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This Month's Reading Superstar!

Emma Roberts

Background:  Emma Roberts comes from a Hollywood family—her father is an actor and her aunt is famous actress Julia Roberts.  Emma started her own acting career in 2001.  Since then, she has starred in her own TV show (Nickelodeon's Unfabulous) and movies including Spymate and Aquamarine.  This summer, she takes on her biggest role yet as Nancy Drew, the girl detective.

Photo credit: Melinda Sue Gordon. TM & © 2007 Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.  All rights reserved.

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RIF: What was your favorite book when you were younger?

Emma Roberts: My mom read to me every night and my favorite book was "I Like Me!" [by Nancy Carlson].  It's really funny!

RIF: What do you like to read now?

ER: I try to read every genre but I really love teen books like the Gossip Girl series.

RIF: What was it like being on the set with your Aunt Julia (Roberts) as a child?

ER: I loved hanging out with her and the hair and makeup people.  It was lots of fun. 

RIF: Is that why you decided to become an actress?

ER: That’s part of it.  Being on the set, such a fun and cool environment, certainly drew me to acting.

RIF: Now, years later, you are playing the role of teenage sleuth, Nancy Drew.  Do you identify with her in any way?

ER: Yeah.  We’re both ambitious, determined, and nosy (I like to know what’s going on!).

RIF: Nancy Drew’s style is preppy.  What is yours?

ER: I don’t really have a name for my style.  I just like anything that’s cute.  I usually wear jeans, a cute shirt, and boots or high heels.

RIF: How does it feel to be 16 and have a Dooney & Burke handbag designed by and named after you?

ER: It’s really cool.  When I was selected to be the new face of Dooney & Burke, they asked me if I wanted to design my own handbag.  Of course I said yes! 

During the design phase, I thought it would be cute to have a bag shaped like a hot dog.  And that’s how the Emma Bag came about.

RIF: What do you do in your free time?

ER: I mostly hang out with friends I used to go to school with, either at my house or at the movies.

RIF: What is your favorite movie?

ER: I love movies so it’s hard to pick, but I guess my favorite would be Mean Girls.  I’m also looking forward to the Hairspray movie that’s coming out this summer. 

RIF: Do you have any fun summer plans?

ER: I’m going to England to shoot my next movie, Wild Child.  I’ll be playing a mean and spoiled Malibu princess who’s shipped off to an all-girl, English boarding school.  It’s going to be a funny film.

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