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.
Jacqueline Bonnell Marteau Emerson

(1994-08-21) August 21, 1994 (age 25)
OccupationSinger, actress
Years active2006–present
Known forThe Hunger Games
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Parent(s)John B. Emerson
Kimberly Marteau Emerson
Musical career
InstrumentsVocals, keyboard

Jacqueline Bonnell Marteau Emerson (born August 21, 1994) 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, as well as the Stanford Shakespeare Company. 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.. 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.



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 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".[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]

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]

Her father, John B. Emerson, served as a White House aide during the Clinton administration and later as United States Ambassador to Germany during the Obama presidency.


Acting credits[edit]

Film, television and video games
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Father of the Pride Tiger Twins Television debut; voice only
2012 The 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


  1. ^ LMCullen (April 29, 2011). "Hunger Games Casting News: The District 5 Tributes Have Been Cast". HungerGamesMovie.org. Archived from the original on May 13, 2011. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  2. ^ Kate Ward (April 29, 2011). "'Hunger Games' finds its Foxface". EW.com. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  3. ^ Rae Votta, "Foxface Q&A: Jacqueline Emerson Juggles 'Hunger' Fame, Music, School", Billboard, April 13, 2012.
  4. ^ Inge Ignat, "Jacqueline Emerson Talks Music and The Hunger Games with Glamoholic", Glamoholic, April 13, 2012.
  5. ^ Emerson, Jacqueline. "For my 20th birthday, I am very excited to release my NEW ACOUSTIC ORIGINAL SONG!!!!!". Twitter. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
  7. ^ a b Inge Ignat, "Hunger Games Hits DVD/Blu: Jacqueline Emerson Talks Foxface, Her Future, And Devo 2.0". Movieline. April 13, 2012.

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