Born in August 1991 in Los Angles, Emma Hunton has built an impressive career as singer, actor and theater star. With new roles in Broadway and TV, 2019 has taken off to a flying start for Emma. With her star on the rise, now’s a great time to discover 10 things you didn’t know about Emma Hunton.
1. Emma has a famous parent
Emma is the daughter of actress, Erica Hunton. Erica rose to fame through roles in The Walton’s and Gunsmoke. Erica’s first appearance on The Walton’s came as Holly Carter in the series’ 1972 opener, The Foundling. 8 years later, Erica returned to the show as Lucille, a schoolmate of Elizabeth’s. Erica also appeared in 2 episodes of the long running western TV show, Gunsmoke, as Annie.
2. Emma holds the record for the youngest Elphaba in the stage production of Wicked
In April 2014, Emma replaced Alison Luff in the 1st National Tour of Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz. Emma currently enjoys the position of being the youngest actress to have played Elphaba in an English language version of the production, and 2nd youngest overall. The youngest ever actress to play the role is Danna Paola, who starred in the Mexican version of the production at only 18 years old.
3. Emma’s first scripted TV appearance was on sci-fi show, Angel
Emma’s made her first appearance on scripted TV in Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin- off, Angel. Starring as the kid sister of Connor, one of the show’s lead characters, Emma’s appearance came during the show’s fourth season. The episode, entitled “Home”, aired in 2003.
4. Emma appeared on the Drew Carey Show
One of Emma’s earliest appearances on TV came courtesy of The Drew Carey Show. Airing on ABC, the series, starring Drew Carey in the titular role, was an American sitcom centered on the home life of a fictionalized version of the actor. Emma appeared in just one episode of the show, as a character called Madison. The episode aired in 2003. The show lasted just one more year after Emma’s appearance, bringing its 9-year run to a close in 2004.
5. She is best known as a Broadway Star
Although Emma has several TV credits to her name, she is perhaps best known for her work on Broadway. After making her Broadway debut as Isle in the Tony award winning “Spring Awakening”, Emma went on to star as Natalie in “Next to Normal”, and perhaps most famously of all, as Elphaba in the national tour of “Wicked”.
6. Emma has appeared in off-Broadway productions
Despite being most famous for her work on Broadway, Emma has also featured in a number of off-Broadway productions. Her first appearance came as Young Cossette in the third national tour of Les MisÃ©rables. In 2012, she added to her list of credits with an appearance as Maureen in the off-Broadway production of Rent.
7. In 2019, Emma landed a re-occurring role in The Fosters spin off, Good Trouble
Good Trouble follows two of the lead characters from The Fosters, Callie Adams Foster and Mariana Adams Foster, as they move to L.A. and embark on the next stage of their life. Emma takes on her biggest TV role to date as the re-occurring character, Davia, a teacher known for her forthright, no holds barred outlook on life. The show has enjoyed favorable reviews since its launch in January 2019, and has already been picked up for a 2nd season.
8. Emma is the first female to play the role of Ryan in musical, “Witness Uganada”
In February 2019, Emma took on a new starring role in Witness Uganda. The musical features lyrics by Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews, and is based on the true story of Matthews’ humanitarian work in Uganda. Emma plays the role of Ryan, Griffin’s best friend in New York. Emma is the first female to take on the character, with all previous productions featuring a male actor in the part.
9. Emma is active on Social Media
Emma joined Twitter in January 2009, and has been an occasional tweeter ever since. Emma currently has over 6000 followers, and is following over 300 other users. Emma is also an avid fan of Instagram, posting over a thousand times and amassing over 18 thousand followers since joining.
10. Emma has appeared at Feinstein’s/ 54 Below
In July 2015, Emma took to the stage at Feinstein’s/ 54 Below for a solo appearance. The legendary cabaret spot in New York, owned by Broadway produces, Marc Routh, Tom Viertel, Steve Baruch and Richard Frankel, has welcomed many famous acts over the years, including Patti LuPone, Robbie Rozelle and Barbara Cook. During her appearance, Emma told the story of her years in New York via a variety of different musical styles.