Emma Roberts on Aunt Julia Roberts feeling no pressure to match her career: ‘I never aspired to be her’
Emma Roberts is convinced she doesn’t need to live up to the surname she shares with her aunt, actress Julia Roberts, and she’s home to make her own way on the show business.
“I never aspired to be her. I love her so much. I love her work, but I’m just doing my own thing,” actor Eric Roberts and Kelly Cunningham’s 30-year-old daughter told the magazine. Tatler for publication. March 2022 cover.
Roberts has certainly blazed her own trail in the roles she’s chosen for herself — if the Ryan Murphy-created “American Horror Story” serves as any telling.
“My favorite roles are the ones people don’t expect — when Ryan Murphy cast me in ‘American Horror Story’, for example,” the former Nickelodeon star began. “People saw me as this sweet teenager and I couldn’t grow old in more pointed roles back then.”
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“He gave me this opportunity, and I would love to do it for others,” the ‘Nancy Drew’ actress added.
Roberts was on the Hollywood scene at a relatively young age. She started working at only 9 years old when she was cast alongside Penélope Cruz and Johnny Depp in “Blow”.
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In other interview moments, Roberts opened up about her experience with celebrity-obsessed paparazzi roaming the streets while she was expecting her first child.
“The way I was followed and treated when I was pregnant was disgusting,” she said of the moments before having a son named Rhodes with ‘Tron: Legacy’ actor Garrett Hedlund in December 2020.
“I was driving to a doctor’s appointment, and they were following me so closely. At one point, I remember saying to them, ‘Please don’t do this. I’m pregnant. eight months.’ But they don’t care. It’s not the fun and creative part of the job, that’s for sure.
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Roberts also spoke about the privilege of being able to accompany her aunt on the set of “Erin Brockovich” and “America’s Sweethearts.”
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“I was writing wardrobe labels, organizing makeup brushes, and watching how they made their continuity books,” she explained. “I would ask questions without a filter. This industry is really ‘learn as you go’.”