M: Thanks so much for agreeing to do this interview, Emma.
E: No problem, it's a pleasure.
M: I'd like to ask you a few questions, just so we can get an idea of who you really are.
E: (grinning) Ask away!
M: Okay, for starters, we already know your full name is Emma Grace Roberts. Can you tell me how old you are?
E: What a fun question. Let me think...I suppose I'd use some of it to travel to India and England. They're the two countries I'd love to see the most. I'd give some to my church, and put some in savings. And maybe shop a little bit, too. (laughing)
M: (laughing too) Wow, you did great with those! So, now we can get back to the basics. What's your favorite color?
E: Ooh, that's a tough one. I'd have to say either red or purple. But not together! I'm not quite ready for the red hat society yet! (she laughs)
M: (laughing too) I think you're a little young. Okay, so what's your favorite book?
E: "Emma" by Jane Austen, without a doubt.
M: (rolling my eyes) Great, another Janeite in the house! Tess will be thrilled.
M: Whoa, whoa, hold on! You guys can have your Jane Austen fan club meeting later. I did want to ask, though, if you could BRIEFLY tell me why that's your favorite book.
E: Well, because I share the same name as the heroine, for starters. (grinning)
M: Of course. Anything else?
E: (nodding) With all the Twilight stuff going around, I thought this would be a fun conversation starter. I'm definitely partial to Mr. Knightley over those other guys. Call me strange, but I'd rather not date someone who was interested in eating me or drinking my blood, even if he was a gentleman.
M: (grossed out) I'm with you on that one, although I'd go more for an Aragorn or Legolas myself. You really should talk to Tess. She wrote a whole blog post on that. But we need to move on! What is your favorite movie?
E: Oh, there's no way I could choose just one! Okay, there's "Emma", for starters...
M: (mumbling) Surprise, surprise.
E: Oh yeah! Let's see, I'd have to add "Veer-Zaara" to the top of the list...
M: Mama loves that movie...she actually has it,. She even did her own custom doll modeled after Zaara.
E: (gasping) Mama has a Zaara doll?! Can I meet her?
M: Probably...after we finish the interview, though.
E: How exciting!!
M: Well, we'd better move on. I still have a lot of questions for you. The next one is what is your favorite CD?
E: I actually like Rhapsody.com way better than CDs because I can pick and choose the songs I like and make my own compilation. But if I had to choose, I'd have to say the soundtracks to "Emma", "Veer-Zaara", and "Om Shanti Om"...that's another Bollywood movie (I do fast-forward one of the songs when I watch that one...it's too sensual for me). I love Bollywood music and classical music the best.
E: How fun! I'll have to try it sometime!
E: (thinking) Probably berry pie, although I could choose others.
M: Favorite drink?
M: Favorite animal?
E: Polar bear, especially the Coca-cola polar bear. (grinning)
M: Do you have any hobbies?
E: Let's see, I like drawing, dancing, shopping, watching Nascar (go Jeff Gordon!!), watching movies...I don't know. Is that enough?
M: That should do. How about what you'd like to be when you grow up?
E: I'd love to be an illustrator for children's books.
M: How cool! I want to be a children's author, or a journalist. Maybe we could do a book together!
E: That would be fun!
M: Okay, but we can't get distracted talking about that right now. Do you have anything that you collect? We're big on collections in this house.
E: Shahrukh. It's pronounced shah-rook. I named him after my favorite Bollywood actor, Shahrukh Khan.
M: Poor teddy bear. What ever happened to Bob or Fred or just plain Teddy?
E: (defensively) I like it. It's unique.
M: You can say that again. Just one more question for you. What's your favorite store?
E: I love Best Buy, but I also love shopping on eBay!
M: Good choices. Well, that's all I had. Is there anything else you'd like to share with our blogging audience?
E: I don't think so...except to thank all of you for your warm words of welcome. Mama let me read her blog and I was so touched by what all of you had to say...
At this point, Emma completely lost her train of thought, because Tess, who had overheard Emma's comments about wanting to meet Mama's Zaara doll, had sent her out to the set of the interview.
I was shocked. Zaara never leaves her place in front of Mama's curio. "Zaara, what are you doing here?"
"Tess sent me," Zaara replied. "She said there was someone here who wanted to meet me..."
"Zaara Hyatt-Khan?" Emma interrupted.
Zaara nodded. "Of course. I've been trying to figure out what on earth to do with it."
Emma took the poster and stared at it. "Wow!!" she suddenly squealed. "My very own Shahrukh Khan poster!"