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Emily Osment is one of the actresses in the Spy Kids series. She is known for playing the character Gerti Giggles.

Early life

Osment was born in Los Angeles, where she & her family still resides, to actor Michael Eugene Osment,[1] and Theresa Osment (née Seifert), an English teacher.[2][3] Her father has appeared in various films and was in her movie Soccer Mom, and her older brother is the Academy Award-nominated actor Haley Joel Osment. She was raised Roman Catholic.[4]



Osment's into the entertainment industry began in 1998, when she was cast in a commercial for flower delivery company FTD.[5] From there she went on to feature in many commercials, after which she made her acting debut in the 1999 film The Secret Life of Girls, starring Eugene Levy and Linda Hamilton. The same year, she co-starred with Glenn Close in the Hallmark Classic telefilm Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End, a role that would lead a Young Artist Award nomination.[5] Since then, she has gone on to do a number of roles, such as appearances on television shows like Touched by an Angel, Friends, and 3rd Rock from the Sun.

In 2002, Osment made her film debut as Gerti Giggles in Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams which grossed $119 million globally and for which she won the "Young Artist Award" for best performance in a feature film. In 2003, she reprised her role in the third part of the Spy Kids series, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, which grossed $197 million worldwide.[6][7]

In 2006, Osment got the role of Lilly Truscott in the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana. The series premiere scored record ratings for the Disney Channel with 5.4 million viewers, a response "beyond our wildest expectations," according to the president of Disney Channel Entertainment.[8][9] The show earned her a Young Artist Award nomination in 2007 for best performance in a TV series (Comedy or Drama). She also appeared in the Disney Channel Hannah Montana promotion "Hannah Montana's Backstage Secrets," in which she portrays Lola in a fictional interview set in the show's canon. In addition, she helped to design some of the pieces from the Hannah Montana clothing collection which Disney released in the latter part of the summer in 2006.[10]

On December 25, Osment hosted the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade with Hannah Montana co-star Mitchel Musso. The parade featured acts like Miley Cyrus and the High School Musical cast. She and Musso performed a sketch based on a Hannah Montana episode. She also had a voice over role in a movie called Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen, which also featured the voices of fellow Disney Channel stars Brenda Song and Dylan and Cole Sprouse. She performed several songs for the movie, including "Don't Ya Just Love Christmas" and "One Day."

Osment did a voice-over role in the Disney movie Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch and also a voice role in Edward Fubbwupper Fibbed Big. She also starred as a goth in R. L. Stine's: The Haunting Hour Volume One: Don't Think About It[11][12][13][14][15][16][17] (co-starring with Hannah Montana co-star Cody Linley). It earned her a Young Artist Award nomination in 2008 for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special Leading Young Actress. In 2007, she guest starred as Kelly & tall skunk girl on Disney Channel's Shorty McShorts' Shorts.

According to an audio interview with Osment backstage at the Grammys, she is to start filming a new movie called Soccer Mom. In April 2008, Parade magazine and Forbes ranked her #1 in their Hot Kid Stars To Watch list.[18] She also starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie, Dadnapped. The film premiered in February 2009.

As of May 2011, Osment has finished filming a made-for-tv-movie for ABC Family in Vancouver called "Cyberbully" which stars Kelly Rowan and Kay Panabaker. She will play the role of "Taylor Hillridge" who becomes a victim of cyber bullying.


Osment sang vocals in Billy Ray Cyrus's song "You've Got a Friend" from his 2007 album Home at Last. She has also recorded a song entitled "I Don't Think About It" for The Haunting Hour Volume One under the label Hatchery, for which she shot an accompanying music video. The video was released in The Haunting Hour DVD and premiered on Cartoon Network.

I Don't Think About It was recorded for RL Stine's The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It and hit number one on the Radio Disney top three in July 2009.[19] She also shot an accompanying music video for the song, released in The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It DVD.

The music video shows Osment singing the song in a recording studio. Throughout it are scenes of her singing to the song with crazy animations in the background. Another portion of it shows clips from the movie The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It. IT also shows behind the scenes clips and some with home videos of her.

Osment also recorded a remake version of the song "If I Didn't Have You" with Mitchel Musso for the DisneyMania 6 CD. The song was produced by Bryan Todd. The two also filmed a music video for their remake.[20] In addition, she also recorded a song, released in 2008, with "The Disney Channel Circle Of Stars." She recorded a remake of "Once Upon a Dream" for the release of Sleeping Beauty 50th Platinum Edition. The song was aired on Disney Channel on September 12, 2008.[21] She also recorded a song called "Hero in Me" for the Disney Channel Original Movie, Dadnapped. She also filmed a music video to accompany it. The song will also be released on the Disney compilation album Disney Channel Playlist, which was released June 9, 2009.

According to an audio interview with Osment backstage at the Grammys 2008, she is currently writing and recording tracks with Eve 6. In an interview with Half Taft Blue in 2008, she said that she is working on her EP which is called All the Right Wrongs, though the sound will be completely different from Disney pop. Instead, the main genre will be Indie rock, and the EP will be released. She is set to write most of the songs on the album, with the new track "All The Way Up" being premiered on Radio Disney in August 2009.

Osment describes her music as "definitely Pop but with an Alternative rock edge." She has collaborated on tunes with Tom Higgenson, Max Collins, Tony Fagenson, Toby Gad and Mandi Perkins.[22][23] On September 18, 2009, Osment tweeted the songs that would be featured in her EP on her official Twitter page.[24]

On March 24, Osment confirmed on Good Day NY that her debut album is set to be released in the Summer 2010.[25] The first single, "Let's Be Friends" from her debut album premiered on on June 7, 2010.[26] On June 3, it was announced that the album will be released this fall.[27] She announced via Facebook on August 16 that her album would be released in the US on October 5 and that it would be titled Fight or Flight. The cover art was revealed August 17. The next single off Fight or Flight was "Lovesick."

In May 2011, she released her next single "Hush" to Canadian Radio. The song is a duet between her and Josh Ramsay.

In July 2011, she released her newest single "Drift". Which is also featured is Cyberbully.


That same year, Osment signed a deal to appear in a nationwide campaign called "Smart Girls Rock" by the New York-based denim brand Vanilla Star. "It's a new line for girls, the clothes are really denim and girly with an edge of punk."[28] She promoted her song "I Don't Think About It" with the release of the campaign and commercial.

Late that summer, Disney released a Hannah Montana clothing collection. Osment helped to design some of the pieces from the collection. Her image was used some of these pieces, as well as other Hannah Montana merchandise (such as dolls and DVDs).[29]


Feature film
Year Film Role Notes
1999 The Secret Life of Girls Miranda Aiken
Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End Cassie Witting
2000 Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big Voice role
2002 Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Gerti Giggles
2003 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Gerti Giggles
2006 Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen Trick Voice role
2009 Hannah Montana: The Movie Lilly Truscott
Film Made for Television or Video
Year Film Role Notes
2005 Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch Additional voices
2007 The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It Cassie Keller Direct-to-video film
2008 Soccer Mom Becca Direct-to-video film
Surviving Sid Claire Direct-to-video short, voice role
2009 Dadnapped Melissa Morris Disney Channel Original Movie
2011 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 Pep Voice Role
Cyberbully Taylor Hillridge Main Role
Year Title Role Notes
2006–2011 Hannah Montana Lilly Truscott/Lola Luftnagle Main Role
2010–2012 Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil Kendall Perkins Recurring Role
2013–2014 Cleaners Roxie
2014–2018 Young & Hungry Gabi Diamond Main Role
2015–2016 Mom Jodi Hubbard Recurring Role
2018–present The Kominsky Method Theresa Recurring Role
Television guest appearances
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Cast and Crew Herself Archive Footage
3rd Rock from the Sun Dahlia "Dick, Who's Coming to Dinner" (1999)
2000 Touched by an Angel Alyssa "With God as My Witness" (2000)
2001 Friends Lelani Mayolanofavich "The One with the Halloween Party" (2001)
2006 SoapTalk Herself "June 14" (2006)
2007 Shorty McShorts' Shorts Tall Skunk Girl/Kelly "She Zow" (2006) & "Mascot Prep" (2007)
2007–2009 The View Herself February 16, 2009 & "November 20, 2009
2006–2009 Disney 365 Herself "The Lion King's 10th Anniversary" (2008) &
"The Little Mermaid on Broadway" (2009)
2009 The Suite Life On Deck Lola Luftnagle "Double-Crossed" (2009)
2009 Leo Little's Big Show Herself "Hannah Montana: The Movie" (2009)
2010 Jonas L.A. Herself "Boat Trip" (2010)


Studio albums

  • Fight or Flight (2010)

Extended plays

  • All the Right Wrongs (2009)


Year Result Award Category Nominated Work
1999 Nominated Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot - Young Actress Age Ten or Under Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End
2003 Best Youth Ensemble in a feature film Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams
2008 Best Youth Ensemble in a TV Series Hannah Montana
Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special Leading Young Actress The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It
2009 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Fresh Face Female Hannah Montana: The Movie
Won Choice TV Sidekick Hannah Montana
2010 Nominated People's Choice Awards Favorite Breakout Movie Actress Hannah Montana: The Movie


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