From Nickelodeon Star to Hollywood Leading Lady: A Look at Emma Roberts’ Movies and TV Shows


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Emma Roberts, niece of Julia Roberts and daughter of Eric Roberts, has carved her own path in Hollywood.  She’s an actress and singer who has impressed audiences with her range, taking on roles in everything from lighthearted family comedies to dark psychological thrillers. This article explores Emma Roberts’ filmography, highlighting the various projects that have shaped her career.

Early Career: Nickelodeon and Family Films (2001-2010)

Emma Roberts made her film debut at a young age, appearing in the 2001 crime drama “Blow” alongside Johnny Depp.  A few years later, she landed her breakout role as Addie Singer in the popular Nickelodeon series “Unfabulous” (2004-2007). This role not only brought her fame but also allowed her to showcase her comedic talents.

Following the success of “Unfabulous,” Roberts transitioned to movies aimed at a young adult audience.  She starred in films like “Aquamarine” (2006) with teen pop star JoJo, the mystery comedy “Nancy Drew” (2007), and the British boarding school comedy “Wild Child” (2008).  These roles solidified her status as a teen idol and demonstrated her charm and comedic timing.

Transitioning to More Mature Roles (2010-2015)

As Roberts matured, so did her filmography.  She began taking on roles in films that explored more complex themes.  We saw this in  “Lymelife” (2008), a coming-of-age drama, and “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” (2010), a dramedy about a teenager dealing with mental health struggles.

Roberts also showed her versatility by appearing in films adapted from young adult novels, such as “The Art of Getting By” (2011) and “The Lucky One” (2012).  These roles challenged her acting skills and helped her establish herself as a leading lady in Hollywood.

Horror Success and Television Return (2011-Present)

In 2011, Roberts began appearing in the critically acclaimed FX horror anthology series “American Horror Story.”  She played various characters throughout multiple seasons, showcasing her ability to handle dramatic and suspenseful material.

At the same time, Roberts continued to make a name for herself on the big screen.  She took on a starring role in the slasher film “Scream 4” (2011) and later landed the lead role of the sardonic Chanel Oberlin in the horror-comedy series “Scream Queens” (2015-2016).  These projects further solidified her presence in the horror genre.

More recently, Roberts has continued to balance film and television work.  She has starred in films like the dark thriller “The Blackcoat’s Daughter” (2015) and the romantic comedy “Holidate” (2020).  She has also ventured into producing, working on projects like “Tell Me Lies” (2022).

Emma Roberts’ filmography is a testament to her talent and versatility.  From her Nickelodeon beginnings to her current standing as a Hollywood leading lady, she has consistently impressed audiences with her range and ability to bring characters to life.