We’re almost halfway through the year, but Emma Roberts has already owned it. Her stint as Madison Montgomery in American Horror Story: Coven spawned a meme for the ages and fans will be happy to know she’s returning next season for Freak Show. But, before all that, she’s in Palo Alto, Gia Coppola’s film adaptation of James Franco’s book. Roberts plays April, a well-rounded high school student dealing with all the things a teenager of the Internet Age deals with (partying, love, and, you know, this little thing known as life after high school.)
Lucky for Roberts, she’s found her footing at a young age. No one knows what the future holds, but she radiates so much confidence, it’s clear she’s not worried. She’s got an authentic air of joy about her and that smile sure is enviable. Ahead, Roberts on her love of TV, selfies with James Franco, and ignoring bad advice.
Let’s start with Palo Alto: What about April intrigued you? Why sign on to this story?
“I read the book and was a big fan. At the time I read it, I was 17, [and] it felt very original — like something I hadn’t read in a long time. It was really capturing youth in a way that I felt was really honest, instead of using the formula that books about teenagers use. I really liked that; I liked that the script stayed really true to the book. But, it also had this real Gia flavor to it. It was going to be something that would be creatively so fun to be a part of. I really wanted to work with James on something, so that was really cool too.”
How did April challenge you?
“Well, I’m so not like her at all, and I wasn’t when I was younger, so it was really interesting to play a character who was so opposite of me. I’m really outgoing and loud and she is really soft-spoken — and, a lot of the time, doesn’t even respond to people in the movie. So, when we were doing a lot of ad-libbing scenes, I would have to remind myself that I wasn’t myself and to not laugh like the loudest person in the room, and to not comment on something. Instead, I would sit and observe. It was cool to play more of a looker than a talker.”
The introvert versus the extrovert? That’s great. The ad-libbing was so seamless! What scenes?
“Most of it was ad-libbing! In every scene, in pretty much every take, things were different. The script was the bones of it, then once they cast everybody and saw our interactions, they encouraged us to ad-lib. Gia would have me do something and not tell Jack so we would get a reaction out of him. We wouldn’t know and it would make the scene have a whole other layer to it, which is cool.”
Emma will be doing a live chat on April 16th then making an appearance at 2014 Tribeca Film Festival on April 25th, details below…
On “American Horror Story: Coven,” Emma Roberts‘ character died so many times, it’s hard to keep track of them all. What was her favorite death scene to shoot?
That’s just one of the questions we’ll ask her when she joins our live webcam chat Wednesday, April 16 at 5 p.m. PT; 8 p.m. ET on Gold Derby’s home page. You can participate by adding your questions or comments in the chat room that will appear next to the video. You can also particpate at Gold Derby’s Google+ page where the video will stream live.
Roberts played fan-favorite witch Madison Montgomery, one of the final contenders to be the catty coven’s Supreme sorceress. Was she rooting for Madison to become the Supreme, and was she bummed her character died before ascending to that position?
On “AHS: Coven,” Roberts got to work side by side with some of Hollywood’s leading ladies, including Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett and Patti LuPone — not to mention the other witches played by Sarah Paulson, Gabourey Sidibe, Taissa Farmiga and Frances Conroy.
Who were her favorite actresses to have scenes with? Is there anyone she wanted to work with and didn’t get a chance to? And what was it like working side-by-side with real-life fiance Evan Peters?
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Emma Roberts attends the 2014 PaleyFest – Closing Night Presentation – ‘American Horror Story’ on March 28, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Check out some MQs below, keep looking for more additons plus HQs! Also it was revealed at PaleyFest that Emma will be joining AHS: Freak Show, click ‘read rest of this entry’ for news!
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Emma along with Evan Peters were spotted getting lunch yesterday (March 23) in LA. Check out the candids below! Updated the official and random Instagram photos! Below are details on American Horror Story season 4, which says Emma is still in talks…
Last week, fans found out that “American Horror Story’s” fourth season would be set at a carnival, but now they have an official subtitle to attribute to that theme: ”Freak Show.”
According to Entertainment Weekly, this season will be set in 1950s Jupiter, Florida. Jessica Lange will return to play a German expat running one of nation’s last freak shows.
Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett and Frances Conroy are among the series regulars who will step back into the “American Horror Story” universe to play Lange’s freak show performers. Denis O’Hare and Emma Roberts are also reportedly in talks to return.