Jacqueline Emerson

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Jacqueline Emerson
Jacqueline Emerson August 15, 2013.jpg
Emerson in August 15, 2013
Born Jacqueline Bonnell Marteau Emerson
(1994-08-21) August 21, 1994 (age 19)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Musician, Singer-songwriter, actress
Years active 2006–present
Known for The Hunger Games
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Parents John B. Emerson
Kimberly Marteau Emerson
Musical career
Genres Pop
Instruments Vocals, keyboard
Labels Walt Disney Records (2006-2007)

Jacqueline "Jackie" Emerson (born Jacqueline Bonnell Marteau Emerson; August 21, 1994), also simply known as Jacqueline, is an American actress and recording artist born to a French mother and American father. She rose to prominence after she portrayed Foxface in the film The Hunger Games.[1][2] She is a former member of the teenage pop band Devo 2.0. She appeared in the Video ETA's list of ten up and coming stars predicted to be A-listers by 2015, along with fellow Hunger Games cast member Willow Shields. In 2011, she recorded her first single "Peter Pan", and in 2012, her song "Catch Me If You Can" was released on YouTube.[3]

Early life[edit]

Jacqueline Bonnell Marteau Emerson was born on August 21, 1994, in Washington D.C., U.S. to Kimberly Emerson (née Marteau) and United States Ambassador to Germany, John B. Emerson. From a young age, Jacqueline pursued an interest in both acting and singing. She has since then participated in many voice-overs for both radio and television. She has also performed in numerous professional productions with Reprise, The Los Angeles Opera, and LA Theater Works. Her mother is French-Portuguese.

Career[edit]

2006-2007: Early works[edit]

In 2006, She made her television debut She lent her voice to a set of Tiger Twins in the animated CGI sitcom Father of the Pride. Emerson achieved greater success two years later as a member of Disney's Devo 2.0 (a.k.a. DEV2.O), a Devo tribute band of teen performers. Emerson played keyboards in the project, which spawned a DVD and CD combo and was fully supported by the original Devo band members.

In 2007, The novelty act soon broke up, when lead singer Nicole Stoehr and lead guitarist Nathan Norman quit and said they would never make music again because the album flopped.[4] Emerson continued to write songs and perform music, where she started a YouTube Channel and released the music video of her single, "Peter Pan" and in the next year, "Catch Me If You Can".

2012-2013: Breakthrough with The Hunger Games[edit]

In 2012, Emerson made her film debut in the science fiction adventure, The Hunger Games as the District 5 tribute, Foxface. In an interview, she explained how she auditioned for the role, "They had me come in and do a lot of reaction stuff — they’d map out a scenario for me and be like, “Okay, you stop here and look around and take it in and think about the complexity of it, but you’re scared at the same time,” but all with the face and without dialogue. It was a very unorthodox audition.".[5] She again appeared in The Hunger Games ' Tribute Video Diaries and The World Is Watching: Making the Hunger Games. Later, Emerson and the rest of The Hunger Games cast went on a The Hunger Games Convention Tour; Emerson also revealed in her interview that she's going to be involved in The Hunger Games convention tour. "I am gonna be involved in it, I'm very excited! It is going to be in Chicago, possibly in England and maybe a couple other places. I'm going to Africa in the middle of the summer so I won't be going to some of the conventions but I definitely think it will be worth it,".

Emerson being interviewed in Berlin, Germany

Later, she explained her experience in DEVO 2.0, in such a young age, "It was the premature rockstar experience. I was in sixth grade, we recorded music videos for all of the songs and we went on tour and performed at the House of Blues. I had a blast. My favorite Devo song is probably Beautiful World, because that was the one I got to sing the most on. I'm a little bit biased."[3] Emerson announced that she will work on a studio album that will feature "Peter Pan" and "Catch Me If You Can".[6]

2013-present: Upcoming projects and Stanford University[edit]

In 2013, In an interview, Emerson announced that she would be working on Son of the South, where she said to Jen Yamato of Movieline: "I’m very excited — I’m not sure when it shoots yet because I’m not sure it has full funding, but I’m just excited to be a part of this project because it’s a really important story. It’s the story of Bob Zellner, who’s a civil rights activist, and I’m honored to be a part of it. It’ll be really fun to bring to life.".[7]

She also announced that she will be taking a year off but is able to audition at the same time, she said "I’m taking a year off — it’s interesting, because I’ve wanted to take a year off since 9th or 10th grade because high school’s been very intense for me. I went to a very hard prep school, and I’m also not ready to leave my family yet and I’m kinda young for my grade. So this is great because it really gave me an excuse to take a year off and pursue what I love for a year in my artistic side, which, even though I’d done a ton of stuff in high school and I was part of drama and stuff like that, I didn’t get to really pursue it. I recently signed with a new agent and I signed with managers a couple of months ago, so I’m really beginning this journey. It’ll be a lot of fun.".[7]

Emerson also said, "I've got a couple other projects coming up that I'm attaching myself to. I can't talk about them yet but hopefully I will be back in the studio soon and starting college in a year. I'm very excited about that as well,". Later, Emerson announced on an interview, "I'm not focused on television because I can't sign on for a season when I plan to go to college. I'm focused on movies and my music for now".

It was announced that Emerson is set to star as Olivia, the main protagonist's love interest. The title of the short was officially announced as The Night Is Ours. The plot of the short is, A best friendship is cut short by an untimely death, but on the night of a comet, tortured tomboy Morgan is given a second chance to resolve her guilt and finally express her true feelings to Olivia.[8]

Personal life[edit]

The Emerson family gets initial tour of Berlin.

Emerson's father, John B. Emerson, is currently the United States Ambassador to Germany. She has two younger twin sisters, Hayley and Taylor Emerson. Emerson and her family lives in Los Angeles, previously in Washington D.C.. She attended and graduated from Marlborough School in Los Angeles in 2012. Emerson was admitted to Stanford University for entry in 2012,[9] but announced she would defer admission until September 2013.[9] Emerson owns a dog named Ginger, who she took with to the Golden Collar Awards.[10]

Emerson's hobbies includes hanging out with her friends and playing piano.[9] She also confessed that she is a family-person, and thinking she is the only teenager who doesn't want to leave her family.[9]

Emerson has cited Stanley Tucci as her biggest acting idol, where she had said to Huff-Teen, "I'd ever been when I went up onstage to do my scene with Stanley Tucci! Imagine this: Your first line in a movie. Ever. Onstage. With your acting idol. Totally improvised. In front of three hundred people. So now you can see why I was so terrified! As soon as we started the scene though, my nerves all but disappeared. Stanley was really nice and supportive, and I ended up having a ball!".[11] She also cited actress Meryl Streep as her biggest acting idol.[11]

Emerson also said that her best friend on the set of The Hunger Games was Amandla Stenberg, who played the District 11 tribute, Rue. Where she had said to Huff-Teen Post, "People who say that age matters are totally wrong. My best friend was the (then) 12-year-old Amandla Stenberg, who played "Rue" in the movie. We would have sleepovers where we would stay up until 4 am watching movies and eating vegan cookies. One night, we were alone in our hotel because our parents went out, so we decided to entertain ourselves. We rolled through the hallways on luggage carts (Zac And Cody-style!), played ding-dong ditch, and made our way through the lobby in as many different ways possible (which included rolling, crab-walking, and crawling) -- all while keeping a straight face!".[11]

Artistry[edit]

Emerson cited Adele as her musical influences.[3]

Influences[edit]

Emerson has cited Adele as her biggest musical influence.[3] To Rae Votta of Billboard she said: "... In that respect I'm really inspired by Adele, just because her album was not classic pop by any means. She has R&B elements and jazz elements, something everyone can relate to. I hope when I get to make an album that has different musical genres in it, not just limited to one."[3]

She also said, "For the longest time I was brought up listening to only two genres of music, pop and rock. So in the past few years I've been trying to expand my interests because I think that you can only write to the extent of your knowledge, and if your knowledge is limited you can't write past that. I've been listening to more jazz, more R&B. I've recently gotten really into country, it's my favorite station to listen to on my drive to school."[3]

Filmography[edit]

Acting credits[edit]

Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Father of the Pride Tiger Twins Television debut; voice only
2012 Hunger Games, TheThe Hunger Games Foxface Film debut
2014 The Night Is Ours Olivia Short film
The Curse of Downers Grove Eyde Post-production
TBA The Well Skye
Son of the South Carol Anne[12] or Saskia Reeves[13]

As herself[edit]

As herself
Year Title Notes
2011 TeenNick Halo Awards TV movie
2012 Tribute Video Diaries Video documentary short
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2012 TV Movie
The World Is Watching: Making the Hunger Games Video documentary
TEDx Talks Webisode: "Hold Onto Your Inner Child"
2013 Spread the Light Co-hosted with Carmen Grendy, webseries
She's So Boss Host, webseries

Discography[edit]

Main article: Devo 2.0 discography

Music Videos[edit]

Song Year Artist Director Reference(s)
"Peter Pan" 2011 Jacqueline Emerson N/A N/A
"Catch Me If You Can" 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ LMCullen (29 April 2011). "Hunger Games Casting News: The District 5 Tributes Have Been Cast". HungerGamesMovie.org. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Kate Ward (29 April 2011). "'Hunger Games' finds its Foxface". EW.com. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Rae Votta, "Foxface Q&A: Jacqueline Emerson Juggles 'Hunger' Fame, Music, School", Billboard, April 13, 2012.
  4. ^ [1], Wikipedia, March 18, 2014
  5. ^ "JACKIE EMERSON TALKS HUNGER GAMES AUDITION, FOXFACE & MORE", The Hob, August 14, 2012.
  6. ^ Inge Ignat, "Jacqueline Emerson Talks Music and The Hunger Games with Glamoholic", Glamoholic, April 13, 2012.
  7. ^ a b Inge Ignat, "Hunger Games Hits DVD/Blu: Jacqueline Emerson Talks Foxface, Her Future, And Devo 2.0", Movieline, April 13, 2012.
  8. ^ Anonymous, "Filmography", IMDb, March 18, 2013.
  9. ^ a b c d "Jacqueline Emerson: Hunger Games, Stanford, and more", Zooey Magazine, March 21, 2012.
  10. ^ name="http://photos.jang.com.pk/">"Actress Jacqueline Emerson and her dog Ginger arrive at the first annual Golden Collar Awards", The News International, February 14, 2012.
  11. ^ a b c "My Journey Through The Games", Huffington Post, March 23, 2012.
  12. ^ Kimmy, "Jacqueline Emerson Joins ‘Son of the South’", mockingjay.net, June 27, 2012.
  13. ^ Mark Langshaw, "Rafe Spall to star in 'Son of the South'", Digital Spy, June 29, 2012.

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