Emma Roberts denies nepotism

Emma Roberts, 20, the niece of Julia Roberts and daughter of actor Eric Roberts, denies that having famous relatives had anything to do with her acting success. Emma’s feature film debut was a small role at age nine in Blow, starring Johnny Depp, followed by a co-starring role opposite her aunt in the family film Grand Champion. At 12, she landed the starring role in the Nickelodeon series Unfabulous and she’s worked steadily ever since. Emma told Popeater that she’s been accused of nepotism because of her famous family: “A lot of people think that and they talk about nepotism which I think is so ridiculous considering it’s obviously not true, because I’ve auditioned for so many things and never gotten the part. Also it’s like, you know, maybe someone can get you one part but they can’t really get you ten parts.” She also said bloggers who say her success is due to nepotism are cowards: “I think it’s so funny people will blog stuff but they won’t say it to your face. I would actually have more respect for them if they said it to my face, then I would probably not say anything back,” adding, “For me I can’t let it bother me because for me anyone hiding behind a computer is kind of irrelevant.” Emma’s new movie, The Art of Getting By, opens in select cities today.

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  1. jeff • June 17, 2011 @ 11:25 AM

    She is good and far less annoying than Julia ” I peaked at Pretty Woman then every role after I played was with my annoying laugh” Roberts. Eric Roberts was epic as himself in Entourage

  2. Christie • June 17, 2011 @ 4:45 PM

    Here’s an example of how deluded celebrities are. Julia and/or her dad may not have directly landed Emma most of her roles, but everyone knows she’s Julia’s niece and Eric’s daughter, and that gives her a very big leg up over unknowns. Why wouldn’t most directors want to cast Julia Robert’s niece over some nobody? A lot of them know Julia and/or Eric, and so that weighs in her favor. Just because she wasn’t right for some roles she auditioned for, or the directors of those projects had integrity and didn’t hire her just because of what family she comes from, doesn’t mean nepotism didn’t play a huge factor in where her career is today.

  3. C-Dub • June 17, 2011 @ 5:17 PM

    It’s a factor and the kiss-ass Hollywood people would of course say it’s not nepitism when they hire her. I’m sure there must be a bit of talent there or she wouldnt keep getting roles at all. No studio wants to lose money.
    Maybe they think, acting is in the blood and sooner or later she might become a prize stallion like other acting familys and their offspring.

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