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Emma Roberts
Roberts at SDCC 2016
Biographical Information
Date of Birth: February 10, 1991 (age 29)
Origin: Rhinebeck, New York, U.S.
Years active: 2001-present
Show Information
Character(s): Chanel Oberlin
Season(s): Season OneTwo
Show Status: Inactive
I remember reading the script for the first time and I was literally laughing out loud. I had to put the script down.
—Emma Roberts about Scream Queens[src]

Emma Rose Roberts is an American actress and singer. Roberts first gained attention as the daughter of actor Eric Roberts and the niece of megastar Julia Roberts. However, she has established her own career as an actress, moving from “tween” fare like Nancy Drew and the Nickelodeon series Unfabulous to more adult screen appearances in Lymelife, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Scream 4, and We're the Millers. She also appears in the third, fourth, seventh and eighth seasons of American Horror Story.

She portrayed the leading role of Chanel Oberlin in Season One of Scream Queens and is currently reprising her role in Season Two.


2001-2005: Breakthrough with Nickelodeon

Roberts during 2005

Emma's first film appearances were at the age of nine, in a short film called BigLove (2001) and the big screen motion picture Blow (2001), starring Johnny Depp.

At ten, she had the chance to work with her Oscar-winning aunt, Julia Roberts, in the family film Grand Champion (2002), about a prize-winning calf, then traveled to Vancouver, where she shot '''Spymate, another family film, this one about a chimp. Though filmed in 2003, it wasn't released in theaters until 2006.

In 2004, Emma gained a lot of attention when she landed the lead role in the Nickelodeon show Unfabulous, about a girl named Addie who sings her emotions. Emma made a guest appearance on the series Drake & Josh and provided the vocals for the song "If I Had My Way" for Disney's feature film Ice Princess (2005).

2006-2013: Nancy Drew, Wild Child, and Scream 4

Roberts filming Scream 4

Emma fit in a role in another major motion picture, Aquamarine (2006), this time alongside Sara Paxton, at the time the star of the Discovery Kids' show, Darcy's Wildlife. In the film, Emma plays a girl whose best friend is about to move away to Australia, and she feels powerless to stop it until she meets a mermaid (Paxton) who asks for her help and promises to grant a wish in return.

With two seasons of Unfabulous in the can, in January 2006 Emma began filming the title role in Nancy Drew (2007) for Warner Bros. Pictures, followed by the role of a spoiled teen who is sent to a strict English boarding school in Wild Child (2008). She starred in the popular kids' movie Hotel for Dogs (2009) alongside Disney channel star Jake T. Austin and was one of an all-star cast in Valentine's Day (2010). Roberts played leading roles in the crime thriller (2010) and in the horror film Scream 4 (2011). Some of her other film roles include the romantic drama The Art of Getting By (2011) about two friends, the drama Virginia (2012) about a sheriff who discovers that his daughter is dating the son of his psychologically disturbed mistress, and the 2012 comedy Celeste and Jesse Forever about a divorcing couple who try to maintain a friendship as they start seeing other people.

2013-present: American Horror Story, We're the Millers, and Scream Queens

Roberts as Madison Montgomery on American Horror Story: Coven & Apocalypse

Roberts as Maggie Esmerelda on American Horror Story: Freak Show

She stars in We're the Millers (2013), alongside Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis. In 2013, she returned to television, playing the telekinetic witch and former movie star "Madison Montgomery" in American Horror Story: Coven, the third season of the American Horror Story series. She starred in the show's fourth season, Freak Show (2014), as "Maggie Esmerelda", a con artist posing as a fortune teller. She returned to the show in its seventh season, Cult (2017), as "Serena Belinda", an ambitious journalist rivaling against Beverly Hope. She later reprised her role from the third entry, Coven, as Madison Montgomery in the eighth season subtitled Apocalypse (2018). She was cast as a series regular again for the role.

Roberts as Serena Belinda on American Horror Story: Cult

The drama film, Palo Alto, in which Roberts stars, was released in 2013. In 2014, she appeared on the film Adult World with her American Horror Story co-star Evan Peters. She was also part of the 2015 drama film titled I Am Michael. Roberts later starred in two films: Ashby, and Nerve.

Roberts modeling for Aerie.

In 2015, Roberts starred as lead role Chanel Oberlin on Season One of Fox's horror-comedy TV series Scream Queens. She re-starred in Season Two in 2016.

Personal life

In September 2011, Roberts began attending Sarah Lawrence College but by January 2012, she had put her studies on hold to concentrate on work commitments.

Roberts began dating actor Evan Peters in 2012 after they worked together in the film Adult World. In July 2013, while Roberts and Peters were staying at a hotel in Montreal, Quebec, someone overheard a dispute coming from their room and called the police. After a "heated argument", they had begun hitting each other. When the police arrived, they arrested Roberts. Peters was not arrested because Roberts did not have any immediately visible injuries. Peters declined to press charges and Roberts was released several hours later. In a joint statement, the couple called it "an unfortunate incident and misunderstanding," and stated that they "are working together to move past it." Evan Peters said in March 2014 that he and Roberts were engaged, however, in March 2019, it was reported that Roberts and Peters had split.

Since March 2019, Roberts has been in a relationship with actor Garrett Hedlund. In August 2020, Emma announced that she and Garrett were expecting their first child, their son : Rhodes Robert Hedlund, was born on December 27, 2020.



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Blow Kristina Sunshine Jung
2001 BigLove Delilah Short film
2001 America's Sweethearts Girl in Purple T-shirt Uncredited
2002 Grand Champion Sister
2003 Spymate Amelia Muggins
2006 Aquamarine Claire Brown
2007 Nancy Drew Nancy Drew
2008 The Flight Before Christmas Wilma Voice
2008 Wild Child Poppy Moore
2008 Lymelife Adrianna Bragg
2009 Hotel for Dogs Andi
2009 The Winning Season Abbie
2010 Valentine's Day Grace Smart
2010 Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac Alice Leeds
2010 Twelve Molly Norton
2010 Joanne
2010 It's Kind of a Funny Story Noelle
2010 Virginia Jessie Tipton
2011 Scream 4 Jill Roberts
2011 The Art of Getting By Sally Howe
2012 Celeste and Jesse Forever Riley Banks
2013 Empire State Nancy Michaelides
2013 We're the Millers Casey Matthis
2014 Adult World Amy
2014 Palo Alto April
2015 I Am Michael Rebekah Fuller
2015 Ashby Eloise
2015 February Joan
2016 Nerve Venus “Vee” Delmonaco
2017 Billionaire Boys Club Sidney


Year Title Role Notes
2004–07 Unfabulous Addie Singer Main role, 41 episodes
2004 Drake & Josh Addie Singer Episode: "Honor Council"
2007 The Hills Herself Episode: "Young Hollywood"
2010 Jonas L.A. Herself Episode: "House Party"
2010 Take Two with Phineas and Ferb Herself Episode: "Emma Roberts"
2011 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Herself Episode: "The Brown Family"
2013 Family Guy Amanda Barrington (voice) Episode: "No Country Club for Old Men"
2013 American Horror Story: Coven Madison Montgomery Main role, 12 episodes
2014 American Horror Story: Freak Show Maggie Esmerelda Main role, 10 episodes 
2015-2016 Scream Queens Chanel Oberlin Lead role, 23 episodes
2017 American Horror Story: Cult Serena Belinda Episode: “9/11”
2018 American Horror Story: Apocalypse Madison Montgomery Main role, 8 episodes 



  • While engaged to Evan Peters, supporters/fans of the couple nicknamed them Emvan.
  • In an interview with US Weekly, Emma says she has always gotten detention for being late while in school.[1]
  • While 12, Emma auditioned for the role of Wendy in the 2003 version of Peter Pan. After she was informed she didn't get the part, Emma admits that she cried.[1]
  • Emma panicked when she accidentally left her Scream Queens script at a coffee shop once.
  • If she had to switch roles, she would like to play Zayday.
  • She was born with six fingers.
  • She's in a bikini.


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