Yet, she still feels pressure to establish her own identity, apart from her very famous aunt.
"Some people look at me and think, 'She's just Julia Roberts' niece,'" Emma said in the April issue of Teen Vogue. "I'm not in competition with her; she's one of the biggest movie stars in the world! I'm just doing what I love to do and having fun with it."
And while Emma has made a name for herself in family friendly films, such as "Hotel for Dogs," "Nancy Drew" and "Aquamarine," her latest project, "Lymelife," is one the young actress hopes will help show off her acting range.
Co-starring Alec Baldwin, Cynthia Nixon and Timothy Hutton, "Lymelife" is a drama about two families who fall apart when precarious relationships, real estate problems and Lyme disease converge in suburban Long Island in the late 1970s.
"I wanted to do something smaller and edgier, something that would show I really am an actress," Emma added. "[The film is] 'American Beauty' meets 'The Ice Storm.'"
And while she may be taking on more mature roles, Emma is, after all, still a teenager – and is susceptible to teen crushes, noting that she's looking for a musician.
"I used to have a crush on Nick [Jonas], but he's kind of making his rounds in Hollywood, and I don't know if I like that," she added.
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