Emma Roberts has been acting since she made her acting debut in the movie Blow at the age of 10. Roberts spent time on set with her aunt, Julia Roberts sparking her interest in becoming an actor herself. Twenty years later, Roberts is now a mother and has played many other roles, and Netflix has seven of those titles available to stream.
Being a child who grew up with relatives in the acting world, it isn’t a surprise that Roberts would grow up to be part of this industry. Her father, Eric Roberts, has an acting career that spans over 40 years. She has two aunts in the business as well, Lisa Roberts Gillan and Academy Award-winner Julia Roberts. Her grandmother Betty Lou Bredemus was an acting coach as well.
Roberts’ role on the Nickelodeon teen series Unfabulous allowed her to explore her talent as a singer, which led to the release of her debut album Unfabulous and More. However, she’s best known for her work on screen in some of these must-watch titles.
Emma Roberts Netflix movies and shows
The romantic comedy Holidate is a Netflix original film directed by John Whitesell and stars Emma Roberts, Luke Bracey, Jake Manley, Jessica Capshaw, Andrew Bachelor, Frances Fisher, Manish Dayal and Kristin Chenoweth.
Roberts plays Sloane, a young girl who lives in Chicago and dreads the holidays and family judgment she receives from not having a relationship. When she has a chance meeting with Jackson (Luke Bracey), they share stories, and she tells him of her aunt’s “holidates,” men she brings to holiday functions. They decide that they will be each other’s holidates to avoid the awkward moments of not having a significant other during these family gatherings.
This film is a fun, self-aware rom-com that was the top-streamed film during its debut weekend in October 2020.
Wild Child is a teen comedy released in 2008 about a wealthy Malibu teen who gets sent to boarding school.
Poppy (Emma Roberts) is a pampered and spoiled Malibu teen. Her father, Gerry (Aidan Quinn), a wealthy widow, sends her off to boarding school after she pulls off a wild prank. Her rude and selfish behavior doesn’t impress anyone at the school. Her experience at the school and the new friends she meets will help her learn what life is really about and the true meaning of friendship.
The film also stars Alex Pettyfer, Georgia King, Kimberly Nixon, Juno Temple, Linzey Cocker, Sophie Wu, Shirley Henderson and Nick Frost. Natasha Richardson also stars, and this was her final on-screen role before her death in 2009.
This film is a romantic comedy directed by Garry Marshall that features an ensemble cast. Valentine’s Day follows a large group of interconnected characters and their struggles during the loved and dreaded holiday.
The storylines range from proposals to marriage troubles to in-office romance and more. Roberts’ character Grace plans to lose her virginity on Valentine’s Day to her boyfriend Alex (Carter Jenkins).
Valentine’s Day stars Jessica Alba, Kathy Bates, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Eric Dane, Patrick Dempsey, Héctor Elizondo, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Topher Grace, Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifah, Taylor Lautner, George Lopez, Shirley MacLaine, Emma Roberts, Julia Roberts, Bryce Robinson and Taylor Swift, which is her film debut.
The critics were harsh with this film, but it performed well at the box office.
American Horror Story
American Horror Story is an anthology horror series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. The series is currently in its 10th season, and each season follows a new set of characters and its own storyline, complete with a beginning, middle and end. Fans can’t get enough of this series.
Roberts joined American Horror Story in its third season, and she has played four roles over the course of the series. She played Madison Montgomery in Coven, a role she reprised for Apocalypse. In Freak Show, she played Maggie Esmerelda; in Cult, she played Serena Belinda; and in1984, she played Brooke Thompson.
The science fantasy thriller Paradise Hills is the story of Uma (Emma Roberts), a young woman sent to Paradise, a behavioral modification center for women who have displeased their families.
When Uma wakes up on an island called Paradise with no memory of how she got there, she knows things are amiss. She meets other women who have also been sent to this island to be formed into the person their families want them to be. Uma starts to do some late-night investigating, and what she finds out will help spark Uma and the others to plan an escape before it is too late.
Also starring Danielle Macdonald, Awkwafina, Jeremy Irvine, Arnaud Valois, Eiza González and Milla Jovovich.
Hotel for Dogs
This 2009 family comedy marks Thor Freudenthal’s directorial debut. Hotel for Dogs is a fun, lighthearted story of two orphaned siblings who secretly take in stray dogs.
Andi (Emma Roberts) and Bruce (Jake T. Austin) are orphaned children living in foster care with foster parents who really don’t seem to care for them or their dog, Friday. When their dog goes missing, they find him in an abandoned hotel that also houses two other strays. The kids fix up the hotel and end up hosting an unofficial animal shelter. What could go wrong?
I Am Michael
The biographical film I Am Michael stars James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts and Charlie Carver. The film is based on Benoit Denizet-Lewis’ New York Times Magazine article “My Ex-Gay Friend.”
Franco plays Michael Glatze, a gay activist who renounces homosexuality and becomes a Christian pastor. This film tackles a difficult subject, and I think Mick LaSalle from the San Francisco Chronicle puts it best when he states, “Franco gives a sensitive performance, and this is a film worth seeing, but it’s not easy to see.”
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