Emma Roberts Claims Having A Famous Family Has Made Her Lose Jobs

By Harsh Rana in Showbiz On 9th July 2024

Emma Roberts has recently opened up about the ways having family members in the film and TV industry has influenced her career.

The 33-year-old actress landed her first movie role at the tender age of nine in Ted Demme's 2001 film Blow.

Since then, she has starred in numerous rom-coms, thrillers, and horror films.

Despite the fact that many of her family members are also in the industry, Roberts' name isn't one that often comes up in the ongoing discussion about ‘nepobabies’. 

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She has shared her thoughts on why that might be. Roberts' dad is actor Eric Roberts, known for his roles in acclaimed series like Grey's Anatomy and Suits, as well as movies such as Lumina and Crimes of the Past.

After her parents, Eric Roberts and Kelly Cunningham, split up, Eric went on to marry fellow actor Eliza Roberts, who is also a casting director and acting coach.

Emma Roberts' dad is actor Eric Roberts Gotham/GC Images

Eliza's parents were the late screenwriters David Rayfiel and Lila Garrett.

Roberts' mom married musician Kelly Nickels, and her aunts are the well-known actors Julia Roberts and Lisa Roberts Gillan.

But how has having such a creative, celebrity-filled family impacted Roberts' career, if at all? 

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Well, according to Roberts, she has actually ‘lost more jobs than [she's] gained from being in the business’.

She explained to Flaunt, "People have opinions and sometimes maybe they’re not good opinions of people in your family." 

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"I’ve never gotten a job because of it, I know I definitely have lost a couple of jobs because of it."

Roberts further opened up about being turned down for roles during her appearance on the Table for Two with Bruce Bozzi podcast, where she was promoting her new movie, Space Cadet.

During the podcast, she argued that people often don't consider the full picture when it comes to ‘nepo babies’ and their successful careers.

She explained, "That's the thing that I always talk about - people kind of only see your wins because they only see when you're on the poster of a movie.

"They don't see all the rejection along the way.


"That's why I'm always very open about things I’ve auditioned for and haven't gotten the part for."

"I think it's important to talk about - otherwise people just think everything's been so great and linear and easy, and no, it's not at all.

"But of course it looks like that to the outside perspective or to the naked eye."