Emma Rose Roberts (born February 10, 1991) is an American actress and singer. After small roles in films such as Blow (2001), she rose to prominence with her role as Addie Singer in the Nickelodeon television series Unfabulous (2004–07), for which she was nominated for a Teen Choice Award and six Young Artist Awards. She released her debut album, which also served as the show’s soundtrack, Unfabulous and More in 2005.
After Unfabulous ended, Roberts starred in films including Aquamarine (2006), as the title character in Nancy Drew (2007) and Wild Child (2008). Looking for more mature roles, she appeared in the drama Lymelife (2009). She was part of the acting ensemble with her aunt Julia Roberts in Valentine’s Day (2010), and had lead roles in the crime thriller 188.8.131.52 (2010), the horror film Scream 4 (2011), the comedy We’re the Millers (2013), the comedy Adult World (2013), and the drama Palo Alto (2013). Also in 2013, she returned to television, playing Madison Montgomery in American Horror Story’s season three, Coven, and in season four, Freak Show, as Maggie Esmerelda. Roberts began appearing in Fox’s horror comedy Scream Queens in September 2015.
Roberts was born in Rhinebeck, New York to Kelly Cunningham and actor Eric Roberts. Her parents were never married and separated when she was a baby. Through her father’s marriage, she is the stepdaughter of Eliza Roberts. Through her mother’s marriage, she is the stepdaughter of musician Kelly Nickels. She has a maternal half-sister, Grace. Her paternal grandmother was acting coach Betty Lou Bredemus (1934–2015), and her aunts are actresses Julia Roberts and Lisa Roberts Gillan. During her childhood, Roberts spent time on the sets of her aunt Julia’s films. These experiences sparked a desire to follow her father and aunts into the film industry. Her mother initially wanted her to have a normal childhood.