Emma Roberts

BATD ON Jun 01, 2010 AT 4:34 pm

Emma Roberts

Recently, it seems, most young actresses just want to follow in the footsteps of the pioneers, such Hilary Duff and Miley Cyrus, by “starring in a tween sitcom, discovering a singing career, and settling as a middle-of-the-road actress and tabloid headliner.”

While we certainly don’t find any shame in this career path, we are pleased to announce that 18-year-old Emma Roberts is breaking all the rules. Niece of Julia Roberts, she was always destined for a life in the spotlight, however she is doing something that many young starlets haven’t mastered: making good choices!

Her acting debut came as a role in Johnny Depp’s rated R flick “Blow,” though like most normal teens, she wasn’t allowed to see the whole film until she was 18. It was after acting alongside Depp that she landed her own Nickelodeon show, Unfabulous. This show made her a teen icon, winning her a Teen Choice Award and making her a favourite among young TV viewers. Roberts has also starred in several tween films including Aquamarine, Hotel for Dogs and Nancy Drew.

Cue mediocre singing career, right? Wrong. Though Emma did record songs for the Unfabulous and Aquamarine soundtracks, she is definitely not heading down the road to a record deal any time soon.

“People should be one or the other,” she explains. “You’re not going to be good at both…I’m going for acting.” Definitely a good choice Emma!

Emma Roberts in 4.3.2.1

Emma Roberts in 4.3.2.1

Emma is currently busy being the face of several causes and companies like the yearly “Drop Everything And Read,” or D.E.A.R. Day, Abercrombie and Neutrogena. To top it off, she is a spokesperson for Dooney & Bourke, and has even designed her own bag for them. Continuing her growing film career, she appeared alongside her aunt in the movie Valentine’s Day. Starting 2nd June, she can be seen in the action thriller 4.3.2.1. directed by Noel Clarke. Also on the horizon, she will star in Scream 4 with Hayden Panettiere, Courteney Cox and Neve Campbell.

The final tween trend that Emma has given a thumbs down to is becoming fodder for the tabloids. Currently single, she had a brief romance with Alex Pettyfer, though the two have remained friends since the split. Unlike many of her colleagues, she has refused to fall for one of the Jonas Brothers. Last spring she revealed in the April issue of Teen People that “I used to have a crush on Nick, but he’s kind of making his rounds in Hollywood, and I don’t know if I like that.”

Harsh, but she was kind enough to send him a hand written apology note for any hard feelings. She instead has her eye on a certain Harry Potter redhead. “My most prized possession is an autographed picture of Rupert Grint,” she confesses. It’s ok, Emma, we like him better than Nick Jonas, too.

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