Emma Hunton is an American actress, singer, and model, who attracted the attention of the public for her appearances in the films “Happy Endings” (2005) and “Good Trouble” (2019).
Age, Early Life, and, Education Background
Emma Leigh Hunton was born in Los Angeles, California, under the Virgo zodiac sign on 26 August 1991, and is 30 years old as of early 2022. She is of Caucasian ethnicity and was born to actress Erica Hunton, famous for her appearance in the western TV show “Gunsmoke,” which starred James Arness and released in 1955 and “The Walton’s” (1972) – her father’s name is not available.
Emma grew up interested in acting, and her mother, whom she considers her icon, was very supportive, saying during an interview that, ‘Growing up, my mom was a waitress supporting me while I went on auditions. As I got older, my mom became more involved in the industry, and started working with a friend who owned a talent agency…’
Hunton attended a local high school and was a member of the drama club, appearing in several inter-school plays – it’s unclear whether she went to college.
Before she officially began her musical career, Emma performed regularly at (Le) Poisson Rouge live music hotspot in New York City.
It was common for guest artists to sing together on stage, and in 2006 she was joined by Ariana Grande, who was then 13 years old, and already a Nickelodeon starlet, then performing regularly with Emma; on top of that, the latter later collaborated with Ariana’s brother Frankie Grande to release the song “The Mad Ones” in 2018.
Career Beginnings and Musical Theater Appearances
Hunton has attended many musical theaters to sharpen her music skills. She has landed roles in several off-Broadway productions, such as 2012’s “Rent” playing Young Cossette, the Tony Award-winning Broadway play “Spring Awakening” portraying Isle, and as Natalie on the national tour of “Next to Normal”. In 2014, she was cast in the national tour production “Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz,”.
She became the youngest woman to play Elphaba in an English version of “Wicked” at the age of 23 – the second youngest actress to ever portray Elphaba behind Dana Paola, who featured in the Mexican version of “Wicked” at the age of 18. Emma’s portrayal of Elphaba was critically acclaimed, which then saw her landing the role of Ellie in Disney’s Theatrical Production adaptation “Freaky Friday The Musical” in 2016 and ‘17.
TV Appearances and Later Career
Emma made her TV debut in 1999 with a role in the CBS drama “Judging Amy”, before she landed a protagonist role in an episode of the TV adaptation “Chicken Soup for the Soul” in the same year.
She made her first scripted TV appearance as Connor’s sister, Vincent Kartheiser, in the fourth season episode “Home” of the show “Angel” (2003), which is the spin-off from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Subsequently, Emma was a guest in “The Drew Carey Show,” aired on ABC in 2003, appearing in one episode playing Madison – the show lasted until 2004.
Emma net appeared in “Happy Endings” in 2005, before she landed a role in “Sonny with a Chance” in 2010. She landed a recurring role in the drama “Good Trouble”, a “The Fosters” spin-off, which began airing on Freeform in 2019. The show follows the story of two main characters, Mariana Adams and Callie Adams from “The Fosters” series, who relocate to Los Angeles to embark on the next phase of their lives.
Emma portrays Davia, an outspoken teacher who is also a body-positivity influencer.
Hunton recently contributed to the musical “Witness Uganda” in the role of Ryan; the production features lyrics by Griffin Matthews and Matt Gould, and is inspired by true events of Matthews’ humanitarian and charity work in Uganda. She is the first woman to play Ryan, who is the best friend of Griffin in New York.
Emma is active on Instagram and Twitter, with close to 55,000 and 10,000 followers respectively. She shares her relationship details and other daily experiences with her fans in a uniquely humorous style through her social media handles.
She is also fond of encouraging healthy body image, and advising her Instagram followers to embrace their bodies the way they are. She isn’t active on Facebook.
Hunton married chef Ryan Duval in late 2017. Her husband has worked in various restaurants in California, and is currently a chef at The Wallace, which is situated in Culver City. He studied sociology at California State, San Bernardino, and Fullerton College, and later attended Le Cordon Bleu to study culinary arts.
Before she tied the knot, Emma had a brief affair with the dancer Raymond Joel Matsamura.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Emma is 5ft 2ins (1.57m) tall, weighs about 120lbs (55kg) with vital statistics of 34B-28-40, and wearing shoe size 5.5 (US); the TV personality has long blonde hair and dark brown eyes.
She has a good sense of fashion and is often seen in stylish exotic dresses. Emma has undergone a notable body transformation, and her rapid weight reduction has left most of her followers surprised. She advises people to love their bodies, and previously admitted that she was once a victim of the notion ‘skinny-is-beautiful,’ which made her ration her meals to attain a slim figure, but ending up somewhat dissatisfied.
Hunton began her career in the showbiz industry as a child with several guest roles and has now appeared in many successful projects, which has increased her net worth steadily. As of early 2022, she is worth an estimated $3 million.
Emma’s Mother, Erica Hunton
Erica Hunton is an American actress and talent agent, who was born under the Aquarius zodiac sign on 2 February 1965 (57 years old). She is most famous for portraying Lucille and Annie in “The Waltons” and “Gunsmoke” respectively.
Erica has been active in the showbiz industry for more than three decades now, and has accumulated her net worth primarily from her successful entertainment career. Authoritative sources reveal that she earns an annual salary of approximately $400,000 and that her estimated net worth is close to $16 million as of 2022.