Emma Roberts Opens Up About Nickelodeon Experience and Reaction to Kids TV Documentary

Emma Roberts, a former Nickelodeon star best known for her role in the children’s show Unfabulous, recently shared her thoughts about her time with the network.

Speaking on the Just for Variety podcast, Emma discussed her reaction to watching Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV, a documentary exposing the toxic environment behind some of the most iconic children’s shows from the late 1990s and early 2000s.

“I was completely horrified and shocked because that was not my experience,” Emma admitted. “It made me really, really, really sad that that was happening to people that I literally saw often and had no idea.”

Emma recounted her time on Unfabulous, highlighting the positive experience she had with the showrunner, Sue Rose. “For me, my show, Unfabulous, the showrunner we had was this amazing woman named Sue Rose,” she said. “And I didn’t realise at the time, but a female showrunner back then was not very common. But that was my intro into working on a TV show.”

She also mentioned the constant presence of her mother during filming. “My mum was with me 24/7, and even I would be like, ‘You don’t have to be here all the time.’ She was like, ‘I do, actually. I’m not letting you out of my sight. You’re not going to a fitting by yourself when you’re 13 years old.'”

Emma stressed the importance of a safe work environment, stating, “It makes me really sad, and I just feel like children need to be protected on sets, as do adults, and I feel like we’re working towards a better work environment in that sense. But yeah, that documentary really kept me up at night.”

The docu-series reveals the harsh realities and alleged misconduct faced by young performers, focusing on accusations against prominent figures like producer Dan Schneider. Through interviews with former child stars such as Drake Bell, Lori Beth Denberg, and Bryan Hearne, the series uncovers stories of exploitation, abuse, and the lack of protection for minors on set.

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