It was the first film for which she ever auditioned. That year, she also had a role in Leif Tilden 's minute short bigLove , and was an uncredited extra in some scenes featuring her aunt Julia Roberts in America's Sweethearts.
Grand Champion had a brief theatrical release in August ,  while Spymate was not released until February , when it was given a theatrical run in Canada,  followed by its DVD release in April In , she began starring as the lead character Addie Singer in the Nickelodeon series Unfabulous ,  which debuted in September of that year. It aired for three seasons — After her run on Unfabulous, Nickelodeon had considered giving Roberts a kick start into a music career.
Austin in Hotel for Dogs ,  based on the novel by Lois Duncan. Roberts described her character as "pretty much your typical spoiled-brat Malibu socialite who gets shipped off to a British boarding school. In , Roberts co-starred as Grace in the film Valentine's Day in which her aunt, Julia Roberts also appeared, although they were never together on-screen. Roberts played a recent college graduate who works at an adult bookstore to make ends meet.
She has said that most of her lines were ad-libbed so her reactions in the film were completely genuine. She next appeared in the film Celeste and Jesse Forever , parodying pop stars such as Kesha with her performance as Riley Banks, an incurious blonde singer.
Roberts said in an interview that her role as Banks tempted her to write an album of songs using her character as an alter ego. She portrayed Lena Haloway, the protagonist, but Fox decided not to pick up the show. It was released on August 7, Coven , from late through January Roberts portrayed a self-involved party girl named Madison Montgomery , who also happens to be a telekinetic witch. Roberts played the lead role in Gia Coppola 's directorial debut, Palo Alto , based on James Franco 's short story collection of the same name.
The film was released in May to generally positive reviews, with particular praise for Roberts' performance. Tom Shone of The Guardian and Ian Freer of Empire both called her the "standout" of the film,  with Freer praising her performance for being "heartbreaking as she suggests longings and anxieties without over-hyping it. Much like the film itself. The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 19, ,  and was released on September 25, in a limited release and through video on demand.
It also served as the soundtrack to the television series Unfabulous , in which Roberts starred. The album peaked at number 46 on Billboard 's Top Heatseekers chart.
In , Roberts covered the song " Island in the Sun ", which was originally recorded by Weezer in ; she recorded the song for the Aquamarine soundtrack, a film in which she starred as one of the leads. Roberts said in a interview: I am getting ready to start a new movie this summer so that is taking a lot of my time. I think when I am a little bit older it is definitely something I'd like to pursue. I don't like people who become like 'actor slash singer.
You're going to be better at one, so you might as well stick to the one you're good at. I'm going for acting. After a "heated argument", they had begun hitting each other. Peters was not arrested because Roberts did not have any immediately visible injuries.