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Emma Roberts is an undeniable talent who has amassed an impressive film and television career over the course of over a decade.
In August 2021, it was announced that Roberts signed a first-look partnership with Hulu to develop and create compelling television series under her production banner, Belletrist TV. This collaboration focuses on adaptations of books with her Belletrist book club co-founder Karah Preiss, serving as executive producer, and the club’s director of development Matt Matruski, producing. Based on Carola Lovering’s novel of the same name, the first project developed is “Tell Me Lies,” a twisted, modern love story about Lucy Albright (Grace Van Patten) and Stephen DeMarco (Jackson White) and their tumultuous relationship as it unfolds over the course of eight-years. The streaming platform will release in late Summer.
Additionally, Roberts serves as an executive producer, alongside Priess under their Belletrist TV banner, on the YA vampire drama, “First Kill.” The eight-episode series is based on the short story by best-selling author Victoria “V.E.” Schwab, and follows Juliette (Sarah Catherine Hook), a teenage vampire who is out to make her “first kill.” Netflix released the show on June 10, 2022.
Next, Roberts will soon begin production on Marvel’s “Madame Web,” the Spider-Man spin-off which centers on a clairvoyant mutant (Dakota Johnson) who specializes in predicting the future of Spider-themed superheroes. Sony will release the film on July 7, 2023.
Recently, Roberts starred in Vertical Entertainment and Three Point Capital’s, “Abandoned.” Directed by Spencer Squire, the thriller follows a mother (Roberts), father (John Gallagher Jr.), and infant son as they move into a remote farmhouse, which harbors a dark, tragic history. The film released in theaters on June 17, 2022.
Previously, Roberts starred opposite Luke Bracey in Netflix’s film “Holidate,” directed by John Whitesell. The romantic comedy followed two strangers who are fed up with the pressures of holiday dating and make a deal to be each other’s designated “holidate” over the course of an entire year. The streaming platform released the film in October 2020. Upcoming, Roberts will reunite with Bracy in the multi-generational, romantic comedy, “Maybe I Do.” The story follows Michelle (Roberts) and Allen (Bracey) who are thinking about marriage and decide to invite their parents to meet for the first time in order to understand why marriage works. Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere, and William H. Macy will also star. Further, Roberts will rejoin with “Holidate” screenwriter Tiffany Paulsen in the romantic comedy, “About Fate.” The film will follow two people who believe to be in love, but seem to never be able to find its true meaning.
Roberts took on leading roles in multiple seasons of Ryan Murphy’s anthology television series, “American Horror Story,” for FX. In 2013, she appeared in the third installment, “Coven,” as Madison, a party-girl teen witch who attends a special institution devoted to training and educating the few remaining witches to keep their coven from extinction. In 2014, Roberts appeared in the fourth installment, “Freak Show,” playing fortune-teller, Maggie Esmeralda, in a circus of misfits and deformities. Roberts reprised her character Madison in the eighth season, “Apocalypse,” which was known as the eagerly-anticipated crossover between the previous “Murder House” and “Coven” seasons. In 2019, Roberts returned for the series’ ninth season, “1984,” as Brooke Thompson, an innocent young woman who has a fascination over serial killers. Both “American Horror Story: Coven” and “American Horror Story: Freak Show” received Emmy nominations for “Outstanding Limited Series.”
In 2019, Roberts starred in “Paradise Hills,” the directorial debut of Spanish helmer Alice Waddington. Also starring Eiza Gonzalez and Danielle Macdonald, the sci-fi thriller follows Uma (Roberts) as she wakes up in a high-class treatment facility on an isolated tropical island where well-off families send their daughters to become perfect versions of their selves. The film premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and was released by Samuel Goldwyn Films on November 1, 2019.
In May 2018, Roberts appeared in “Who We Are Now” for writer/director Matthew Newton. The film had its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and was also a selection of the 2018 South by Southwest Festival. In April 2018, Roberts co-starred in director and writer Sam Boyd’s “In a Relationship,” opposite Michael Angarano. Based on Boyd’s short film of the same name, it is a film about the things that come between young people, what they fight about, and what they are afraid of. The film premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.
In March 2017, Roberts can previously be seen in the horror-thriller, “The Blackcoat’s Daughter,” from writer-director Osgood Perkins, which centers around two young women in an all-girls boarding school, played by Roberts and Kiernan Shipka, who are haunted by an evil force. The film premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and was released by A24 Films. In July 2016, Roberts starred opposite Dave Franco in the Lionsgate cyber-thriller “Nerve,” from directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman and adapted from the 2012 novel by Jeanne Ryan.
From 2015-2016, Roberts portrayed Chanel Oberlin in the FOX comedy-horror series “Scream Queens” for two seasons. From the minds of “Glee” creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Flachuk, and Ian Brennan, the series also starred Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele, and Abigail Breslin.
In September 2015, Roberts co-starred alongside Mickey Rourke and Nat Wolff in the indie feature “Ashby,” written and directed by Tony McNamara. The film premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. She also appeared opposite James Franco and Zachary Quinto in “I Am Michael,” based-off The New York Times Magazine article entitled “My Ex-Gay Friend,” which initially premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
In May 2014, Roberts starred in Gia Coppola’s directorial debut “Palo Alto.” In the coming-of-age story, Roberts played a high school student who begins a questionable relationship with her soccer coach, played by James Franco. The film originally premiered at the 2013 Venice International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival and was released in theaters by Tribeca Film. In February 2014, Roberts took on the lead role in the IFC indie film “Adult World,” directed by Scott Coffey, as an aspiring young poet who is forced to take a job at an adult bookstore due to the bad economy. The film initially premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013 and John Cusack, Evan Peters and Cloris Leachman co-star.
In August 2013, Roberts starred in Warner Bros.’ summer hit comedy “We’re The Millers” with Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis, from director Rawson Marshall Thurber. In the comedy, Sudeikis’ character assembles a fake family to smuggle a large shipment of pot across the Mexican border. Roberts played a tough street girl who is transformed into his daughter by masquerading as an all-American, preppy young woman. The following month, Roberts played the love interest of Liam Hemsworth in Lionsgate’s “Empire State,” a crime drama directed by Dito Montiel.
Roberts starred in Dimension Films’ fourth installment revival of the “Scream” franchise for director Wes Craven, joining original cast members Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette. Roberts portrayed Jill, the cousin of Campbell, who was the new girl in a small town. Audiences were shocked to discover Roberts’ sweet girl-next-door character turned out to be the killer.
In October 2010, Roberts played the role of Noelle in the critically-acclaimed Focus Features production, “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” opposite Zach Galifianakis and Viola Davis, for directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden. Roberts also starred in the indie film “Virginia” opposite Ed Harris and Jennifer Connelly, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. The film is directed by Dustin Lance Black (Oscar winner for “Milk”) and executive produced by Gus Van Sant.
In February 2010, Roberts co-starred alongside Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Patrick Dempsey, Jennifer Garner, Ashton Kutcher, Carter Jenkins, and Julia Roberts in the romantic comedy “Valentine’s Day.” Jenkins and Roberts re-teamed, after sharing the screen in “Unfabulous,” to play a young couple who are contemplating whether to take a crucial step in their relationship. The film was directed by Gary Marshall and released by Warner Bros.
In 2009, Roberts headlined the DreamWorks hit film “Hotel for Dogs” as one of two orphaned street kids who convert an old-abandoned hotel into an elaborate fantastical place for stray dogs. Lisa Kudrow and Don Cheadle co-star and the film grossed over $113 million dollars worldwide.
In Summer 2007, Roberts starred as the titular character in “Nancy Drew,” a big-screen adaptation of the classic teenage detective novels for Warner Bros. The film was directed by Andrew Fleming and produced by Jerry Weintraub. That same year, Roberts was honored as the “ShoWest Female Star of Tomorrow.” Roberts also appeared in the Fox 2000 film “Aquamarine” in 2006, based on the Alice Hoffman novel that tells the story of two teen girls who discover a mermaid after their coastal town is ravaged by a hurricane. The film was directed by Elizabeth Allan and produced by Susan Cartsonis.
From 2004-2007, Roberts played ‘Addie Singer’ in the Nickelodeon hit comedy series “Unfabulous,” created by Sue Rose. It was one of the highest rated “tween” series on television at the time, telling the story of a teenage girl dealing with the trials of growing up, fitting in, and being popular.
Upon landing her very first audition, Roberts booked the role of Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz’s daughter in “Blow,” which was directed by the late Ted Demme for New Line Cinema. Soon after, she starred in the Sundance short film “Big Love,” directed by Leif Tilden and starring Sam Rockwell. Roberts went on to play one of the lead roles in the independent feature film “Grand Champion,” opposite Joey Lauren Adams, for director Barry Tubb.
Additional film credits include “Little Italy” opposite Hayden Christensen, Gavin Wiesen’s “The Art of Getting By” with Freddie Highmore and Michael Angarano, “Celeste & Jesse Forever” opposite Rashida Jones, Noel Clark’s thriller “22.214.171.124.,” Joel Schumacher’s “Twelve” and “Lymelife,” produced by Martin Scorcese, and “The Winning Season” opposite Sam Rockwell.
In 2019, Roberts lent her voice as ‘Wedgehead’ in the animated feature “UglyDolls,” a story about acceptance, diversity, joy and friendship that was released by STX Entertainment in May 2019.
Originally from New York, Roberts currently resides in Los Angeles.