Julia Roberts worries that niece Emma will be “the next Lindsay Lohan”

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A few short years ago, Hollywood was really trying to make Emma Roberts happen. She was the new Nancy Drew and also starred in family friendly movies like Hotel for Dogs and Aquamarine. Then she had a bit role in Valentine’s Day and a larger one in Scream 4, but something seemed to fall apart in the aftermath to the point where — despite all the nepotism (which Emma has denied exists) that comes with being Julia Roberts’ niece — Emma decided it was a good idea to star in a movie called The Girl with the Tramp Stamp Tattoo. What gives?

In the meantime, Emma has been dating and dumping Chord Overstreet, whom she was rumored to have treated badly, and she’s just gotten back together with him, but he looks embarrassed to be seen with her. That’s not the only bit of strangeness in Emma’s life right now though, for she deferred college after one semester, and this week’s issue of the Enquirer has a story about how Emma has been hitting the bottle pretty hard lately. So much so that Aunt Julia wants to save her “wild child niece” with some “tough love” to prevent Emma from becoming “next Lindsay Lohan.” Ouch.

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Julia Roberts has stepped in to save her wild-child niece Emma from self-destructing, say insiders. Pals say the 21-year-old actres went off the rails after breaking up with “Glee” hunk Chord Overstreet in January, and now her concerned aunt is begging Emma to move in with her and her family in a desperate attempt to avert a full-scale meltdown.

“Emma is out of control,” revealed a close source. “Ever since she and Chord split, she’s been on a tear. She’s been partying hard in nightclubs and at Hollywood functions even though she’s barely of legal drinking age.”

Emma got tongues waggng while she was still dating Chord by flirting with 40-year-old actor-ricker Jared Leto at a Hollywood hotspot. And before that, the starlet reportedly needed to be carried out of a Michigan nightclub after partying up a storm at her Scream 4 co-star Hayden Panettiere’s 21st birthday celebration.

Her behavior is a huge red flag to her aunt. “She told Emma it woul be best if she moved in for a while with her, her husband Danny and their three kids,” said the source. “Julia thinks their calm, family-centric lifestyle will mellow her niece. She isn’t going to stand around and watch Emma crash and burn like so many other young stars.”

The Pretty Woman beauty is said to be “especially unhappy” about the movie Emma’s currently filming, Adult World, in which she plays an adut bookstore worker, according to another source.

“Julia feels Emma’s new movie will give her the wrong image,” said the second source. “She feels if she can have some control over Emma she can help her avoid some of the pitfalls of the business.”

Although Emma’s rep denies that her conduct has become a big concern to Julia, the young actress’ behavior is especially troubling because substance abuse runs in the family. Her dad, actor Eric Roberts, appeared on “Celebrity Rehab” in 2010 to kick a longtime addiction to marijuana.

[From Enquirer, print edition, April 23, 2012]

It’s rather hilarious to think that Julia would be concerned about Emma acting in a film that contains potentially risque subject matter when Julia herself rose to fame immediately after playing a prostitute, right? As far as the drinking and partying is concerned, Emma’s a 21-year-old woman. She was never caught engaging in underage drinking, and she’s got no DUIs just yet. If this story is true, then Julia probably can’t stop Emma from eventually going off the rails if that’s the direction in which she’s truly headed. Right now, it’s too soon to tell. In other words, this is probably a made-up story.

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34 Responses to “Julia Roberts worries that niece Emma will be “the next Lindsay Lohan””

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  1. brin says:

    This guy must be desperate to go back with her after the way she treated him.

  2. mln76 says:

    Well substance abuse runs in that family and even Julia admits she was a Lohan type partier back in the day(it’s rumored she had a drug habit). Emma’s father Eric ruined his once red hot career through drinking & drugs so I can believe Julia might be concerned..

    • Rhiley says:

      I agree. She may be young and having fun now but if she isn’t careful it can quickly get out of control. Plus, I wonder if she isn’t involved with things much harder, like cocaine. I think there have been rumors and she has the body of a 10 year old malnurished girl.

  3. Neelyo says:

    More like the next Alison Eastwood. All the nepotism in the world isn’t going to make her a talented actress. And if she didn’t have designers, stylists and make-up artists at her beck and call, she’d only be marginally attractive. Enjoy it while it lasts, Emma!

  4. gee says:

    She seems pretty harmless to me. She’s a clear case of nepotism, but she’s cute. As long as her family watches out for her, she’s leagues ahead of crazypants Lohan.

  5. Trillium says:

    Wait…um…”addiction to marijuana”??! This morning is just full of laughs!

  6. MrsBarneyStinson says:

    I’ve seen Emma in “Wild Child” and a part of me can’t help but believe that she is exactly that rude and bratty in real life too.

  7. normades says:

    I doubt Julia gives a rats ass about Emma, let alone sees her that often.

  8. imabrat says:

    A rehab for pot addiction?

  9. The Other Katherine says:

    She can’t be drinking THAT much and stay that thin. This seems like a non-story.

  10. sunmoonstars says:

    I can’t say that I’ll be sad about this. I know it’s mean but Julia Roberts is my most despised celebrity EVER and that niece has that same snotty gleam in her eyes that her Joker-faced aunt does. And some mega-hairy arms to boot.

    There were some pics of Julia in a bikini recently, the one shot of her face I almost died! She looked EXACTLY like the witch from Snow White when she’s giving her the poison apple, which is kind of ironic, but still true. Nice to see her face finally matching her ugly, black heart. Not that she was ever even slightly attractive. You could stick an ear of corn up those huge nostrils and that mouth! My God, it’s the stuff of nightmares!

  11. CG says:

    Jordan Catalano is really 40?????? Damn! I’m not his age but that just makes me feel old.

  12. lower-case deb says:

    Bedhead is so evil with that picture of Julia Roberts.

    Here I was, scrolling away, and that Julia picture showed up all glary and crazy eyed!

    Heart attack! *clutches*

  13. anti-icon says:

    Don’t know if this is true, But, if it is, I can’t see how her aunt, Julia Roberts, could instill in her anything positive at all. Moving in with their family?!?!?! Come on Julia, do you think we have all forgotten YOUR PAST HISTORY?

    I think Emma Roberts and her own parents can handle it.

    Julia Roberts bugs the crap outta me. (I think SHE plants these stories.)

  14. pearl says:

    the girl with the tramp stamp tatoo is a funny or die sketch not a movie :)

  15. iloveretro says:

    Supremely snotty and narcissistic child/niece of Hollywood players who got her foot in the door primarily based on nepotism teetering on the edge of a descent into a drugs & alcohol fueled Lohanesque existance?

    This is my shocked face: :-/

    If anyone was going to head down this road, it was this girl. She’s had that supremely snotty and entitled air about her since Day 1.

  16. Ravensdaughter says:

    If I were Emma’s parents, I’d be pissed.
    Besides, what is the difference btwn Emma’s aspirations and hers? A few years at most. Did Julia seek out higher education? Was she more erudite about her choices-her breakthrough, after all, was “Pretty Woman” (which led from “Mystic Pizza”, etc), not exactly a role model movie for young girls.
    Open mouth, insert foot, Ms. Roberts.

  17. girl says:

    I have seen her dirnking in public when she was a teenager at many many places in ny…. what is this about engaging in underage drinking? LOL. I mean come on people!! You actually think she has never had a drink before the legal drinking age.

  18. gab says:

    Julia who? Emma who?
    No one cares. Zzzzzzzzzzzz

  19. the original bellaluna says:

    Clearly, Amanda Bynes is the next Linnocent Blohan, so Julia need not worry her (insert term here) head.

  20. Diana says:

    I just don’t like her; I find her an annoying entitled brat. Not sure about the gossip but couldn’t care less.

  21. aang says:

    first emma would have to have talent to squander. whatever linnocent is doing now you can’t deny she was pretty good in the parent trap, mean girls, freaky friday…

  22. kimberly says:

    she’s acting like every other dumb chick her age by drinking and partying.

  23. Lisa B. says:

    I’m not sure if she’d go as far as becoming the “next Lindsay Lohan” but I remember rumours of her being problematic for a while now.

    There was a blind item somewhere (Lainey?) pointing out a young and seemingly harmless starlet who was partying really hard, doing coke and hanging out with the wrong people.

    For some reason, most people answered it was Emma. And well, it’s not all that hard to believe. Just look at the rest of the family.

  24. eljeran says:

    these dumb young bitches dont take any hard core acting classes, they dont even try to act at all. They should be living at Stella Adlers acting studio! They should be hiring every single acting couch Hollywood has. they just get a bunch of stylists and publicists to create and perfect their image so they can get work through type-casting. Just like aunt Julia. I never ever HEARD of Emma Roberts until I read this article.