Emma was spotted grocery shopping at Bristol Farms and dining out at Katsuya restaurant in West Hollywood yesterday(June 20th). Check out the candids below! EDIT: Check out more video interviews here and here.
Acting under the radar: Emma Roberts gets by on her art
Emma Roberts is an over-achiever as an actress, but an under- performer as a famous personality. And she wants to keep it that way.
“I’ve recently started this thing where I go quietly with the flow, so (I hope) that works out for me,” says the 20-year-old from L.A.
Maybe she’s navigating under the radar, because she has witnessed the aftermath of fame’s bright glare, suffered by her infamous actor-father, Eric Roberts, and her movie-star aunt, Julia Roberts.
Whatever the reason, the next-generation Roberts has managed to avoid the trap of portraying either a girlfriend in a special-effects blockbuster or a sexy lass in a big-budget R-rated romp.
Indeed, she is stubbornly focused on pleasing herself, not on enticements offered by the persuasive film industry.
Case in point is The Art of Getting By, which opened last week after a preview at last winter’s Sundance Film Festival, under the title Homework.
In the low-key teen comedy, Roberts plays a seemingly happy Sally, who is, deep down, a disenfranchised student in New York. She befriends schoolmate George (Freddie Highmore, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), a sullen, apathetic procrastinator with more talent than desire.
They bond, and slowly discover there might be more to their futures than they thought.
“It’s a subtle love story, and that was appealing to me,” says Roberts.
As an added bonus, she connected with Highmore, and with first-time movie director Gavin Wiesen, who also wrote the screenplay.
“I definitely could not have done this without Freddie,” says the actress, who was impressed with the London-born Highmore’s mastery of an American dialect. “The only challenges, really, were the logistics of shooting all over New York for a month.”
Rounding out the cast are some seasoned actors. Blair Underwood shows up as a concerned principal. Former teen star Alicia Silverstone plays a teacher. Sam Robards is George’s stepfather.
“We all got along very well,” says Roberts. “Everybody seemed to click.”
Calling the young actress a veteran with a single-minded purpose is no exaggeration; she has paid her dues.
She had a cameo in her Aunt Julia’s 2001 film, America’s Sweethearts, but made her official debut later in the year, as Johnny Depp’s daughter in Blow.
Parts in Grand Champion and Spymate followed, but she enjoyed her breakout role as Addie Singer in the popular Nickelodeon TV show, Unfabulous, from 2004 to 2007.
Since then, she has dabbled in independent films, mainstream studio pictures and kids’ comedies.
Her edgy melodrama Lymelife, with Alec Baldwin, was in stark contrast to “the feel-good flick” The Winning Season. She was also girl detective Nancy Drew in a stylish movie based on the popular children’s books.
In 2009, she was one of the headliners in the family romp, Hotel For Dogs, and co-starred with her Aunt Julia in the grown-up ensemble comedy, Valentine’s Day, the following year.
Last fall, she received good reviews for her role as the suicidal teen in It’s Kind of a Funny Story. And she was a convincing scene-stealer as a psychopath – “I decided to go for it,” she says – running amok in Wes Craven’s Scream 4, which hit theatres a few months ago.
“When you realize who you are, it’s a little easier to know what you want,” she admits. “I also learned that, if you say yes to something you don’t really want to be associated with, it’s like a punishment, because you have to be a part of it for months.”
Currently, Roberts is filming the comedy-drama, Celeste and Jesse Forever, in L.A. She says she’s having “a blast” playing a provocative pop star.
Roberts won’t say whether she’s basing her character on any tabloid-ready pop stars we know.
“Not really,” she says diplomatically. “But we’re not going to give her many boundaries when it comes to ridiculous behaviour.”
Rashida Jones, who co-wrote the script and is best known for her sitcom roles in The Office and Parks and Recreation, plays Celeste, an assistant to Roberts’ famous singer. Celeste is in the throes of divorcing her dorky husband Jesse (Saturday Night Lives’s Adam Samberg), when they both start to reconsider.
“I love them both,” says Roberts of Jones and Samberg. “Rashida (Jones) is one of the smartest people I know.”
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