The Stunning Transformation Of Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts is a part of one of the few family dynasties in Hollywood. As her last name reveals, she hails from the Roberts family, a true Hollywood dynasty. While many people know who Julia Roberts is — and some may even know of Julia Roberts' brother — you may not know that the siblings aren't the only famous or talented members of the family. Julia Roberts' niece, Emma Roberts, is a huge Hollywood success story.

With such a famous aunt, it's no wonder Emma Roberts would also become one of the leading ladies in the entertainment industry. But, just because she started out in the family business, that doesn't mean Roberts didn't have to work hard to become the star that she is today. Sure, she had the perk of name recognition, but she also had tons of talent, and that was evident very early on in her career. From indie movies to horror shows, Roberts has done it all, and her stunning transformation over the years is nothing short of incredible.

Emma Roberts had a head start in the industry

With a famous aunt like Julia Roberts — not to mention a shared, renowned last name — it makes total sense that the young actor would find herself at home in the entertainment industry. In fact, one of Emma Roberts' first memories is of being on the set of Erin Brockovich with her aunt Julia.

In an interview with Allure, Roberts explained how she didn't want to go home while on the set. "I'd run and hide in her makeup trailer and hear, 'Where's Emma? It's time for bed! She has to go home!'" she said. "I remember it feeling like summer camp, just the feeling of creativity." Clearly, being on set with her aunt made a big impact on Roberts, as she then went on to audition for roles shortly after. Roberts may have gotten a head start in the industry, but that doesn't mean she doesn't also have plenty of talent.

Emma Roberts was so young when she landed her first movie

Believe it or not, Emma Roberts didn't start her acting career fresh out of the womb, despite being a member of a famous family. In fact, she was ten years old when she landed her first acting role, playing a young Kristina Jung in the crime drama Blow. The movie starred Hollywood heavy-hitters Jaime King, Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz.

It was definitely a demanding role for such a young girl, as the film told the story of the birth of the American cocaine market in the 1970s, led by none other than Pablo Escobar. But, really, this movie may kicked off Roberts' penchant for darker themes. As she got older, Roberts tackled roles in horror films, dramas, and indie flicks, thus proving she really can do it all. Looking back at Roberts' transformation, and how young she was in Blow, it's amazing to see just how far she's come.

Emma Roberts had an incredible experience forging her own career

After Emma Roberts filmed Blow, she went on to appear in a few small projects, including an episode of the popular Nickelodeon sitcom Drake & Josh. However, it wasn't until 2006 — some five years after starring in Blow — that Roberts truly got to forge her own career by taking on a leading role. In Aquamarine, Roberts played Claire, a teen who goes on an epic oceanic adventure with her best friend. At the time, Roberts told just how excited she was to star in the film.

"It's called Aquamarine and we just finished shooting in Australia a couple months ago," she dished to the site. "We actually just did re-shoots for it so it was cool to see everybody again. ... It's about these two girls who find a mermaid so it's really cool!" Roberts clearly had a great time working on the project and the movie was really just the start of her career and a big step toward making a name for herself.

Emma Roberts even starred in her own series and embraced her awkward stage

Shortly after Emma Roberts finished with Aquamarine, she did something she had never done before: She landed the lead role on a television series. It was a big deal for the young star and viewers too. Many millennials no doubt remember watching Roberts' awkward and relatable character Addie Singer on Nickelodeon's Unfabulous.

As The Atlantic detailed in a piece centered on Roberts' career, Unfabulous is where Roberts really started to shine on-screen. "She sold the show on the strength of how relatable she was; this was a girl you knew, who didn't have the greatest voice or writing skills but had a crazy amount of pluck," the article reported. "She wasn't a star — you might call her 'unfabulous' — but you thought she could be someday." It truly encapsulated the awkward stage everyone goes through and the role was particularly perfect for Roberts as she filmed it when she herself had yet to truly blossom.

Emma Roberts landed a series of fun teen flicks

From her series Unfabulous to all the other fun teen flicks that Roberts starred in, it was obvious that she'd become the reigning queen of the teens by the late aughts. Although Roberts went on to star in what's considered one of the worst teen movies of the 2000sWild Child, she found more success with Hotel for Dogs, Valentine's Day, and Nancy Drew. Of all the films, it definitely seems as though Nancy Drew was the most important role to the young star.

In an interview with Collider, Roberts explained why she really loved the role, and the film in general. "I mean, Nancy Drew is such an iconic character and she's a really, really great character that's been around for decades so I read the script and I instantly clicked with it and loved the character and loved the whole storyline," she explained. Although she hadn't read the books on which the movie was based until after getting the part, she recognized a lot of similarities between the character and herself. "We're determined, ambitious, curious," she told the publication, "but I think she's much more of a neat freak than I am."

Emma Roberts met her longtime love Evan Peters

In 2011, Emma Roberts had a lot going on for her, but that doesn't mean she didn't have time for romance. In fact, according to MTV News, she met Evan Peters that year. After coupling up, the two had quite the rollercoaster of a relationship. In 2013, after two years of dating, TMZ reported that "Emma Roberts was arrested for a domestic violence incident in Canada — after allegedly bloodying her boyfriend, Evan Peters."

That wasn't the end of their relationship, though. In 2014, reports began to swirl that the two were engaged. In fact, after reporting that Roberts was spotted with a very big ring on a very important finger, a source confirmed to E! News that the couple had gotten engaged. The two were happy and though their relationship had more than a few road bumps, that doesn't mean it wasn't a huge part of Roberts' life.

Emma Roberts took a chance on Scream

After all the fun and light teen projects Emma Roberts starred in at the beginning of her career, landing a role in a horror movie didn't seem like it was up her alley exactly. Nevertheless, Roberts became a scream queen by taking on the role of Jill Roberts in Scream 4.

In an interview with Collider, Roberts explained that accepting the part was a leap for her, but it felt right. "I was a huge fan of the franchise," she revealed. "I'm a huge fan of Wes Craven, and I thought the fact that he was coming back to direct this one meant it was going to be good, and I loved the part. I read the script and it was an interesting role. I'd never done a horror movie, so why not?" Roberts totally nailed the part and, as it turned out, Scream 4 was just the beginning of the actor's love of all things horror, comedy, and a combination of the two.

Emma Roberts landed a dream role in American Horror Story

After years of hard work and starring in a ton of different projects, many of which in different genres, Emma Roberts got a role in American Horror Story: Coven. While Roberts had dabbled in the horror and mystery genres before, this was still a huge break for her. It also cemented her place in the American Horror Story Hall of Fame.

"When I heard it was going to be Coven, I was like, 'I'm so happy I'm on this season 'cause if I wasn't and I was watching it, I would be so mad,'" she said in an interview with Collider. "When I was younger, I loved all those witch movies, like The Craft and The Witches and The Witches of Eastwick. Even Sabrina the Teenage Witch was what I grew up on." She continued, saying, "There's just something so fascinating about witches, and I think it hasn't been done, in a very, very long time. It's just so cool." So cool, indeed.

Scream Queens was the perfect project for Emma Roberts

Though Emma Roberts had the honor of playing the iconic character of Nancy Drew, you really can't get much more iconic than Roberts' character in Fox's horror-comedy anthology series Scream Queens. The show centered on Roberts' character, Chanel Oberlin, a sorority girl at a college where a murderer seems to be tracking down the sorority members one by one. For Roberts, it was the perfect role, as she had already done American Horror Story: Coven, and loved it.

"I'm the biggest Ryan Murphy [Scream Queens' showrunner] fan," she said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. "I mean Glee, American Horror Story. When we were more than half way through Freak Show, he called me and he was like, 'I have this new show. It's kind of Heathers meets Halloween and I want you to be the lead.' I was like, 'Excuse me? That sounds like my dream.'" The show only ran for two seasons, but the Roberts-led series quickly became a cult classic.

Emma Roberts had her big break in We're the Millers

Emma Roberts really started to break out of the teen scene after she landed Scream Queens, so when she got the part of Casey Mathis in We're the Millers, it was the culmination of all her hard work — and she definitely deserved it. In the comedy flick, Roberts got to star alongside A-listers like Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, and Kathryn Hahn.

In an interview with Collider, Roberts revealed the hardest part of filming the movie. "For me I guess a lot of stuff in the RV because actually we're not really driving anywhere were just sitting there and its green screen and we have to pretend the whole time, so that was kind of difficult," she said. "But, I don't know, mine was mostly fun. I didn't have to do anything as crazy as you did," she added, referring to Aniston's scenes. We're the Millers was a huge moment in Roberts' career, and she nailed her performance.

Emma Roberts decided to launch a business based on her love of reading

If you follow Emma Roberts on Instagram, you know she posts a lot of different things: photo shoots she's done, throwbacks, selfies, and, of course, books. Roberts has posted so many book recommendations to her Instagram that it was only natural she would co-found Belletrist, an online book club, with her best friend Karah Preiss.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Roberts explained how the book club came to be. "... I started organically posting what I'm reading on Instagram, because that's such a big part of my life, and it's what I share with people," she said. "I was realizing it was starting so many conversations, and so many people were tagging me, and people were telling me about the books that they were writing, and their favorite books. And so many scripts I read are based on books, so it's really a huge part of my life." 

The book club is perfectly on brand with sweet and smart Roberts. "It's just this labor of love from my best friend and me," she added. And it's a labor of love that hundreds of thousands of people appreciate.

Emma Roberts called off her engagement, but she bounced back quickly

While the actress' career was exploding, her personal life took a bit of a hit. Well, sort of. In March 2019, Us Weekly confirmed that Emma Roberts and Evan Peters broke up after being together for nearly seven years. 

"Emma and Evan were heading for a split and now are just friends," a source told the publication. "Evan has moved out. It wasn't a bad breakup." Shortly after, Roberts was spotted out with a new man — and there were definitely sparks flying between them. "Garrett [Hedlund] and Emma have been friends, but this is new, casual, and just a couple of weeks old," a source explained. While Roberts and Peters were together for a while, that doesn't mean their breakup was super dramatic. And in the end, it might be for the best, as long as they're both happy.

Friends and family are everything to Emma Roberts

Though Emma Roberts has spent most of her life in the entertainment industry and has been working for years, that doesn't mean that her job is the most important thing to her. To the contrary, it seems that family and friends are everything.

In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Roberts explained that she stays grounded by staying connected to the people who mean the most to her. "I spend hours on the phone with my mom," she said. "She puts everything into perspective. She's never once judged me." The star continued, saying, "I also have the most amazing group of friends. They come over and we lie in bed or talk, watch TV, or read short stories to each other. We open a bottle of wine. To me, that's the best whenever anything is going on — to have everyone come over and be together." No matter what happens in life, Roberts has a great core group of people with whom she surrounds herself. And isn't that really what matters?

Emma Roberts will executive produce an animated series

Emma Roberts has had an impressive career, especially considering the fact that she's still so young, but she isn't done growing and branching out of her comfort zone. As of this writing, Roberts is set to executive produce an animated comedy series based on the media brand Betches. Additionally, Roberts will voice one of the show's characters, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

According to the publication, Betches will be an "irreverent show about three millennial women navigating their 20s in New York, calling s*** out as they see it and daring to say out loud what everyone is already thinking." Roberts is extremely talented, and even though you could say she had somewhat of an advantage due to her family's connection to the entertainment industry, that doesn't mean she doesn't work hard for everything she gets. Roberts' career only seems to be getting better and better and, through all the highs and lows of her life, she's remained on top.