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Roberts at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con
Emma Rose Roberts

(1991-02-10) February 10, 1991 (age 28)
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active2001–present

Emma Rose Roberts (born February 10, 1991) [1] is an American actress and singer. After making her film debut as Kristina Jung in the crime film Blow (2001), Roberts gained recognition for her lead role as Addie Singer on the Nickelodeon television series Unfabulous (2004–2007). She released her debut studio album Unfabulous and More in 2005. Roberts then appeared 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).

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<i>Unfabulous</i> television series

Unfabulous is an American teen sitcom that aired on Nickelodeon. The series is about an "unfabulous" middle school student and teenager named Addie Singer, played by Emma Roberts. The show, which debuted on September 12, 2004, was one of the most-watched programs in the United States among children between the ages of 10 and 16. It was created by Sue Rose, who previously created the animated series Pepper Ann and Angela Anaconda, and co-created the character Fido Dido with Joanna Ferrone. The series ended on December 16, 2007, with the third season being the final season.


Looking for more mature roles, Roberts obtained starring roles in the films Lymelife (2009), (2010), Scream 4 (2011), Adult World (2013), We're the Millers (2013), Palo Alto (2013), The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015), and Nerve (2016). She starred in the lead role of Chanel Oberlin on the Fox horror-comedy series Scream Queens (2015–2016), and appeared in four seasons of the FX horror anthology series American Horror Story .

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Scream 4 is a 2011 American slasher film and the fourth and final installment in the Scream series. Directed by Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson, the film stars an ensemble cast, which includes David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Anthony Anderson, Alison Brie, Adam Brody, Rory Culkin, Marielle Jaffe, Erik Knudsen, Mary McDonnell, Marley Shelton and Nico Tortorella. The plot involves Sidney Prescott returning to Woodsboro after ten years, as part of her book tour. As soon as she arrives, Ghostface once again begins killing students from Woodsboro High.

Early life

Roberts was born in Rhinebeck, New York, [2] to Kelly Cunningham and actor Eric Roberts. [3] 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. [4] 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. [4] Her mother initially wanted her to have a normal childhood. [5]

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Acting career

2001–2007: Breakthrough with Unfabulous

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Roberts at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival

Roberts made her acting debut at age nine in Ted Demme's 2001 drama film Blow . It was the first film for which she ever auditioned. [5] 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 . [6] 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, [7] while Spymate was not released until February 2006, when it was given a theatrical run in Canada, [8] followed by its DVD release in April 2006.

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George Jung major player in the cocaine trade in the United States in the 1970s and early 1980s

George Jacob Jung, nicknamed Boston George and El Americano, is an American former drug trafficker and smuggler who was a major figure in the cocaine trade in the United States in the 1970s and early 1980s. Jung was a part of the Medellín Cartel, which was responsible for up to 85% of the cocaine smuggled into the United States. He specialized in the smuggling of cocaine from Colombia on a large scale. His life story was portrayed in the biopic Blow (2001), starring Johnny Depp. Jung was released from prison on June 2, 2014, after serving nearly 20 years for drug-smuggling. On December 6, 2016 Jung was arrested and booked in Sacramento County jail for around a month, for violating his parole. He was arrested while giving a speech in San Diego.

In 2004, she began starring as the lead character Addie Singer in the Nickelodeon series Unfabulous , [9] which debuted in September of that year. The sitcom earned Roberts several Teen Choice Award and Young Artist Award nominations. [10] The series focused on a seventh grader, Addie, and her two best friends. It aired for three seasons (2004–2007). The show also spawned TV movies, including The Perfect Moment. Also in 2004, Roberts guest starred in an episode of the Nickelodeon series Drake & Josh titled "Honor Council". After her run on Unfabulous, Nickelodeon had considered giving Roberts a kick start into a music career. [11] 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. [12] The film Aquamarine took fifth place at the box office in its opening weekend making $8 million. [13] 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, [14] though the film was not well received by critics. [15] Roberts was set to reunite with Nancy Drew director Andrew Fleming on both Rodeo Gal [16] and a Nancy Drew sequel in 2007, but these films were never made. [17] [18]

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2008–2012: Film work

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Roberts at the Denim Habit Event in NYC (October 2011)

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 . [19] In 2009, Roberts starred alongside Jake T. Austin in Hotel for Dogs , [20] 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. [21] Roberts starred as the lead in the film Wild Child , [22] 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 a British boarding school." [23] Roberts also appeared in the independent film Lymelife with Alec Baldwin, which was premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival.

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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 . [24] The following year, she co-starred in the film adaptation of Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac . She also starred alongside Freddie Highmore in the romantic comedy The Art of Getting By . [25] [26] In 2011, she played the role of Jill Roberts in the Wes Craven film Scream 4 . [27] [28]

Roberts appeared 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. [29] In 2013, Roberts co-starred with John Cusack and Evan Peters in Adult World . 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. [30] 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". [31]

2013–present: American Horror Story and Scream Queens

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Roberts at 2014 PaleyFest for American Horror Story: Coven

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. [32] [33] The pilot episode was picked up by Hulu and was available to stream for a limited time beginning on June 20, 2014. [34] 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. [35] She next appeared in season three of the FX horror anthology series American Horror Story , called American Horror Story: Coven , from late 2013 through January 2014. Roberts portrayed a self-involved party girl named Madison Montgomery, who also happens to be a telekinetic witch. [36] She then portrayed Maggie Esmerelda, a con artist posing as a fortune teller, in American Horror Story: Freak Show . [37]

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, [38] with Freer praising her performance for being "heartbreaking as she suggests longings and anxieties without over-hyping it. Much like the film itself." [39] Roberts then starred alongside Palo Alto co-star Nat Wolff in Ashby , portraying the supporting role of Eloise. The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 19, 2015, [40] and was released on September 25, in a limited release and through video on demand. [41] [42]

Roberts next appeared in the horror film The Blackcoat's Daughter (also known by its original title February) alongside Kiernan Shipka. Directed by Osgood Perkins, the film premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. [43] Roberts played the lead character Chanel Oberlin on Fox's horror comedy series Scream Queens , alongside Jamie Lee Curtis and Lea Michele. The series was created by American Horror Story producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, with Glee producer Ian Brennan. [44] [45] The show was canceled after two seasons. [46] [47] In June 2016, the Human Rights Campaign released a video in tribute to the victims of the 2016 Orlando gay nightclub shooting; in the video, Roberts and others told the stories of the people killed there. [48] [49] Roberts then starred alongside Dave Franco in Lionsgate's adaptation of the young-adult novel Nerve . [50] The film premiered at the SVA Theater on July 12, 2016. [51]

In 2017, Roberts returned to American Horror Story, guest starring as newscast reporter Serena Belinda, in its seventh season, Cult , in the episode "11/9". [52] In March 2018, it was announced that Roberts is set to star in Anya's Ghost , an upcoming supernatural comedy film based on the award-winning graphic novel of the same name, written by Vera Brosgol and published in 2011. [53] Roberts then appeared in American Horror Story: Apocalypse , where she portrayed Madison Montgomery, for a second time. [54] After reports about Roberts being cast as Kat Baker in the Netflix series Spinning Out , it was announced on October 31, 2018 that Roberts had exited the series due to scheduling conflicts. [55]

On February 6, 2019, Ryan Murphy announced that Roberts will appear in the ninth season of American Horror Story. [56]

Music career

In 2005, Roberts released a debut album titled Unfabulous and More . The album was released on September 27, 2005, through Columbia Records and Nick Records. It also served as the soundtrack to the television series Unfabulous , in which Roberts starred. The album peaked at number 46 and 10 on Billboard 's Heatseekers Albums and Kid Albums charts, respectively. [57] In September 2005, two 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 ). 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 the Aquamarine soundtrack, a film in which 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." [58] 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 be better at one, so you might as well stick to the one you're good at. I'm going for acting." [59]

Personal life

In September 2011, Roberts began attending Sarah Lawrence College but by January 2012, she had put her studies on hold to concentrate on work commitments. [60]

Roberts began dating actor Evan Peters in 2012 after they worked together on the film Adult World . [61] In July 2013, while they were staying at a hotel in Montreal, Quebec, someone overheard a dispute coming from their room and called the police. After a "heated argument", they had begun hitting each other. [62] When the police arrived, they arrested Roberts. Peters was not arrested because Roberts did not have any immediately visible injuries. [63] Peters declined to press charges and Roberts was released several hours later. [64] In a joint statement, the couple called it "an unfortunate incident and misunderstanding," and stated that they "are working together to move past it." [64] Peters confirmed in March 2014 that he and Roberts were engaged. [65]

In February 2009, Roberts was named the brand ambassador for Neutrogena, appearing in print and television ads for the company. [66]

She has also appeared multiple times as part of Teen Vogue 's Best Dressed list, including in June 2007, September 2008, December 2008 and February 2009. [67]



2001 Blow Kristina Sunshine Jung
2001 bigLove DelilahShort film
2001 America's Sweethearts Girl in purple T-shirtUncredited [68]
2002 Grand Champion Sister
2006 Spymate Amelia Muggins
2006 Aquamarine Claire Brown
2007 Nancy Drew Nancy Drew
2008 The Flight Before Christmas Wilma (voice)
2008 Wild Child Poppy Moore
2008 Lymelife Adrianna Bragg
2009 Hotel for Dogs Andi
2008 The Winning Season Abbie
2010 Valentine's Day Grace Smart
2010 Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac Alice Leeds
2010 Twelve Molly Norton
2010 Joanne
2010 It's Kind of a Funny Story Noelle
2010 Virginia Jessie Tipton
2011 Scream 4 Jill Roberts
2011 The Art of Getting By Sally Howe
2012 Celeste and Jesse Forever Riley Banks
2013 Empire State Nancy MichaelidesDirect-to-video
2013 We're the Millers Casey Mathis / Casey Miller
2014 Adult World Amy Anderson
2014 Palo Alto April
2015 I Am Michael Rebekah Fuller
2015 Ashby Eloise
2015 The Blackcoat's Daughter Joan Marsh
2016 Nerve Venus "Vee" Delmonico
2017 Who We Are Now Jess
2018 In a Relationship Hallie
2018 Billionaire Boys Club Sydney
2018 Little Italy Nikki Angioli
2019 Paradise Hills Uma
2019 UglyDolls [69] Wedgehead (voice)Upcoming


2004–2007 Unfabulous Addie Singer41 episodes
2004 Drake & Josh Addie SingerEpisode: "Honor Council"
2006–2012 Punk'd Herself2 episodes
2007 The Hills HerselfEpisode: "Young Hollywood"
2010 Jonas HerselfEpisode: "House Party"
2010 Take Two with Phineas and Ferb HerselfEpisode: "Emma Roberts"
2011 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition HerselfEpisode: "The Brown Family"
2013 Family Guy Amanda Barrington (voice)Episode: "No Country Club for Old Men"
2013–2014 American Horror Story: Coven Madison Montgomery 13 episodes
2014 Delirium Lena HalowayUnsold television pilot
2014–2015 American Horror Story: Freak Show Maggie Esmerelda 10 episodes
2015–2016 Scream Queens Chanel Oberlin 23 episodes
2017 American Horror Story: Cult Serena Belinda Episode: "11/9"
2018 American Horror Story: Apocalypse Madison Montgomery7 episodes
2019 American Horror Story [70] TBAUpcoming season


Soundtrack albums

List of albums, with selected chart positions
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart position
Unfabulous and More 4610
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.


List of singles
"I Wanna Be" [72] 2005Unfabulous and More
"Dummy" [73]
"Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" [74] Non-album single

Other appearances

"If I Had It My Way"2005 Ice Princess Original Soundtrack
"Island in the Sun"2006 Aquamarine
"Strangely Sexy Though"2010 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
"Do It on My Face"2012None [75]

Music videos

List of music videos, showing director
"I Wanna Be"2005Herself
"Go Outside"2011Isaiah Seret [76] Cults Guest appearance
"Testosterone"2012Petro [77] Haziq and the Giggles
"Nice for What"2018 Karena Evans [78] Drake

Awards and nominations

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Billie Lourd American actress; daughter of Carrie Fisher

Billie Catherine Lourd is an American actress. She is known for starring as Chanel #3 in the Fox horror comedy series Scream Queens (2015–2016) and for her roles in the FX horror anthology series American Horror Story (2017–present). She also appears as Lieutenant Connix in the Star Wars sequel trilogy (2015–2019).


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