Emma Roberts rose to fame during her stint on Nickelodeon where she played Addie Singer in the show Unfabulous. After her starring role on that hit Nick show, she had roles in many pre-teen and young adult movies including Nancy Drew, Aquamarine, and Spymate. As she got older, Emma Roberts made a point of shedding her child star image and took on more mature and adult roles, the most intense being her role in the slasher film Scream 4, in which she plays a pivotal character.
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's films. These experiences sparked a desire in Emma, from the age of five, to follow her father and aunts into the film industry, though her mother initially wanted her to have a normal childhood.
She has also dabbled in music but prefers her acting career over anything else.
At the age of 10, Roberts began to go on auditions. She was cast as the daughter of Johnny Depp's character in Blow in 2001 and then received small parts in several other films. She attended The Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles for a short time, but she received most of her education through homeschooling and tutoring on movie sets.
From 2004 through 2007, Roberts starred in the Nickelodeon television series Unfabulous, playing Addie Singer, a junior high school student who writes songs about her own life. She also performed on the series’ soundtrack album, Unfabulous and More, released in 2005.
- Roberts, Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga and Jessica Lange are the only four cast members to appear in all episodes of Coven.
- Emma Roberts was engaged to Evan Peters who has been a staple cast member in the anthology series of American Horror Story, but they broke off the engagement in June 2015. Both continued to be seen in public together during the summer of 2015. In an interview in early October 2015, Evan Peters stated that he and Emma Roberts were dating again, however, in 2019, the two split on good terms.
- Emma Roberts and Evan Peters were both involved in a domestic fight in which both Evan and Emma were known to have been getting aggressive with each other and both suffered minor injuries, as confirmed by the officers who were on scene. Because Evan's injuries were more apparent than Emma's, she was arrested. Emma was released a few hours later when Evan refused to press any charges.
- Emma Roberts is one of the 24 cast members that portrayed the same character in different seasons. She portrayed Madison Montgomery in Coven and Apocalypse.
- She is one of the seven actors to work on both American Horror Story and Scream Queens. The others are Billie Lourd, Cathy Marks, Colton Haynes, Dalton E. Gray, Riley Schmidt and Skyler Samuels.
- Three of her four characters in the series (Madison, Maggie, and Serena) are similar to one another.
- All three of them have used their sexuality as a weapon. Madison to attract men, Maggie to seduce Jimmy (at first), and Serena for her job.
- All three of them are killed by another character, while their death is never treated as sad; save Madison's third death in Apocalypse.
- All three of them have a rivalry with another female character. Madison with Zoe (formerly), Maggie with the Tattler Twins, and Serena with Beverly.
- Bitchcraft - Madison Montgomery
- Boy Parts - Madison Montgomery
- The Replacements - Madison Montgomery
- Fearful Pranks Ensue - Madison Montgomery
- Burn, Witch. Burn! - Madison Montgomery
- The Axeman Cometh - Madison Montgomery
- The Dead - Madison Montgomery
- The Sacred Taking - Madison Montgomery
- Head - Madison Montgomery
- The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks - Madison Montgomery
- Protect the Coven - Madison Montgomery
- Go to Hell - Madison Montgomery
- The Seven Wonders - Madison Montgomery
- Edward Mordrake: Part 1 - Maggie Esmerelda
- Edward Mordrake: Part 2 - Maggie Esmerelda
- Pink Cupcakes - Maggie Esmerelda
- Bullseye - Maggie Esmerelda
- Test of Strength - Maggie Esmerelda
- Blood Bath - Maggie Esmerelda
- Tupperware Party Massacre - Maggie Esmerelda
- Orphans - Maggie Esmerelda
- Magical Thinking - Maggie Esmerelda
- Show Stoppers - Maggie Esmerelda
- Forbidden Fruit - Madison Montgomery
- Could It Be... Satan? - Madison Montgomery
- Boy Wonder - Madison Montgomery
- Return to Murder House - Madison Montgomery
- Traitor - Madison Montgomery
- Fire and Reign - Madison Montgomery
- Apocalypse Then - Madison Montgomery
- Camp Redwood - Brooke Thompson
- Mr. Jingles - Brooke Thompson
- Slashdance - Brooke Thompson
- True Killers - Brooke Thompson
- Red Dawn - Brooke Thompson
- Episode 100 - Brooke Thompson
- The Lady in White - Brooke Thompson
- Rest in Pieces - Brooke Thompson
- Final Girl - Brooke Thompson