Emma Roberts and the niece of "America's Sweetheart," Julia Roberts, youthful actress Emma Roberts seemed almost destined by blood to go into the family business. Her first professional claim to fame, however, came on the small screen for her role as junior high school student Addie Singer in the popular children's television series "Unfabulous" (Nickelodeon, 2004-07).
Like her famous relatives, she eventually made the move to the big screen, starring in "Aquamarine" (2006), "Nancy Drew" (2007), "Hotel for Dogs" (2009) and "Valentine's Day" (2010). While her famous lineage may have helped her start down the path to stardom, her talent kept her moving ahead rapidly.She was born on Feb. 10, 1991 in Rhinebeck, NY. Split by her parents' divorce soon after her birth, little Emma grew up primarily with her mother, Julia Cunningham.
Although Eric and Julia were long estranged, Emma, by all accounts, always grew up very close to her look-alike aunt - making her foray into show business almost inevitable. In fact, even when Julia and Eric had fallings out through the years, Emma remained extremely close to her aunt. Roberts made her acting debut at age nine in the 2001 drama, "Blow" directed by Ted Demme.
Although she was cast in the role of Kristina Jung, (the daughter of Johnny Depp's character, cocaine smuggler George Jung), most of her scenes ended up on the cutting room floor due to time considerations. Fortunately, Roberts would get some belated screen time a year later in "Grand Champion" (2002), a drama starring Joey Lauren Adams. Roberts' follow-up, "Spymate" (2003), cast her as the daughter of a former spy played by Chris Potter