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Emily Osment Biography

Dec 27, 2006

Emily Osment's older bro may be a bigger household name, but that doesn't necessarily mean he's the bigger talent. Get more info right here on Haley Joel's little sis'!

Emily Osment - Following Footsteps

Emily got her start in the acting biz at a fairly young age - but this is no surprise for someone who's older brother earned an Oscar nomination when he was just 11. Emily first appeared in commercials and on the radio before landing a role in the flick, The Secret Life of Girls. From there, Emily had guest appearances on several TV shows like 3rd Rock from the Sun, Touched by an Angel and Friends.

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Emily Osment - Big Break

While she'd been working steady for a few years, Emily's big break didn't come until 2002 when she was cast as Gerti Giggles in Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams. In that movie, Emily plays half of a sibling spy duo who teams up with Carmen and Juni to save the day. Emily reprised her role in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over in 2003.

Emily Osment - Superstar's Best Friend

Emily's latest project finds her on the set of the Disney Channel comedy, Hannah Montana. Emily plays Lilly Truscott, best friend to secret superstar Hannah Montana, AKA Miley Stewart. On the show, Lilly has to keep Miley's secret safe from everyone else at school, so Miley can attempt to lead a normal life. In real life, Emily says she's not very good at keeping secrets at all!

Emily Osment - Music Career

Best-known for playing Lilly Truscott on Disney Channel’s Emmy-nominated Hannah Montana and Gerti Giggles in the Spy Kids movie sequels, Emily Osment has actually been making music almost as long as she’s been acting. And even though she’s just 18, don’t expect disposable Top 40 teen-pop on her Wind-up Records debut, Fight or Flight, produced by U.K. auteur Nellee Hooper, whose credits include Gwen Stefani and No Doubt, U2, Bjork, Madonna, Massive Attack and Soul II Soul.

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Writing with such well-respected tunesmiths as Grammy winners Adam Schlesinger and Toby Gad as well as David Gamson, Osment’s album bow combines her classic rock influences into a mature-beyond-her-years blend of state-of-the-art electro/Europop, as on the first single, “Lovesick” and the feisty “Double Talk”, alternative/indie “Let’s Be Friends,” “Gotta Believe in Something”, sophisticated, jazzy torch ballads “Marisol” and “You Get Me Through" and even rapping over hip-hop beats “1-800 Clap Your Hands [The Water is Rising].”

An accomplished musician, whose mom first taught her to play guitar, Osment wrote most of the songs on Fight or Flight in recording studios in New York and L.A., before turning the tracks over for Hooper to work on in London (where they communicated on Skype), then finishing them up together back in the States.

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The album’s title, Fight or Flight, reflects Emily’s own lofty ambitions to fight through personal anxieties to achieve simultaneous success in two very competitive fields.

“It’s about that chemical reaction in your head when you’re faced with fear,” she says. “You have a choice to fight that or run away. Working on this album, I had so many decisions along the way about whether to take on a particular battle or not. I was so involved in every single process of this record, and the songs are so related to my own life.”

For Emily Osment, nothing expresses the belief she has in her musical ability better than the 11 new songs on Fight or Flight.

“I’m a serious musician,” she says. “And if I can convince myself of that, I don’t think it will be too hard to convince the rest of the world of that, too. I’ve given 1000% to making this album… I won’t settle for mediocrity.”

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Emily Osment - Did U Know?

  • Emily Osment likes to knit.
  • Emily Osment lends her voice to the 2006 holiday film, Holidaze
  • Emily Osment likes to play soccer in her free time.
  • Emily Osment's favorite food is ravioli.

Emily Osment Says...

"I'm trying to follow in my brother's footsteps because I know he's really talented. I'm just trying to be like him, I think."

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