GLAMOUR – Emma Roberts’s filmography runs the gamut. She’s done horror (American Horror Story), comedy (Little Italy), comedy-horror (Scream Queens), and now a seasonal rom-com.
Yes, Roberts is jumping on the Christmas-movie train with Holidate, a Netflix original about two singles who agree to be each other’s dates for parties throughout the holiday season that premieres October 28. The reason? So no one will ask about their relationship statuses. But what happens when a simple social arrangement turns into something more? You’ll just have to watch and see.
“I think people are loving holiday rom-coms because there’s a sense of nostalgia,” Roberts says about the reemergence of the genre. “I know, for me, it’s so comforting watching romantic comedies. I grew up on them, especially my aunt [Julia Roberts]’s movies, like My Best Friend’s Wedding and Notting Hill, which are so iconic. They just really make you feel good. We all want to feel good these days. We all want to believe in love and feel loved and celebrate each other and feel like there’s good news out there.”
Roberts certainly has a lot to smile about these days. She’s expecting her first child (a boy) with Garrett Hedlund, and even though she’s over the moon, she’s still keeping the realities of 2020 in check. “In the midst of such a crazy year that has had so much hardship and heartbreak, [it’s nice] to have something to look forward to,” she says. “The baby’s coming, and I’m so excited to put a movie out that I think will put smiles on people’s faces or hopefully let them escape for two hours.”
Holidate is certainly an escape—as are some of the other TV shows and movies Roberts is watching to make it through 2020. (Yes, she’s an Emily in Paris fan.) Below, she tells Glamour all about the products, apps, and treats keeping her sane during such uncertain times.
My favorite app right now
I’m spending too much time on Instagram, that’s for sure, and just ordering too much food on Caviar these days. But I’m also a secret Tumblr lover. I love Tumblr, which is something people don’t know about me—I have six followers on a Tumblr account no one knows is me. It’s my happy space.
The coolest maternity gift I’ve received so far
I’ve been trying to not buy a ton of stuff because I love shopping. All I can say is thank goodness I’m not having a girl because the clothing situation would just be insane. I’ve gotten some really, really cute swaddles, which I love, from this company called Pehr. They have really cute clothes and swaddles and tie-dye things. I’m loving tie-dye anything for the baby.
A baby product someone recommended to me that I’m loving
There’s this line called Erbaviva that I love. They do really gorgeous, sustainable products for during pregnancy—body oils and stuff that I really love.
The lounge pants I’m living in at the moment
I’ve been living in my Free City sweatpants, some of which I’ve had since high school. I’ve been pulling out a lot of old-school stuff during this quarantine. Free City sweatpants and James Perse are my favorites.
The maxidresses I’ve incorporated into my maternity style
I’ve been living in maxidresses. If I’m doing more of an event thing on Zoom or whatever, I love Ganni. I think they do such great stuff that can be for pregnancy or not. I’ve been loving Faithfull the Brand and Tory Burch, as well as The Daily Sleeper.
My go-to fragrance at the moment
Right now I’m actually wearing Boss Alive, which comes in the most gorgeous pink bottle and there’s hints of vanilla in it. I’ve always been someone whose scent has a bit of vanilla in it. That’s my main girl these days.
A beauty product that makes me feel ready for the day
I love the Barbara Sturm glow drops because you can wear those whether you have makeup on or not. Most days I’m not wearing any makeup because I figure now’s the best time to really take care of your skin and let your skin breathe. I love the Drunk Elephant Vitamin C serum too. It’s been really, really nice.
My self-care routine
I love a bath moment for myself where the candles are lit and the salts are put in. I have a mask waiting for me. I think it’s so important to do that when you can and have that time to yourself. I love Diptyque candles around the tub. I’ll do a Tatcha or Charlotte Tilbury face mask. I like Epsom salts, just simple Dr. Teal’s ones, which you can get anywhere. But if I’m feeling a little fancier, Little Moon Essentials is this amazing company in Colorado. They do really gorgeous bath salts with essential oils.
The TV shows I’m obsessed with at the moment
I just finished The Vow, which I loved. I was so obsessed with that doc series. I loved Expecting Amy on HBO Max; I was so into that. I’m loving Emily in Paris as such an escape show. I made myself a cheese platter and watched it the other night. I felt very Parisian. I’ve been watching Unsolved Mysteries, which I’ve actually had to stop watching before bed because it’s scaring me.
What’s currently on my playlist
The Chicks’ new album, Gaslighter, I’m obsessed. I just cannot get enough of that. I always go back to Bon Iver. They never get old to me. I’ve been listening to Lorde a lot lately too. “Supercut” has been on repeat; I don’t know why, but it’s been giving me all the feels lately.
The food bringing me comfort lately
Sprinkles cupcakes have been my obsession. I love cupcakes in general, but for some reason Sprinkles during my pregnancy, during the pandemic. I can’t enough of them. Salt & Straw ice cream too. They have a Halloween flavor called The Great Candycopia, which—it’s been a problem how much I’ve been eating it.
What I’ve learned about myself through pregnancy
It’s been really an interesting time in the world to be pregnant right now. It’s definitely caused a lot of introspection, but I think it’s been amazing to really sit with myself and really turn inward in a way I never have before and be still. That’s been really nice, and I feel really grateful to have gotten to do that. To not just be running from one appointment to the next or one job to the next. I’ve really had to be present with myself, and that’s been—some days you wanna crawl out of your skin, but other days you feel really good and really grateful.