Eric Roberts Reveals He Can't Discuss Oscar-Winning Sister

Eric Roberts discusses family dynamics and personal growth

by Zain ul Abedin
Eric Roberts Reveals He Can't Discuss Oscar-Winning Sister
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Eric Roberts, who is also an actor with long experience, said in the Still Here Hollywood podcast that there is a restriction from talking about his sister Julia Roberts, an Oscar award winner. But for all his experience, which has seen him take on more than 700 roles over 50 years, Eric is choked when it comes to issues touching on family; his sister and daughter, Emma Roberts.

Thus, the dynamic between Eric and Julia has its fair share of troubles, with the root cause being Eric’s struggles with addiction. They led to his break up with actress Kelly Cunningham, and his relationship with his sister was also not very good.

At that time, Julia was more involved and supported Cunningham during the legal battle over the child custody of Emma. This family saga has known ups and downs and the personal and public sphere is well represented in the lives of these characters.

Eric Praises Emma Roberts

However, in these controversies, Eric had nothing but good things to say about Emma Roberts, a talented actor famous for the show "American Horror Story." To the recent haters who tagged her a "nepo baby", meaning a person who benefits from family connections, Emma gave an aggressive response.

"I’m in love with my daughter’s work these days. I can’t believe how great she’s become. I’m so proud of her I can’t see straight," he said, feeling proud for his daughter. Forcing himself to be straightforward, Eric stated that he only gave a minor assistance in Emma’s career, which was choosing her name.

Emma has revealed that she has complaints of family name and she has lost roles to less-favoured talented actresses just because of the family name. Seeing the past through Eric’s eyes, it is possible to understand that he was also to blame for the dysfunctions of the family.

About himself in a Vanity Fair interview in 2018, he said that he was a man difficult to live with, on whom the habit of grumbling and blaming at first bored his wife, Julia. He recalled, "I was exhausting to be around: complainy, blamey, unable to enjoy enjoyment.

Everyone in my world needed a break sometimes, and that must have included Julia." Today, although some of the splits are now healed since they were apart until 2004, Eric still honors the solicitous’s biographical privacy.

He explained his current stance on discussing their relationship: That is when a loved one interferes, he said: "I love my sister, but I can’t talk about her. She don’t want to talk about it."