Emma Roberts claims having a famous family has made her lose out on jobs

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By Kim Novak

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Emma Roberts has claimed that having famous family members has actually hindered her career rather than helped it.

GettyImages-2159415974.jpgEmma Roberts has slammed claims that being a 'nepo-baby' has helped her career. Credit: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

People may assume that Emma, 33, might be a 'nepo-baby' - a term coined for the offspring of famous people, who naturally get a leg up in a notoriously difficult industry.

Her father is actor Eric Roberts, best known for starring in shows including Grey's Anatomy and Suits, as well as movies like Crimes of the Past and Lumina.

After her dad split from her mother, Kelly Cunningham, he went on to marry actor Eliza Roberts, Emma's now step-mother, who is also a casting director and acting coach. Eliza's own parents were the late screenwriters David Rayfiel and Lila Garrett, while Emma's mom went on to marry musician Kelly Nichols.

Probably the most well-known family member she has is her aunt Julia Roberts, known for a host of blockbuster movies including Pretty Woman, and her other aunt Lisa Roberts Gillan.

GettyImages-96516487.jpgEmma's aunt is Julia Roberts. Credit: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Emma's own career began at the tender age of nine in Ted Demme's 2001 film Blow, and her fame has continued to grow with roles in other films such as Nerve and Scream 4, as well as TV shows including American Horror Story and Scream Queens.

So while it may be natural to assume that having so many famous connections would help a person get their foot in the door, Emma claims that it has actually made it more difficult for her to land jobs.

She claimed to Flaunt that she has actually "lost more jobs than I've gained from being in the business". She explained: "People have opinions and sometimes maybe they’re not good opinions of people in your family.

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

GettyImages-2158923533.jpgEmma claims she's actually lost out on jobs due to having a famous family. Credit: Kristina Bumphrey/Variety via Getty Images

She also addressed the issue on the Table for Two with Bruce Bozzi podcast, adding that people never look into the full picture of what it takes for so-called 'nepo-babies' to achieve success.

Emma 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."

Featured image credit: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

Emma Roberts claims having a famous family has made her lose out on jobs

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By Kim Novak

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Emma Roberts has claimed that having famous family members has actually hindered her career rather than helped it.

GettyImages-2159415974.jpgEmma Roberts has slammed claims that being a 'nepo-baby' has helped her career. Credit: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

People may assume that Emma, 33, might be a 'nepo-baby' - a term coined for the offspring of famous people, who naturally get a leg up in a notoriously difficult industry.

Her father is actor Eric Roberts, best known for starring in shows including Grey's Anatomy and Suits, as well as movies like Crimes of the Past and Lumina.

After her dad split from her mother, Kelly Cunningham, he went on to marry actor Eliza Roberts, Emma's now step-mother, who is also a casting director and acting coach. Eliza's own parents were the late screenwriters David Rayfiel and Lila Garrett, while Emma's mom went on to marry musician Kelly Nichols.

Probably the most well-known family member she has is her aunt Julia Roberts, known for a host of blockbuster movies including Pretty Woman, and her other aunt Lisa Roberts Gillan.

GettyImages-96516487.jpgEmma's aunt is Julia Roberts. Credit: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Emma's own career began at the tender age of nine in Ted Demme's 2001 film Blow, and her fame has continued to grow with roles in other films such as Nerve and Scream 4, as well as TV shows including American Horror Story and Scream Queens.

So while it may be natural to assume that having so many famous connections would help a person get their foot in the door, Emma claims that it has actually made it more difficult for her to land jobs.

She claimed to Flaunt that she has actually "lost more jobs than I've gained from being in the business". She explained: "People have opinions and sometimes maybe they’re not good opinions of people in your family.

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

GettyImages-2158923533.jpgEmma claims she's actually lost out on jobs due to having a famous family. Credit: Kristina Bumphrey/Variety via Getty Images

She also addressed the issue on the Table for Two with Bruce Bozzi podcast, adding that people never look into the full picture of what it takes for so-called 'nepo-babies' to achieve success.

Emma 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."

Featured image credit: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images