Emma Roberts, born February 10, 1991 in Rhinebeck, New York, is an American actress and singer.
Roberts first became known as the star of the Allie Singer series from 2004 to 2007. She released her first album, Unfabulous and More, which also served as the soundtrack for the series. In 2007, she also stood out in the title role of the crime comedy Nancy Drew.
She later decides to focus solely on her acting career. In 2010, she landed a role in the romantic comedy Valentine’s Day, alongside her aunt Julia Roberts, and got one of the lead roles in the comedy-drama It’s Kind of a Funny Story.
In search of more mature roles, Roberts has a series of appearances and varies the genres. It is thus found in comedies such as The Millers, a budding family, Little Italy, or even Holidate, then in dramas like Palo Alto, I Am Michael, horror films such as Scream, and finally in thrillers. like The Blackcoat’s Daughter and Nerve.
On television she trusts Ryan Murphy by taking the lead role of Scream Queens and appearing in several seasons of American Horror Story also in lead roles.
Professions : Actress, Executive Producer
Emma Rose Roberts Birth Name
Born : February 10, 1991 (Rhinebeck, New York, United States)
Age 29 years old
Daughter of actor Eric Roberts and niece of Julia Roberts.
As a child, Emma Roberts spent a lot of time on set with her aunt before successfully attempting an audition at age nine for Ted Demme’s film Blow in 2001, allowing her to play Johnny Depp’s daughter. She then continued with supporting roles in small films before being offered the role that will launch her: she will be Allie Singer for three seasons in the series of the same name. Her character as a young singer propels her to the rank of teenage idol (she even released an album of songs around the series). Thanks to her popularity among American youth, she then obtained leading roles in films for teenagers such as Aquamarine (which earned her a Young Artist Award), Nancy Drew or Palace for dogs.
It was in 2010 that she made a real breakthrough in cinema. We find her next to a cast of stars (Anne Hathaway, Bradley Cooper and her aunt Julia Roberts) in the romantic comedy Valentine’s Day and she plays in the drama Twelve which features an idle golden youth who touches all kinds of things. of drugs, far from his slightly cutesy early image. An image that she will continue to shatter in 2011 by playing the cousin of Neve Campbell in the fourth installment of the horror saga Scream.
After this foray into the horror genre, Emma recovers herself by falling under the spell of Freddie Highmore in the romantic comedy The Day I Met Her. The sensual actress then joined the cast of Miller, a budding family in 2013. In this comedy, she plays Casey, a resourceful teenager covered in tattoos and piercings alongside Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis. The following year, Emma took the lead role of Palo Alto, the first feature film by Gia Coppola, daughter of Francis Ford. She lends her features to the character of April, a teenage girl in need of thrills, testing her limits in drugs, alcohol and sex.
The actress then joins the cast of the American Horror Story horror series starting in season 3. She also shines on the small screen alongside Jamie Lee Curtis in Scream Queens. In 2016, Emma shines in the skin of Vee, a high school student who finds herself immersed in the heart of a deadly online game in Nerve, a The Game 2.0.
Childhood and training
She is the daughter of actor Eric Roberts and Kelly Cunningham. Her parents separate when she is still a baby. Following their respective remarriages, Roberts becomes the stepdaughter of Eliza Roberts and musician Kelly Nickels. She also has a maternal half-sister, Grace. Her paternal grandmother was Betty Lou Bredemus, a comedy coach, and her aunts are actresses Julia Roberts and Lisa Roberts Gillan. She has Irish, English, German, Scottish and Welsh origins1.
During her childhood, Roberts spent a lot of time on the sets of her Aunt Julia’s films, which made her realize that she also wanted to become an actress.
She studies at Archer School, a girls’ school located in Los Angeles, California.
Early revelation (2000s)
Roberts made her acting debut at the age of nine in the drama Blow, in 2001. She played Kristina Jung, the daughter of Johnny Depp’s character. That same year, she got a role in a 10-minute short called bigLove, and appeared in some scenes in America’s Sweethearts, although she was not credited.
Roberts subsequently landed two minor roles in family films: the sister of Jacob Fisher’s character in Grand Champion shot in 2002, and the kidnapped daughter of the former secret agent played by Chris Potter in Spymate shot in 2003. The two films were released in 2004 and 2006 respectively.
In 2004, Roberts began playing the main character of the Nickelodeon television series, Allie Singer2. The sitcom, aimed at a young audience, allowed the young actress to receive a nomination for the Teen Choice Award and many other nominations for the Young Artist Award. That same year, Roberts appeared as a guest on the television series Drake & Josh as Allie Singer.
In 2005, Roberts released his first studio album, titled Unfabulous and More, which served as the soundtrack for the series. The channel wishing to build a career for him in the image of Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan.
In parallel, she turns in the film Aquamarine, which earned her the prize for best young secondary actress in a film at the Young Artist Award, and in the detective comedy Nancy Drew, largely unpopular by critics.
In 2007, Allie Singer quit after three seasons. It was also that year that she was voted Star of Tomorrow by the renowned National Association of Theater Owners.
In 2008, Roberts lent his voice to the character of Wilma in the family animated film Niko, the little reindeer. The same year, she held main characters in the films Wild Child and Lymelife. The comedy was released only in the United States, but managed to make a profit4 while the dramatic comedy was noticed at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival.
In 2009, she continued to alternate productions for teenagers and adults, notably with Hotel for Dogs, a film based on the novel of the same name by Lois Duncan, and in the independent sports comedy The Winning Season with Sam Rockwell.
It was also during this period that the young woman said she stopped singing to focus on her acting career. She feels that she cannot do both at the same time and prefers to choose the path in which she considers herself best.
Commercial breakthrough (2010-2015)
In 2010, the actress multiplies the projects: she plays the character of Grace Smart in the choral film Valentine’s Day in which her aunt Julia also appears, although they have no scene together. This project allows him to tie with the heights of the box office7 failing to really convince the critics8.
Roberts then played the female lead in the action film Twelve, alongside fellow TV star Chace Crawford. She ventured internationally with the thriller 184.108.40.206., Continued to expand into independent cinema with the drama Virginia and the dramatic comedy It’s Kind of a Funny Story, then she participated in the Japanese drama Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac.
In 2011, Roberts appeared as the main cast of the high-profile drama The Day I Met Her9 and also had a major role in Wes Craven’s Scream 4. In this last part, she plays Jill Roberts, Sydney’s cousin, emblematic character of the saga, played by Neve Campbell. This fourth chapter of the franchise is fairly well received by critics, although it achieves the lowest entry scores of the entire franchise.
After a simple appearance in 2012 in the independent dramatic comedy Celeste and Jess Forever, where she lends her features to Riley Banks, a brainless singer, she then moves on to more exposed productions.
In 2013, she played in the thriller Empire State with Dwayne Johnson and Liam Hemsworth and she played, above all, one of the main roles in the comedy We’re the Millers, which earned her her first major commercial success12. With new media exposure, she won the award for best kiss in a film for her scene with Will Poulter and Jennifer Aniston and the title of best actress in a comedy at the Teen Choice Awards.
Subsequently, however, she favors more complex roles, and thus moves away from commercial productions.
In 2013, she made her return to television. She landed the lead role of Lena Haloway in the television series Delirium, based on the eponymous novels by Lauren Oliver. However, the FX channel, until then supposed to broadcast the program, decided not to continue with the project.
Determined to return to television success, Roberts trusts Ryan Murphy, thanks to which she obtains the lead role of Madison Montgomery, a rotten-spoiled television starlet who turns out to be a witch, in the third season of the series. American Horror Story, titled Coven. This televisual role gives him time to continue shooting in the cinema.
In 2014, the actress starred in the film Adult World, for which her performance was acclaimed. She also declares on this subject that most of her lines were improvised, so that her reactions were as natural as possible. That same year, she starred in the indie drama Palo Alto, where her performance was also acclaimed.
However, she decides not to leave American Horror Story by joining the cast of the fourth season, entitled Freak Show15. The format of the anthology of the series allowing its actors and actresses to change characters each new season, Roberts this time plays Maggie Esmeralda, a so-called fortune teller.
Between television and cinema (2015-)
In 2015, she played Rebekah Fuller in the independent drama I Am Michael, inspired by the true story of Michael Glatze, a former gay activist who converted to Christianity and today considers all kinds of homosexual relations to be abnormal. This production, whose headliners are James Franco and Zachary Quinto, is hailed by the industry17. The actress’s portrayal here once again received critical acclaim, earning her an award at FilmOut San Diego in the Best Supporting Actress category.
The same year, the actress plays in the comedy-drama Ashby, with Mickey Rourke, but also in the thriller The Blackcoat’s Daughter (also called February), alongside Kiernan Shipka.
This was also the year that Roberts was supposed to continue American Horror Story, returning in season five of the Hotel name. Nevertheless, the actress had to give up the appearance at the end of the season which was planned because of conflicting schedules.
In 2015, the young actress made a decisive choice: she declined the role of Harley Quinn in the blockbuster Suicide Squad, produced by Warner Bros.
She prefers to lend her features to the character of Chanel Oberlin, a rich young woman with an over-sized ego who witnesses a series of the most parodic murders, and thus becomes the headliner of the new television series Scream. Queens21. This fiction, created by Ryan Murphy, combines horror and comedy and allows him to reconnect with popular award ceremonies like the People’s Choice Awards and the Teen Choice Awards.
The series was, however, canceled after the second season following a drop in audiences and the difficulty of finding a plausible scenario for a potential third season.
In 2017, the actress played the main character of the thriller Nerve, Venus Delmonico, which won over critics25 and met with box office success.
That same year, she participated in a video made by the advocacy group Human Rights Campagn about the victims of the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The actress and other personalities appearing there tell the stories of those who died there.
Also in 2017, Roberts announced on her Instagram profile that she would star in the seventh season of American Horror Story, titled Cult. However, she is only present in one episode, where she plays Serena Belinda, a journalist desperate to succeed in the industry. On the cinema side, she joined the mainly male cast of the drama Billionaire Boys Club, as a leading female role. She rubs shoulders with actors Taron Egerton and Ansel Elgort. These two works allow the actress to work again with Billie Lourd, her former co-star of Scream Queens. She is also the star of the independent drama Who We Are Now presented at the Transylvania International Film Festival 2017, with Julianne Nicholson and Zachary Quinto, a critical success.
In 2018, she continued to collaborate with Ryan Murphy by re-playing the role of pretentious witch Maddison Montgomery for season 8 of American Horror Story. That same year, she starred in the romantic comedy Little Italy alongside Hayden Christensen29,30 and was executive producer of the independent comedy-drama In a Relationship in which she starred alongside Michael Angarano and Dree Hemingway. In October 2018, it was announced that she would star in a new series developed by the video on demand platform, Netflix, titled Spinning Out, which focuses on a former glory of figure skating. However, in December 2018, she was forced to give up the role because of her schedule, and she was eventually replaced by actress Kaya Scodelario.
In 2019, Ryan Murphy confirms the presence of the actress for season 9 of American Horror Story, in one of the main roles. This new season will be inspired by the cult horror films of the 1980s. The same year, alongside Felicia Day, she produced an animated series, Betches, for the Freeform network. Also, she stars in the sci-fi thriller Paradise Hills alongside Milla Jovovich and Alfie Allen. It is the first feature film by Spanish director Alice Waddington37. This production divided the critics but received a few nominations during award ceremonies. The same year, she practiced dubbing for the needs of the animated film UglyDolls.
In 2020, she is one of the muses of the new Hugo Boss fragrance alongside Laura Harrier40. With whom she also participates in the campaign for the Louis Vuitton fall-winter 2020 pre-collection41. Then, she stars in Damon Lindelof’s anticipated political and societal thriller, The Hunt42, produced by Blumhouse and Universal. It is an adaptation of the short story The Most Dangerous Game (The Most Dangerous Game) by Richard Connell published in 1924, already brought to the screen in Les Chasses du comte Zaroff (1932). The film was originally due for release in the United States in September 2019.43 However, in August 2019, Universal suspended the film’s promotional campaign following the Dayton and El Paso killings44,3. A few days later, the film was even removed from the studio’s release schedule45,46. In February 2020, an American release is finally set for March 13, 2020, a Friday thirteenth, with a brand new trailer47,48. Jason Blum then specifies that the film has not been reworked.
Emma Roberts is a close friend of actor Devon Werkheiser and actress and singer Jamie Lynn Spears. She admires actresses Anne Hathaway, Drew Barrymore, Winona Ryder and Rachel McAdams.
In July 2012, she began dating actor Evan Peters, after meeting him on the set of the movie Adult World. The following year, while the couple were in a hotel room in Montreal, Quebec, a heated argument broke out and the police intervened. When she arrives at the scene, Roberts and Peters claim to have hit each other. The actress is arrested because Peters has visible injuries. The latter did not file any complaint against Roberts, which allowed her to be released a few hours later. In March 2014, Peters confirmed that he and the actress were engaged. They have a complicated relationship, leading them to break up in May 2016. Nevertheless, Roberts announces their engagement in January 201751. In March 2019, the couple breaks off their engagement and separates.
Since March 2019, Emma Roberts has been in a relationship with actor Garrett Hedlund. On August 31, 2020, she confirmed her pregnancy by revealing that she was expecting a boy via Instagram. Their son, Rhodes was born on December 27, 2020. The actress later confirms she has suffered from undiagnosed endometriosis since she was a teenager.