Then again, little sis is doing just fine on her own. Since making her TV debut at 6 in an FTD ad, she has acted opposite Glenn Close in the '99 TV movie Sarah, Plain and Tall, and won roles on Friends and Touched by an Angel. As the scheming Gertie, "Emily always had this cute little smirk on her face," says Kids costar Alexa Vega, 13, "like she's doing something bad."
Nope, just acting. Osment's parents—Eugene, 43, an actor (Minority Report), and Theresa, 42, a teacher—keep her firmly grounded. "If we tried to act like big shots, my family wouldn't allow us to go out in public," she says. Not that Mom and Dad aren't proud. "I'm thrilled that my kids do what I do," says Eugene.
Now on vacation from her private school, the fourth grader is home in L.A., enjoying family movie nights and hanging with Haley and their golden retrievers Tor and Nado. As for the future, "I want to be a writer when I grow up," says Osment. And leave the acting to her big brother? "Oh no!" she says. "I couldn't give that up."