"Scream 4" filming "freaked out" Emma Roberts

Actress Emma Roberts arrives at the premiere of "Scream 4" on April 11, 2011, in Los Angeles.
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Emma Roberts on the April 2011 cover of Women's Health magazine.
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(CBS) Emma Roberts knows "Scream 4" isn't real. But shooting the slasher flick still gave the actress goosebumps.

"We did a lot of chase scenes in the movie, and I'd get so freaked out," she told Women's Health magazine. "Even though you know it's not real, part of you still has this scary adrenaline rush."

Roberts said she was "shocked and excited" when she landed the role of Jill Roberts in the film.

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"I was most excited that Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, and David Arquette were coming back just because they've been doing these movies for so long, they must really believe in this one if they're coming back for it," she added. "Having Wes Craven to work with as a director was really amazing. I mean, I really respect him and admire him so it was nice to get to work with him."

Craven had equally high praise for Roberts.

"She knocked our socks off," he told the magazine. "She is intelligent and was able to pull a real performance even from her audition which we did via Skype. She has a great combination of an all-American look and tremendous gravitas and force."

He continued, "Most actors would sit around Twittering. She reads serious books and has a knowledge of several centuries' worth of literature."

Women's Health's April 2011 issue is on newsstands now. "Scream 4" opens in theaters on Friday.