006-2008: Aquamarine and Nancy Drew

In 2006, Roberts returned to the big screen, starring alongside Sara Paxton and singer JoJo in Aquamarine.Roberts won a 2007 Young Artist Award for Best Supporting Young Actress in a Feature Film for her role in the film. The film Aquamarine took #5 place at the box office on its opening weekend making 8 million. Following Aquamarine, she was scheduled to star in Camp Couture (produced by her mother, Kelly Cunningham) and Bras and Broomsticks (based on the book of the same name by Sarah Mlynowski), but neither film went into full production. In early 2006, Roberts finished shooting her title role in Nancy Drew. The film was released to theaters on June 15, 2007, and grossed over 7 million in its opening weekend, though the film was not well received by critics.

Roberts said of playing the character Nancy Drew: "Yeah, if I make something appeals to me it's kind of challenging, but I mean I read the Nancy Drew script and I loved it. I loved the character, and the whole ideal," also that, "Nancy Drew was created in like the 30s so she's very old. But in the movie her character stays basically the same as she was in book, but they just updated the story kind of around her," and, "Yeah, I love mysteries and I love the whole detective idea and I think it's so fun. " Roberts also related to the character by saying: "Oh I mean we're both ambitious and determined and also very curious but I mean she's much more of a neat freak than I am." On May 15, 2006, Roberts was featured on MTV's Punk'd with pop singer Teddy Geiger. In December 2007 Roberts began filming Hotel For Dogs. In 2008 Roberts had her voiceover debut when she voiced the English version of the character Wilma in the CGI-animated family film The Flight Before Christmas. Roberts starred alongside comedian Norm Macdonald. The film was released direct-to-dvd in the U.S. on October 28, 2008. Roberts said of her role in the film that: "It’s an animated movie, which is great because I’ve never done voice-over work. For this it was just me reading with myself, which is funny because as an actor, I’m used to working with other people. I do the voice for a little, white ferret named Wilma. She’s very sassy and one of the characters that Niko the reindeer meets during his search for his father—he thinks his dad might be one of Santa’s reindeer. It’s a really fun movie, and I actually got to sing in it." Roberts also starred in Spymate as Amelia Muggins, the daughter of the lead character. The film was released in Canadamarker in a thearetical run in 2006 and was later released direct-to-dvd in the USmarker on April 11 2006

2009-present: Hotel for Dogs and Lymelife

In 2009, Roberts starred alongside Jake T. Austin in Hotel for Dogs, based on the novel by Lois Duncan. The film premiered on January 15, 2009 and was released to theaters on January 16, 2009 and took #5 place in its opening weekend with over 17 million. The film has to-date grossed over 114 million, and received generally mixed reviews from critics. was released on DVD April 28, 2009. Roberts starred as the lead in the movie Wild Child, about a rebellious teen from Malibumarker sent to a boarding school in England. The movie ended production in late 2007, and was released on August 15, 2008 in the United Kingdom. The movie will be released in the U.S. on May 9, 2009. Emma described her character as “pretty much your typical spoiled-brat Malibu socialite who gets shipped off to British boarding school.” Roberts also described the film and her character as being: It’s about a Malibu princess who isn’t getting along with her dad so well because she behaves pretty badly, so he ships her off to boarding school in England. It’s a very cute story and I am so excited because I get to shoot in London all summer. Roberts also said of the reason why she chose to play Poppy in Wild Child is that: "I love the movies like Mean Girls and Clueless and this really reminded me of that and I’d never really played a character like that before – I always played like the girl next door, so it was cool to get to play someone completely different." Roberts also said: "I'm playing a bad, mean girl who's at a boarding school in England", also that "the character is very sassy and I can sometimes get sassy a little bit." Roberts will also appear in the indie movie Lymelife with Alec Baldwin, which was premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. Roberts said that Lymelife is “kind of like American Beauty meets The Ice Storm,” and that her reasoning for doing the film was that, “Some people look at me and think, She’s just Julia Roberts’s niece. So I wanted to do something smaller and edgier, something that would show I really am an actress.”

Roberts also described her character in Lymelife and said of her, "Adrianna really is your typical girl. I think everyone knew an Adrianna type of girl growing up, and I could relate to her just because I remember being at her age, like fifteen, sixteen, where you're kind of frustrated because you don't know if you want to be older or if you have to act your age, or if you're supposed to act sexy or cute or what. I could definitely relate to that aspect of her. Roberts also said that she chose to do the role because: "I had just finished Hotel for Dogs, and I wanted to do something just completely different. So the script [for Lymelife] kind of just came out of nowhere, and I read it and I really liked it. I met Derick and I really, really liked him. For the most part the cast was set, and I thought the cast they had chosen was brilliant. It was something I really wanted to be a part of; when you want to be a part of something like that, you'll do whatever they want you to do. Roberts also said of the film: "I just really loved the material, and I loved the people that were involved with the script, and I just really wanted to be a part of it. I'm 18 now, so I think that it's appropriate and time to do something more mature." Roberts said in a interview with Vanity Fair that: I’d love to do another role similar to my character in Lymelife, just because it was such a fun character to get to play with. I’d love to do a thriller, and I’d love to do a role like Kate Hudson’s in Almost Famous, because that’s my favorite movie. I just want to keep trying new things. I want to constantly be surprising people with different roles. Roberts has also said that she'd: "Yeah, I’d love to do more. I want to do a movie like The Royal Tenenbaums because I watched it for the millionth time last night and realized how much I love it. I love Gwyneth Paltrow’s character, Margot.

Roberts is set to be reunited with Nancy Drew director Andrew Fleming on both Rodeo Gal and a Nancy Drew sequel, although the latter has been put on hold. She was also selected to play the lead role in James C. Strouse's high school sports comedy The Winning Season, alongside Sam Rockwell and Rob Corddry, which was also shown at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Most of The Winning Season was filmed in New York City, New Yorkmarker. According to IMDb The Winning Season is slated for a 2009 release date. The Winning Season centers on a has-been coach who is given an opportunity to redeem himself as a coach when he is asked to coach his local high school's all-girls basketball team. Roberts plays Abby, a girl on the team. Roberts will star as Molly alongside Chace Crawford and 50 Cent in Twelve. The film began production in New York Citymarker on April 20, 2009 and is set to be released in 2010. Roberts is set to play Alice Leeds in the movie adaptation of Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac. The book of the same name is about a high school junior named Naomi who hits her head and she can’t remember anything that happened since sixth grade. According to Roberts will be starring in the horror film, Grimm, which follows the Quinn family that moves to Marburg, Massachusetts, a town that turns out to be haunted by the most horrific nightmares spawned by the imagination of the Brothers Grimm. Also, it has been announced that Roberts will star in the up-coming film Valentine's Day, where she will play a girl called Janice, and will star alongside, Taylor Swift, Taylor Lautner, Jessica Biel, and Julia Roberts.

Music career

In 2005, Roberts had a debut album Unfabulous and More, which helped her garner recognition as both a singer and musician. The album was released on September 27, 2005 through Columbia Records and Nick Records. It also served as the soundtrack to the popular television series, Unfabulous, in which Roberts stars as the leading role. The album peaked at #46 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart. In September, two promotional singles were released from the album: "I Wanna Be" and "Dummy". The album includes several original songs (among them "Dummy" and "I Wanna Be", both of which were also released as music videos, "I Have Arrived", and "This Is Me", which was co-written by Roberts), as well as some of Addie's songs from the first season, including "Punch Rocker" and "New Shoes" (both from the episode "The Party"), "94 Weeks (Metal Mouth Freak)" (from "The Bar Mitzvah") and "Mexican Wrestler" (which had previously appeared on Jill Sobule's 2000 album Pink Pearl and in the episode "The 66th Day" from Unfabulous). Heather Phares from Allmusic praised her "fresh" and "genuine voice", and also claimed that the album was "filled with, sweet idealistic songs sung by a young girl who sounds like a young girl instead of a pop tart". During the same year, Roberts recorded "If I Had It My Way" for the soundtrack of the 2005 Disney film Ice Princess. In 2006, Roberts covered the song "Island in the Sun", which was originally recorded by Weezer in 2001; she recorded the song for Aquamarine's soundtrack, a film here she starred as one of the leads.

Roberts said in a 2007 interview, "Right now I am focusing on movies, I am getting ready to start a new movie this summer so that is taking a lot of my time. I think when I am a little bit older it is definitely something I’d like to pursue." Regarding continuing her music career, she stated, "it seems like everyone records an album now. It doesn’t seem very special anymore." In another interview, she said, "My musical career is indefinitely on hold. I don’t like people who become like ‘actor slash singer.’ I think people should be one or the other because usually you’re not going to be great at both. You’re going to better at one, so you might as well stick to the one you’re good at. I’m going for acting."

Personal life

Roberts has cited actress Anne Hathaway as a role model and has stated Rupert Grint is one of her favorite actors. She stated, "My most prized possession, though, is an autographed picture of Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films" Roberts has also stated she is a big fan of Gwyneth Paltrow. "I've Netflixed all of the Gwyneth Paltrow movies. I'm a huge fan of hers. She's kind of my idol at the moment. I really like Kirsten Dunst. She did a lot of cool, fun teen movies, and she's also done some serious roles. I like her style, and I think she seems pretty interesting." She is close friends with her Aquamarine co-star Joanna 'JoJo' Levesque and good friends with fellow Nickelodeon stars Devon Werkheiser and Jamie-Lynn Spears. Some of Roberts favorite books include Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin and the A-List novels. Some of her favorite books are A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris. She also enjoys Chuck Palahniuk books, Invisible Monsters, and said her favorite book is The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

In her April 2009 Teen Vogue interview Roberts remarked, “I used to have a crush on Nick [Jonas], but he’s kind of making his rounds in Hollywood, and I don’t know if I like that.” Roberts had sparked controversy for saying that, which drew the media attention. Roberts then began to feel bad about the comment so then at the 2009 Kids' Choice Awards Roberts wrote Nick Jonas a hand written apology. The note read: "Nick, I love you. Sorry about the quote" Roberts said that she and her Lymelife co-star Rory Culkin are "good friends", so their on-screen romance "wasn’t really that awkward. We talked about it before and that made it much easier. Rory is really a great guy. I mean, I was definitely nervous. I kind of felt uncomfortable, but at the same time I think it worked for the scene because it is supposed to be our first time, and we are supposed to not know what we are doing.” On January 15, 2009 Roberts appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. She admitted, "I failed my driving test and then my permit expired. And then I failed my permit test when I retook it. I didn’t know you had to stop before going right on red, so I just swung around the corner really quickly.” Roberts has also appeared as part of Teen Vogue’s Best Dressed list multiple times (including June 2007, September 2008, December 2008, February 2009, and March 2009). She said that some of her favorite movies are: Juno and Little Miss Sunshine. Roberts said that some of her musical influences are Michelle Branch, Skye Sweetnam, and The Veronicas.


Roberts attended Archer School for Girls in Brentwood, Californiamarker from 2004-2005 for 7th and 8th grade. Roberts said in a 2007 interview on her education that: "Oh yes, I have a tutor and we have three hours of school every day. That way I am caught up on my work and then when I am not doing school work I am shooting something or other." Roberts had shown interest in attending two colleges in New York Citymarker, Sarah Lawrence Collegemarker and New York Universitymarker.


In 2006, Roberts became a spokesmodel for Dooney & Bourke, and designed her own Dooney & Bourke handbag, named after her, the "Emma Bag." In February 2009, she was named the brand ambassador for Neutrogena; she will star in print and commercial ads for the company. Roberts said in an interview with on being the face of Neutrogena: "it’s important to me to be associated with Neutrogena because they instill confidence and beauty in young women.” Roberts was a spokesperson for the second annual National "Drop Everything and Read" Day (D.E.A.R Day) on April 12, 2007. Roberts planned to participate in the Children’s Cancer Research Fund’s Kids 4 Kids Run/Walk in Los Angeles. She stated: "I am so honored to be an ambassador for the 4th year in a row, for the CCRF’s Annual Run/Walk. It has become an important tradition for me and I look forward to seeing all the great kids."



Year Film Role Notes
Blow Young Kristina Jung
2006 Spymate Amelia Muggins Main Role
Aquamarine Claire Main Role
2007 Nancy Drew Nancy Drew Main Role
2008 The Flight Before Christmas Wilma Voice Role
Wild Child Poppy Moore Main Role
2009 Hotel for Dogs Andi Main Role
Lymelife Adrianna Bragg Main Role
2010 Valentine's Day Janice Bennett Supporting role


Year Film Role Notes
2004—2007 Unfabulous Addie Singer Main Lead Role


Studio albums
*2005: Unfabulous and More
*2005: Unfabulous and More
*2005: Ice Princess
*2006: Aquamarine


Year Result Award Category Nominated Work
2005 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Breakout Performance - Female Unfabulous
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young Actress Unfabulous
Young Artist Award Outstanding Young Performers in a TV Series Unfabulous
2006 Young Artist Award Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) Unfabulous
2007 Kids' Choice Award Favorite TV Actress Unfabulous
Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress: Comedy Unfabulous
Teen Choice Award Choice Movie: Female Breakout Nancy Drew
Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actreess: Comedy Nancy Drew
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress Aquamarine
ShoWest Female Star Of Tomorrow Herself
2008 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Unfabulous
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series - Leading Young Actress Unfabulous
Young Artist Award Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series Unfabulous
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress Nancy Drew
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast Nancy Drew


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