20 Jun 2011

Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts: Hollywood’s honor roll

Freddie Highmore couldn’t be more different than George, the overcoat-clad high school underachiever he plays in the new coming-of-age film “The Art of Getting By.” 

“Freddie’s the genius,” teases Emma Roberts of her costar, who began his acting career at the age of 7 and starred in films such as “Finding Neverland” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” all while maintaining a normal school life. The Cambridge University student is so into his course work he doesn't know if he'd choose acting over another profession.

"I'm still carrying on with schooling. I haven’t had to make a definite decision as to if this is what I want to do for the rest of my life, so I get to put that off for a few more years," says Highmore.

 “I was more like George. I was a bit of a slacker,” says Roberts, who after her big break at age 12 on Nickelodeon’s “Unfabulous” was homeschooled. “It’s hard to focus when you’re in your pajamas with your laptop and there are so many other things more appealing like laying in bed and watching TV.” 

It wasn’t all lounging, though: The 20 year-old avid reader did get into Sarah Lawrence College, but has deferred for now to concentrate on acting.

Highmore and Roberts are so down to earth and polite you’d never guess both grew up so successful in Hollywood — or with showbiz families. (Highmore’s mom is an agent and Robert’s aunt is well, Julia and her dad is actor Eric Roberts). Unlike other child stars, there’s no half naked cell phone pictures of them floating around online, they’ve never been hit with a DUI or checked into rehab. When asked about the most rebellious thing they’ve done, Highmore is stumped, and Roberts talks about her getting her belly pierced as a teen.

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