- Emma Rose Roberts
February 10, 1991 (age 29)
- Singer, Actor, Model, Voice Actor
- Eric Roberts, Kelly Cunningham, Eliza Roberts, Kelly Nickels
Emma Rose Roberts (born February 10, 1991) is an American actress, model and singer. She rose to prominence with her role as Addie Singer in the Nickelodeon television series Unfabulous. She subsequently released her debut album, which also served as the show's soundtrack, Unfabulous and More. After Unfabulous ended, Roberts shifted focus to roles in films, first starring in the film Aquamarine and later as the title character in the 2007 film Nancy Drew. Looking for more mature roles, Roberts appeared in the 2009 drama Lymelife and went on to several more films, often in leading roles. She was part of the acting ensemble with her aunt Julia Roberts in the 2010 film Valentine's Day. In her 2013 return to television, she took on the role of Madison Montgomery in American Horror Story: Coven, the third season of the American Horror Story series.
Roberts was born in Rhinebeck, New York. She is the daughter of actor Eric Roberts and Kelly Cunningham, the stepdaughter of Eliza Roberts and Kelly Nickels, and the niece of actresses Julia Roberts and Lisa Roberts Gillan. She also has a half sister, Grace. During her childhood, Roberts spent time on the sets of her aunt Julia Roberts' films. These experiences sparked a desire in Emma, from the age of five, to follow her father and aunts into the film industry. Her mother initially wanted her to have a normal childhood.
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. 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 big Love, and was an uncredited extra in some scenes featuring her aunt Julia Roberts in America's Sweethearts.
She 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 2003'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. In August 2003, Roberts was scheduled to shoot an independent film called Daisy Winters, starring as the title character, alongside Rachel Weisz. However, the film, which would have been Roberts's first leading role, never began shooting due to financial problems.
In 2004, Roberts began starring as the lead character Addie Singer in the Nickelodeon series Unfabulous, which debuted in September of that year. The teen 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 September 2011, Roberts began attending Sarah Lawrence College but by January 2012, Roberts left school to concentrate on work commitments.
Roberts began dating actor Evan Peters in mid-2012. Roberts was arrested for domestic violence against Peters in Montreal, Quebec in July 2013. Someone at the couple's hotel overheard a dispute coming from their room and called police, who arrived to find Peters with a bloody nose and several bite marks. Roberts was released several hours after her arrest when Peters declined to press charges. In a joint statement, Roberts and Peters called it "an unfortunate incident and misunderstanding," and stated that they "are working together to move past it." Media reports on January 6, 2014 said they had become engaged over the holidays.