EMMA ROBERTS (Poppy), the 2007 ShoWest Female Star of Tomorrow, is next starring in Hotel for Dogs, opposite Academy Award® nominee Don Cheadle. In the DreamWorks film, Roberts plays one of two orphaned street kids who convert an old, abandoned hotel into an elaborate fantastical place for dogs. The film is directed by Thor Freudenthal and produced by Lauren Shuler Donner. It is scheduled for release in 2009.
Roberts has recently completed the ensemble drama Lymelife, executive produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Derick and Steven Martini. In the story, work-shopped for the Sundance Film Festival Lab Series, she stars as a young Long Island Lolita in the late 70s, opposite Alec Baldwin and Rory Culkin.
Roberts starred as Nancy Drew in a big-screen adaptation of the classic teenage detective for Warner Bros. The film was directed by Andrew Fleming and produced by Jerry Weintraub. Roberts’ performance was applauded by critics and featured prominently in numerous magazines, newspapers and television news programs across the world.
Roberts’ breakout role was on the Nickelodeon hit-comedy series Unfabulous, created by Sue Rose. It was one of the highest-rated “tween shows” during its three-year run. The show resonated with millions of kids who related to the protagonist’s (Addie’s) life—a girl who dealt with the trials of growing up, fitting in and being popular by relaying her teen angst through writing music and singing songs.
Seventeen-year-old Roberts has begun to make her mark in a short period of time.
After her very first audition, Roberts booked the role of Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz’s daughter in Blow, which was directed by the late Ted Demme for New Line Cinema. After the successful premiere of Unfabulous, Roberts starred in the Fox 2000 film Aquamarine. Based on the Alice Hoffman novel of the same name, it is the story of two teen girls who discover a mermaid after their coastal town is ravaged by a hurricane. The film was directed by Elizabeth Allen and produced by Susan Cartsonis.
Roberts has also been on the covers of Teen Vogue, Elle Girl, Teen magazine, ym, Sweet 16 and Girls’ Life. Roberts has been profiled in Vanity Fair, Time, People and The New York Times, among others. She has also served as the face for the legendary handbag maker Dooney & Bourke.
While not acting, Roberts enjoys singing, swimming, volleyball, reading and playing with her friends. She is originally from Rhinebeck, New York and now lives in Los Angeles with her mother Kelly Cunningham, stepfather Kelly Nickels and sister Grace.