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Emma Roberts’ relationship with her Aunt Julia Roberts

Emma Roberts grew up close to her famous aunt, Julia Roberts. Here’s a look at their relationship before and in recent years, including a feud with Emma’s dad, Eric Roberts.

Since becoming a mom, Emma Roberts has begun to value and appreciate time for herself. Those moments alone are made even more special and cozy with a few items the actress said she couldn’t live without.

One of them is a classic natural sound machine, which she keeps in her bedroom to relax and fall asleep. Another is a CBT bath salt, which she uses while bathing, after a hard day at work, and after putting her son to sleep.

Emma Roberts at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

“The baths are my time to read, decompress and disconnect,” she said. A must-have book on her list is “Slouching Towards Bethlehem” or any book by author Joan Didion. Specifically, she enjoys reading in a darkened room with another trusted item, a headlamp. Emma said:

“My bathroom lights are all hooked up, so it’s either pitch black or really bright. My sister came over the other night, walked in, and was like, ‘What’s going on? here?” And I was like, ‘What? I’m reading a good book.’ It’s the best.”

Perhaps another thing the “Unfabulous” alum can’t live without is her aunt, Julia Robers, with whom she shares a special bond.


Julia is Emma’s aunt through the child star’s father, Eric Roberts. The actresses have been close since Emma’s younger years, and both have had a strained relationship with Eric in the past.

Eric, who previously had addiction issues, wanted custody of Emma and fought his daughter’s mother, Kelly Cunningham, in court.

As Julia watched the situation, she sided with Kelly and even funded her legal costs as she believed her brother could not take care of Emma under her circumstances. Fortunately, Julia and Emma finally reconciled with Eric.

Despite all the challenges and changes their family has gone through, one thing has remained constant: the close relationship between Julia and Emma. The ‘Wild Child’ star even recalled coming with her aunt to movie sets and hiding in her trailer as a child.

Growing up in the entertainment industry, Emma eventually pursued a career in acting, following in the footsteps of the ‘Notting Hill’ star. During her growing years, until today, Emma and Julia often see each other and bond through Mahjong and card games.


As Emma became an actress, people couldn’t help but compare her to her famous aunt. Nevertheless, young Roberts never felt the need to be like Julia. Instead, she went her own way and made her own mistakes.

“I never aspired to be her. I love her so much. I love her job, but I’m just doing my own thing,” she said, as reported by People. There was no pressure on Emma’s ending, although she admired Julia’s expertise in the craft.

Emma started her career as a young actress and starred in ‘Aquamarine’, ‘Nancy Drew’ and ‘Hotel for Dogs’. She then transitioned into television shows for seniors, such as “American Horror Story” and “Scream Queens.”


Although now a mother, Emma does not put her career on hold. She shares her son with Garrett Hedlund, who she started dating in 2019.

They welcomed their son, Rhodes, over a year later. However, after three years together, the couple have reportedly broken up but remain committed to co-parenting their baby.

After the birth of her son, Roberts began supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and launched a campaign to help end childhood cancer. His announcement of his active support inspired others to raise awareness and show compassion for the cause.


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