Jacqueline Emerson

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Jacqueline Emerson
Emerson at the premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 at the Microsoft Theatre on November 16, 2015.
Born Jacqueline Bonnell Marteau Emerson
(1994-08-21) August 21, 1994 (age 22)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Singer, actress
Years active 2006–present
Known for The Hunger Games
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Parent(s) John B. Emerson
Kimberly Marteau Emerson
Website http://www.jackieemerson.com
Musical career
Genres Pop
Instruments Vocals, keyboard
Labels Walt Disney Records (2006-2007)

Jacqueline Bonnell Marteau Emerson (born August 21, 1994), also simply known as Jacqueline, is an American actress and singer. 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 American, although she did live in France for three years.[citation needed]



Emerson was 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. 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".

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".[4] She later released an acoustic song, "Glass Fire In a Jar", in which she co-wrote with Adrianne Duncan.[5]


She made her television debut providing the voice for a set of Tiger Twins in the 2004 animated CGI sitcom Father of the Pride.

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.".[6] 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."[citation needed]

In a 2013 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]

Personal life[edit]

The Emerson family gets a 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, but announced she would defer admission until September 2013.[8] Emerson owns a dog named Ginger, who she took with her to the Golden Collar Awards.[9]

Emerson's hobbies includes hanging out with her friends and playing piano. She also confessed that she is a family-person, and thinking she is the only teenager who doesn't want to leave her family.[8]

Emerson has cited Stanley Tucci and Meryl Streep as the actors she most idolizes.[10]

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!"[10]


Emerson cited Adele as her biggest musical influence.[3]

Emerson has cited Adele as her biggest musical influence. 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]


Acting credits[edit]

Film, television and video games
Year Title Role Notes
2004 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 Last Survivors Skye
Fantasia: Music Evolved Scout Video game debut; voice only
2015 The Curse of Downers Grove Eyde

As herself[edit]

As herself
Year Title Notes
2011 TeenNick Halo Awards Award Show
2012 Tribute Video Diaries Video documentary short
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2012 Award Show
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
2015 Let's Get Real Host, webseries


Music videos[edit]

Song Year Artist Director Reference(s)
"Peter Pan" 2011 Jacqueline Emerson N/A N/A
"Catch Me If You Can" 2012
"Glass Fire in a Jar" 2014


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