Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts

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Emma Rose Roberts was born February 10, 1991 and is an American actress and singer.

Roberts was born in Rhinebeck, New York, to Kelly Cunningham and actor Eric Roberts. Her parents separated when she was a baby. Through her father’s marriage, she is the stepdaughter of Eliza Roberts and step-granddaughter of David Rayfiel and Lila Garrett. Through her mother’s marriage, she is the stepdaughter of musician Kelly Nickels. She has a maternal half-sister, Grace. Her paternal grandmother was acting coach Betty Lou Bredemus (1934–2015), and her aunts are actresses Julia Roberts and Lisa Roberts Gillan. During her childhood, Roberts spent time on the sets of her aunt Julia’s films. These experiences sparked a desire to follow her father and aunts into the film industry. Her mother initially wanted her to have a normal childhood. She is of English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, German, and Swedish descent through her father.

Roberts made her acting debut at age nine in Ted Demme’s 2001 drama film Blow. It was the first film for which she auditioned. In the film, she portrayed Kristina Jung, the daughter of Johnny Depp’s character (cocaine smuggler George Jung). That year, she also had a role in Leif Tilden’s 10-minute short bigLove, and was an uncredited extra in some scenes featuring her aunt Julia Roberts in America’s Sweethearts. Roberts 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 2006’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.

Roberts gained recognition for her lead role as Addie Singer on the Nickelodeon television comedy series Unfabulous (2004–2007). She then went on to appear in numerous films, including Aquamarine (2006), Nancy Drew (2007), Wild Child (2008), Hotel for Dogs (2009), Valentine’s Day (2010), It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010), and The Art of Getting By (2011).

Looking for more mature roles, Roberts obtained starring roles in the films Lymelife (2008), 4.3.2.1. (2010), Scream 4 (2011), Adult World (2013), We’re the Millers (2013), Palo Alto (2013), The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2015), Nerve (2016), Who We Are Now (2017), and Paradise Hills (2019). Roberts gained further recognition for her starring roles in multiple seasons of the FX anthology horror series American Horror Story (2013–present) and for the lead role of Chanel Oberlin on the Fox comedy horror series Scream Queens (2015–2016).

In February 2009, Roberts was named the brand ambassador for Neutrogena, appearing in print and television advertisements for the company.

An avid reader, she launched her book club on Instagram, titled Belletrist, in March 2017.