Emma Roberts BiographyEmma Roberts is an actress, the daughter of Eric Roberts and the niece of Julia Roberts. At just 10 years old, she acted in the movie "Blow" alongside Johnny Depp. She's also well-remembered for her roles in movies like "Nancy Drew", "We're the Millers", "Nerve", and many others.
Early Life and FamilyBorn in February 1991, Emma is the daughter of actor Eric Roberts (Julia Roberts' brother) and model Kelly Cunningham. However, Eric didn't last even a year in the marriage, leaving Kelly alone with the baby.
Even though Emma grew up largely without her father, she always maintained close ties with his sisters, the legendary Julia Roberts and the less-known actress Lisa Roberts Gillan.
"Aunt Julia", upset with her brother's actions, helped Kelly retain custody of the child. She bought a house for her niece and former fiancée. Over the years, she adored and deeply cared for Emma.
Julia took Emma to film sets, and in 2000, helped her make her movie debut. It was the comedy "America's Sweethearts", where Julia played the lead role. Emma had a brief appearance, lasting only a few seconds, and wasn't even credited.
In 2001, Emma gained a stepfather, and soon after, a half-sister named Grace was born.
Acting CareerEmma inherited the acting genes. After trying it once, she became enamored with the stage and began actively attending auditions. She quickly found success and landed a role in the biographical drama "Blow", which tells the story of drug trafficker George Jung. Johnny Depp played the lead role, and Emma portrayed his daughter, experiencing life with her rebellious father.
Emma Roberts attended the Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles. However, due to the influx of roles following "Blow", she switched to homeschooling.
Emma's mother wasn't supportive of her career choice. Familiar with the dark side of showbiz and fearing Emma might follow the controversial path of Lindsay Lohan, she wished for a calmer life and carefree playtimes for her daughter. But Emma, like all the Roberts, with her stubborn and determined nature, held her ground.
From 2004 to 2007, Emma Roberts starred on the children's channel "Nickelodeon", specifically in the series "Unfabulous", where she played teenager Addie Singer navigating the challenges of adolescence. The plot revolved around Addie writing songs about her daily life and teen dilemmas, so Emma had to polish her singing skills.
By 2005, she released a solo album which also served as the series soundtrack, titled "Unfabulous and More". This was followed by a soundtrack for the Disney movie "Ice Princess".
The show "Unfabulous" earned the rising star widespread adoration from millions of teens, nominations for the Teen Choice Award in 2005, and the Young Artist Award.
In 2006, a mature and charming Emma Roberts began her modeling career with the clothing brand Dooney & Bourke. That same year, she filmed "Aquamarine" alongside Joanna Levesque and Sara Paxton, where Emma portrayed a mermaid.
2007 was a significant year for Emma Roberts, as she landed the lead role in "Nancy Drew." She transformed into the beloved children's detective character, brilliantly portraying a lover of adventures, mysteries, and puzzles.
The following year marked the premiere of the comedy "Wild Child," where she played Poppy Moore, a bold, spoiled, and cheeky girl sent to a British boarding school by her disgruntled father.
Around the same time, the drama "Lymelife" was released, premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival. This movie once again proved that Emma Roberts had outgrown Disney series and teen comedies and could rightly be considered one of the most promising actresses of her generation.
In 2010, the young star appeared alongside her aunt in the romantic comedy "Valentine's Day," perfectly syncing with country-pop star Taylor Swift.
Another boost in Emma Roberts' film career came after the premiere of the third season of the acclaimed series "American Horror Story." The season, focused on the story of an ancient witch clan, began in 2013 when Emma was 22. Her character, Madison Montgomery, is a spoiled starlet from a troubled family, a drug addict, and a mean girl, studying at the Witch Academy.
That same year, audiences saw her work alongside Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, and Will Poulter in the comedy "We're the Millers." Emma portrayed Casey, a homeless girl who joins a hapless drug smuggler and his fake family.
In 2016, the comedy horror series "Scream Queens," where she starred as Chanel Oberlin, was renewed for a second season. She was offered the role immediately, inspired by her performances in "Scream 4" and "American Horror Story." Other contenders weren't even considered. In the summer of 2016, the intense film "Nerve" was released, starring Emma Roberts and Dave Franco, who had recently shone in a brilliant role as a card magician in "Now You See Me 2". Roberts was thrust into the world of the virtual game "Nerve," where participants must complete challenges set by other players to earn real money.
That same year, Emma Roberts starred in "Billionaire Boys Club," a drama based on real events about an elite society of America's wealthiest people and the massive scam by its founder.
The film was released in 2018, grossing a mere $1349 at the US box office. This was because one of the key roles was played by Kevin Spacey, who, shortly before the premiere, was condemned for his advances towards young men, leading audiences to boycott the movie. It's a shame because Emma gave her all and was a true highlight of the film.
Emma played leading roles in seasons 8 and 9 of "American Horror Story."
Emma Roberts' Personal LifeEmma, with her independent and headstrong nature, wasn't quick to wear an engagement ring as her career was her main focus. She had many admirers, but most of her relationships were just fleeting passions. She dated actor Alex Pettyfer and later became involved with famous skateboarder Ryan Sheckler.
Her relationship with Evan Peters, which started in 2012, seemed more serious. They met while filming "American Horror Story." Emma felt an immediate attraction to Evan. Even though he played a character with deformed limbs on set, his real-life charm was irresistible.
At first, Evan didn't understand Emma's feelings and even kept his distance from her. But Emma's persistent nature won him over, and soon they declared themselves a couple.
Their relationship had its ups and downs. For instance, in the summer of 2013, Emma was accused of domestic violence after a heated argument. Still, by 2014, an expensive diamond engagement ring sparkled on her finger.
A year later, the couple announced their separation but reunited in the summer of 2016, spotted together in Los Angeles. Emma truly gave Evan a second chance.
Unfortunately, in March 2019, a source close to Emma revealed that Evan had moved out and their relationship was truly over. They decided to remain friends.
Emma's new boyfriend was Garrett Hedlund, an actor six years her senior. He's best known for his roles in "Troy" and as Captain Hook in "Pan."
In the summer of 2020, news broke that Emma was expecting a child with Garrett. By the end of August, she confirmed the news, captioning a photo with Hedlund, "Me and my two favorite guys," hinting at her pregnancy. Emma gave birth to a son, Rhodes, in December.
In early 2022, after three years together, Emma and Garrett split up. Insiders said the breakup was hard for both, but they made every effort to remain good parents. By summer, Emma started dating up-and-coming actor Cody John.
Emma Roberts NowIn 2020, Emma became a mother, taking a brief hiatus from her career. "Being a mom is a full-time job," Roberts noted. Once baby Rhodes grew a bit older, she made her return to the screen. In 2022, the movie "Abandoned" was released, a psychological horror about a woman with postpartum depression with Roberts in the lead role. She also starred in the romantic comedy "About Fate," a remake of the Soviet film "The Irony of Fate," directed by Marius Weisberg. Both movies received low ratings from viewers.
In 2023, Emma could be seen in the lead role in season 12 of "American Horror Story." The season, titled "Delicate," is based on Danielle Valentine's novel "Delicate Condition." The plot revolves around a woman who believes her repeated attempts to conceive are thwarted by supernatural entities. Alongside Emma, Kim Kardashian and Cara Delevingne also participated in the filming.
Also in 2023, the actress appeared in the romantic comedy "Maybe I Do," which boasts a truly star-studded cast including William H. Macy, Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, and Diane Keaton.
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