FACTS & TRIVIA
Full Name: Emily Jordan Osment
Birth date: March 10, 1992
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Emily Jordan Osment is an American actress, singer and songwriter. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Osment began her career as a child actress, appearing in numerous television films before co-starring as Gerti Giggles in Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (2002) and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003). She is perhaps best known for her role as Lilly Truscott on the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana (2006–2011) and appeared in the theatrical film based off the series, Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009).
Osment also appeared as Cassie Keller in The Haunting Hour: Don’t Think About It (2007) and as Melissa Morris in the Disney Channel television film Dadnapped (2009). She starred as Taylor Hillridge in the ABC Family television film Cyberbully (2011) and as Roxie on the web television series Cleaners (2013–2014). Starting in 2014, Osment starred as Gabi Diamond on the Freeform television series Young & Hungry, for which she has received three Teen Choice Award nominations. The show ended its run in 2018.
Osment came to prominence in music after recording songs for the soundtracks of her Disney projects, most notably a duet of “If I Didn’t Have You” with Mitchel Musso in 2007 and a cover of “Once Upon a Dream” in 2008. In 2009, she signed with Wind-Up Records, with whom she released one extended play and one studio album, All the Right Wrongs (2009) and Fight or Flight (2010). Osment is currently recording her third studio album.
1998–2005: Career beginnings
Osment’s entry into the entertainment industry began in 1998, when she was cast in a commercial for flower delivery company FTD. 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 television film Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter’s End, a role that would lead a Young Artist Award nomination.Emily also made a brief cameo in the Smash Mouth music video All star, as the girl in the referee uniform. 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.
Osment made her film debut as Gerti Giggles in Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (2002) which grossed $229 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 film of the Spy Kids series, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, which grossed $197 million worldwide. 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.
2006–2009: Hannah Montana
In 2006, Osment got the role of Lilly Truscott in the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana, the best friend of Miley Stewart and girlfriend to Oliver Oken on seasons 3 and 4. When Miley was Hannah, Lilly was under the alias Lola Luftnagle. 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. The show earned her a nomination for Young Artist Award in 2007 for Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama). Osment also appeared in promoting Hannah Montana, Hannah Montana ‘s Backstage Secrets, which plays Lola in a fictional interview in the series canon . In addition, Osment helped to design some of the pieces from the collection of clothing Hannah Montana Disney, which released the last part in the summer of 2006. She also had a voice over role in a movie called Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn’t Happen. She performed several songs for the movie, including “Don’t Ya Just Love Christmas” and “One Day”. Emily sings the chorus of the song Billy Ray Cyrus “You’ve Got a Friend”, from his album 2007 Home at Last. Osment has also recorded a song titled “I Don’t Think About It” in The Haunting Hour: Don’t Think About It, for which they made a music video. The video was released in Haunting Hour DVD and premiered at Cartoon Network.
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. Osment 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. Emily performed several songs for the film, including “Don’t Ya Just Love Christmas” and “One Day”. She also starred as a goth in R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: Don’t Think About It. It earned her a Young Artist Award nomination in 2008 for “Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special Leading Young Actress”. She also recorded the song “I Don’t Think About It” for the movie’s soundtrack.
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. 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”, released on September 12, 2008. She recorded a song called “Hero in Me” for the Disney Channel original movie, Dadnapped and also filmed a music video to accompany it. In 2008 she starred in the film Soccer Mom, and was ranked on No. 1 on Parade magazine and Forbes to Hot Kid Stars To Watch list. She also starred in the Disney Channel original movie, Dadnapped which premiered in February 2009.
2009–2012: All the Right Wrongs and Fight or Flight
In June 2009 Osment signed with Wind-Up Records and announced that was writing and recording tracks with Eve 6. She has collaborated on tunes with Tom Higgenson, Max Collins, Tony Fagenson, Toby Gad and Mandi Perkins. “All the Way Up” was released as the lead single on August 25, 2009. The song debuted at No. 77 in the Canadian Hot 100 then a week later peaked at No. 76. On October 26, 2009, Osment release her debut extended play, All The Right Wrongs, with six songs in the standard edition and eight songs in the deluxe. The EP peaked at No. 117 at Billboard Top 200 and No. 1 at Top Heatseekers. About the album, Osment said: “The songs on the album are from four different people, I wrote with four different people, and they all had to fit on the album together…I kind of just did my own thing. I listen to a lot of Alanis Morissette, I kind of got inspired from her and her song “Jagged Little Pill” …There’s a lot of edge to (Emily’s album)…I love hearing the guitars and the drums in the songs”. “You Are the Only One” was released as second single on February 27, 2010. It failed to make an impact on any charts, but enjoyed some success on Radio Disney. Originally, “You Are the Only One” was intended to be released as the lead single from the album, but was dropped due to Osment wanting to release “All the Way Up” instead.
Osment confirmed through her Twitter account that she would be on tour: the Clap Your Hands Tour included nine dates in the United States. On March 24, 2010, Osment confirmed on Good Day NY that her debut album would be released in the summer of 2010.”Let’s Be Friends” was released as the album’s lead single on June 8, 2010. The single debuted and peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart and No. 67 at Germany. In addition, the single became her first to chart on an official US singles chart, when it peaked at No. 31 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. In October 5 she released her first album, Fight or Flight, focused on electropop and synthpop. The album peaked at No. 170 at Billboard Top 200 and No. 2 at Top Heatseekers. The second single, “Lovesick”, was released on February 4, 2011. Due to the strong digital downloads the song received, the song debuted at No. 165 on the UK Singles Chart. During the week of April 17, 2011, the single entered the Top 100 in the UK, reaching a peak of 67 on the chart. The single also became her second to achieve success on the Canadian Hot 100, where it debuted at No. 71, and later rose to a peak of 66.
In October, Osment made her second tour Fight or Flight Tour to promote her first album Fight or Flight. It included concerts in North America, Europe and Latin America . It began on October 30, 2010 in São Paulo, Brazil, and ended on December 8, 2010 in Appleton, Wisconsin. Osment presented at the 2010 MTV Europe Music Awards on November 7 in Madrid, Spain, presenting an award to Justin Bieber for best male artist. In March 2010, Osment lent her voice to the secondary character, Celeste Kendall Perkins for the animated series Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil of Disney XD. On May 10, 2011, she released the duet single “Hush” with Josh Ramsay of Marianas Trench, and the song peaked at No. 90 in Canada. In 2011, Osment starred in the ABC Family movie about a young woman who suffers cyberbullying, called Cyberbully, released on July 17, 2011. ABC worked with Seventeen Magazine to make the film with the hope that it would help eliminate Internet harassment. It was filmed in Montreal and was released on DVD on February 7, 2012. The film received generally positive reviews and had 3.4 million viewers on its premiere. To promote the film, she released her single, “Drift”.
2013–present: Cleaners and Young & Hungry
In 2013, Osment starred in the TV series Cleaners, which in 2014 was announced for a second season. Osment had a cameo in Life with Boys, where she has to take a picture with the main character, Tess, and her boyfriend. She does not appear again and four episodes of Family Guy. She reprised her voice role as Pep for the third Beverly Hills Chihuahua film, which was released on DVD September 18, 2012, and was one of her last works at Disney. Emily Osment confirmed through her official Facebook account that she had left her label Wind-Up Records and has launched an independent project with airs folk, indie and country in a band called Ramshackle, consisting of Osment and her friend Dan Schechter, performing in bars such as the Troubadour and at the Spiedie Fest 2013, performing covers of The Beatles, R. Kelly and “Lullaby”. In 2013, Emily made a special participation in the episode “Bazinga! That’s From a TV Show” for the comedy series Two And A Half Men where she played the role of Ashley. Osment starred in the short film called Seasick Sailor led by Devon Bostick and Torre Catalano. The film has been presented in some film festivals and won the award for Best Narrative Short at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Osment also participated in the drama, Kiss Me, directed by Jeff Probst in which she starred opposite Irish actress Sarah Bolger. In October, Emily filmed a new movie No Way Jose. In October 2013, the third movie in the Nightmare franchise started filming, called A Daughter’s Nightmare, which premiered on Lifetime in 2014. Osment recorded the song In Case Of Fire for the soundtrack of the film. Osment also finished recording the second season of the web series Cleaners.
In 2014, she debuted as the lead role in the new ABC Family TV series Young & Hungry, produced by Ashley Tisdale. Emily plays Gabi, a feisty young blogger hired as the personal chef to a young San Francisco tech entrepreneur. The pilot episode, which aired on June 25, 2014, garnered 1.08 million views in the U.S. The show ends its run in 2018.
In 2015, one of the projects Osment is involved in is the movie Love Is All You Need? The film, which also stars Briana Evigan, is an independent drama set in a world where being gay is normal and heterosexual people are intimidated. In August 2015, Osment was booked for a recurring role on the third season of the CBS series Mom. She played Jodi, a girl living on the street who was a drug addict; Christy (Anna Faris) and Bonnie (Allison Janney) helped her stay clean and find a job. The third season premiered on November 5, 2015. But Jodi died from a drug overdose in midseason, a decision made with the creation of the character.