Q&A: Emma Roberts of ‘Scream 4’

The State Press spoke with Julia Roberts’ niece Emma Roberts, one of the stars of “Scream 4” opening this Friday.

The State Press: When you saw the first “Scream” movie, did you ever dream of staring in one of the sequels?

Emma Roberts: It was one of those things that I never thought was a possibility. When this came up, I was so intrigued because it’s been so long since the last “Scream.” This seems like a perfect time for this one to come out.

SP: What appeals to you about the thriller/horror genre?

EM: I’m terrified of horror films but I’m a really big fan. Sometimes it’s just really fun to play a character that’s not just sitting around. It’s fun to run around and do some chase scenes and stuff like that.

SP: What drew you to this project?

ER: It’s only once in a lifetime that you get to do a “Scream” movie. I thought it would be really incredible to get to work with Wes Craven, Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox and David Arquette. They had done the last three “Scream” movies, and if they were coming back, I knew this one had to be really amazing. They were all really fun to work with.

SP: Can you tell us how any of the victims in “Scream 4” get killed?

EM: I wish I could tell you. But I can’t. I will say that there’s a lot of blood. I ate some of the blood, and it tasted like maple syrup.

SP: What are some of the new rules of horror movies that “Scream 4” confronts?

EM: Virgins can die now.

SP: Were there any pranks on set?

EM: Wes Craven was the biggest prankster on set. He got everyone. There was this one scene Hayden [Panettiere] was supposed to open a closet and nobody was supposed to be in there. Then all of a sudden this guy pops out and scares the crap out of her. Then a couple days latter I fell for the same thing.

SP: What have you learned from your experience in “Scream 4?”

EM: Don’t go into parking structures at night without a friend. Don’t ever say, “I’ll be right back,” because you probably won’t be.

SP: What’s your favorite scary movie?

EM: “The Ring,” because it genuinely traumatized me for two years after I saw it.

Reach the reporter at nspake@asu.edu

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