Emma Roberts Ignores Nepo Baby Criticism: “They Don’t See All The Rejection”

Emma Roberts has candidly discussed the perception of her as a ‘nepo baby’. In a recent appearance on the ‘Table for Two with Bruce Bozzi’ podcast, she opened up about the term, considering her aunt is Julia Roberts and her father is actor Eric Roberts.

While promoting her upcoming film, ‘Space Cadet,’ Roberts delved into the ‘nepo baby’ label and shared insights on the unseen struggles in her career. She pointed out that people often only see the successes, like when someone’s face is on a movie poster, but they miss out on the numerous rejections and setbacks along the way.

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“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,” she told Bozzi. Roberts emphasised the importance of being open about the roles she’s auditioned for and didn’t get, to show that the path to success isn’t always smooth or easy.

Starting her acting career at the age of nine in 2001’s ‘Blow,’ Roberts has starred in films like ‘Wild Child’ and ‘Nancy Drew.’ More recently, she appeared in ‘American Horror Story.’ She reflected on the dual nature of having family in the industry: while it can provide a leg up, it also means having to prove oneself even more. Negative experiences with other family members can also impact one’s chances in the industry.

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Roberts noted, “I think there’s something to be said where everybody loves the kind of overnight success story. And so if you’re kind of not the girl from the middle of nowhere that broke into Hollywood, there’s kind of an eye roll of like ‘Well, your dad was this.’”

She also touched on the inherent sexism in the ‘nepo baby’ discussion, pointing out that young girls seem to bear the brunt of the criticism. Referencing actors like George Clooney, whose aunt was singer Rosemary Clooney, Roberts suggested that men don’t face the same scrutiny. She echoed singer Lily Allen’s recent condemnation of the term, expressing that no one should be criticised for pursuing their dreams.

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