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Emma Roberts Bio
Emma Roberts (born February 10, 1991) is an American Actress and Singer. After small roles in films such as Blow (2001), she rose to prominence with her role as Addie Singer in the Nickelodeon television series Unfabulous (2004–07), for which she was nominated for a Teen Choice Award and six Young Artist Awards. She released her debut album, which also served as the show’s soundtrack, Unfabulous and More in 2005.
In 2004, Roberts began starring as the lead character Addie Singer in the Nickelodeon series Unfabulous, which debuted in September of that year. The sitcom earned Roberts a Teen Choice Award nomination and several Young Artist Award nominations. The show aired for three seasons from 2004 to 2007 and aired 42 episodes, ultimately ending in December 2007. The television series focused on a seventh grader, Addie Singer (Roberts), and her two best Friends. The show had had various TV movies, including The Perfect Moment. In 2004, Roberts guest-starred in an episode of the Nickelodeon series Drake and Josh in the episode “Honor Council”. After her run on Unfabulous, Nickelodeon had considered giving Roberts a kickstart into a Music career.
In 2006, Roberts returned to the big screen, starring alongside Sara Paxton and Singer JoJo in Aquamarine. She 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 fifth place at the box office in its opening weekend making $8 million. 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 was set to reunite with Nancy Drew director Andrew Fleming on both Rodeo Gal and a Nancy Drew sequel in 2007, but these films were never made. In 2008, she had her voiceover debut when she voiced the English version of the character Wilma in the CGI-animated family film The Flight Before Christmas.
In 2009, Roberts starred alongside Jake T. Austin in Hotel for Dogs, based on the novel by Lois Duncan. The film premiered in January 2009, and took fifth 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. Roberts starred as the lead in the film Wild Child, about a rebellious teen from Malibu, California sent to a boarding school in England. Roberts described her character as “pretty much your typical spoiled-brat Malibu socialite who gets shipped off to British boarding school.” Roberts also appeared in the indie film 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‘ niece.’ So I wanted to do something smaller and edgier, something that would show I really am an Actress.”
In 2010, Roberts co-starred as Grace in the film Valentine’s Day in which her aunt, Julia Roberts also appeared, although they were never together on-screen. She also appeared that year in Twelve and It’s Kind of a Funny Story. The following year, she co-starred in the film adaptation of Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac. She also starred alongside with Freddie Highmore in the romantic comedy The Art of Getting By. In 2011, she played the role of Jill Roberts in the Wes Craven film Scream 4.
In February 2012, Roberts co-starred with John Cusack and Evan Peters in Adult World located in Syracuse, New York. Roberts played a recent college graduate who works at an adult bookstore to make ends meet. She has said that most of her lines were ad-libbed so her reactions in the film were completely genuine. Her performance was praised by both Andrew O’Hehir of Salon and Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice, who praised Roberts’ performance as “both breezy and carefully tuned”.
Roberts appears in a supporting role in Dustin Lance Black’s Virginia, which received a limited theatrical release in May 2012 after a two and a half year delay. She next appeared in the 2012 film Celeste and Jesse Forever, parodying pop stars such as Kesha with her performance as Riley Banks, an incurious Blonde Singer. Roberts said in an interview that her role as Banks tempted her to write an album of songs using her character as an alter ego.
On February 7, 2013, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Roberts had been cast to star in a pilot for Fox called Delirium, based on the Lauren Oliver novels. She portrayed Lena Haloway, the protagonist, but Fox decided not to pick up the show. Roberts then starred in the comedy film We’re the Millers, alongside Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis. It was released on August 7, 2013. The film received mixed reviews from critics and was a financial success, grossing over $269 million against a budget of $37 million. She next appeared in season three of the horror anthology series American Horror Story from late 2013 through January 2014. Roberts portrayed a self-involved party girl named Madison Montgomery, who also happens to be a telekinetic witch. She then portrayed Maggie Esmerelda, a con artist posing as a fortune teller, in the season four, called American Horror Story: Freak Show. Roberts will also return for the fifth season subtitled Hotel.
Roberts played the lead role in Gia Coppola’s directorial debut, Palo Alto, based on James Franco’s short story collection of the same name. The film was released in May 2014 to generally positive reviews, with particular praise for Roberts’ performance. Tom Shone of The Guardian and Ian Freer of Empire both called her the “standout” of the film, with Freer praising her performance for being “heartbreaking as she suggests longings and anxieties without over-hyping it. Much like the film itself.” in August 2014, it was announced Roberts would appear in the horror-thriller film February alongside Kiernan Shipka. The film will be directed by Osgood Perkins. Roberts has been confirmed as a cast member on the first season of the upcoming Fox series Scream Queens, alongside Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele and Oliver Hudson. The series will be a comedy-horror anthology, and will see involvement by Glee and American Horror Story producers Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Dante Di Loreto. Ian Brennan will also contribute to the series. In January 2015, it was confirmed that she would star in Lionsgate’s adaptation of the young-adult novel Nerve alongside Dave Franco Roberts also stars alongside Palo Alto co-star Nat Wolf in Ashby. The film revolves around high-school student Ed Wallis who enters into a friendship with his neighbor, Ashby, a retired CIA assassin who only has a few months left to live, Roberts portrayed the role of Eloise. The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 19, 2015. Shortly after the films premiere, the distribution rights were acquired by Paramount Pictures and The Film Arcadeinternationally including North America and many more countries, the film will be released on September 25, 2015, in a limited release and through video on demand.
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