Emma Stone is an American actress and filmmaker who is well-known around the globe for her beauty and amazing talent. Emma Stone entered the showbiz industry as a child actress, and as of now, she is one of the most successful and highest-paid actresses around the world. For her performances in films, she has received several awards and nominations including, a Golden Globe award, an Academy (Oscar) award, and a BAFTA award. She has played many important roles in several blockbuster movies. Stone has received three Academy Award nominations, five Golden Globe award nominations, and four BAFTA award nominations.
AskMen magazine listed her among the Top 99 Women in 2009. While FHM included her in its list of 100 Sexiest Women in the World, she also appeared on Maxim’s Hot 100 list in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2014. Time magazine listed her among the 100 most influential people in the world in 2017. Forbes included her in its Celebrity 100 list in 2013. In 2017, she was the world’s highest-paid actress. In 2011, she appeared on People magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful Women list and FHM Australia’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World list. Emma Stone is ‘without a doubt one of the most beautiful and most talented Hollywood actresses.
She made her film debut in 2007 in the comedy film Superbad and has been appearing in films ever since. She has played many successful roles and has received critical acclaim for her talent. Stone has starred in many blockbusters and successful movies such as; Superbad (2007), Zombieland (2009), Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), The Help (2011), The Croods (2013), Birdman (2014), La La Land (2016), The Favourite (2018) and many more.
Emma Stone (Bio)
Date of Birth: 6 November, 1988
Origin: Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Height: 5’ 6’’ (1.68m)
Networth: $30 million
Spouse: Dave McCary (2020-present)
Her full name is Emily Jean Stone. She was born to Jeffery Charles Stone and Krista Jean Stone on 6 November 1988 in Scottsdale Arizona USA. Her father Jeffery Stone was the founder and CEO of a general contracting company, and her mother Krista Stone was a homemaker. She has a younger brother Spencer. From the age of twelve to fifteen she lived on the grounds of Camelback Inn resort with her parents. Stone went to the Sequoya Elementary School and went to the Cocopah Middle School for the sixth grade. She did not like school at all but worked hard to get good results.
Emma Stone was interested in acting since the age of four. She wanted to enter into sketch comedy but lessons for several years.
In 1999, she made her stage debut as Otter in the stage production of The Wind in the Willows, at the time she was eleven years old. She appeared in sixteen productions in the next two years at Phoenix’s Valley Youth Theater, while she was homeschooled. She also went to Los Angeles and auditioned for a part in the television comedy series All That, but didn’t get it. Her parents then sent her to an acting coach for private acting classes. She went to an all-girl Catholic high school Xavier College Preparatory as a freshman but left the school to pursue her acting career. Young Emma Stone gave a PowerPoint presentation in front of her parents to convince them to let her move to California to become an actress.
Stone moved to Los Angeles with her mother in January 2004. Stone has said that “I went up for every single show on the Disney Channel and auditioned to play the daughter on every single sitcom, I ended up getting none.” She kept auditioning for any role she could get, and also enrolled in online high-school classes. She also worked at a dog treat bakery.
In 2004, Emma Stone made her television debut in the reality show In Search of New Partridge Family. She played the role of Laurie Partridge. This was a talent competition show VH1, which was retitled The New Partridge Family, and remained an unsold pilot. She then made a guest appearance in HBO series Lucky Louie by Louis C.K. In the 2007 superhero television series Heroes by the NBC, she auditioned for one of the lead roles of Claire Bennet, but did not get the part, and later went on to call it her “rock bottom” experience. She then got the role of Violet Trimble in the 2007 action drama Drive by Fox, but the show got canceled after seven episodes.
In 2007, she made her feature film debut as Jules in the coming of age teen comedy film Superbad. In this film, she co-starred with Jonah Hill and Michael Cera. She played the love interest of Hill’s character and dyed her hair red for this role. Her performance received good reviews from the critics, and they found her appealing. The film was a box office success with its earnings of around $170.8 million. For her role in the film, Emma Stone received a Young Hollywood Award in the Exciting New Face category.
She then co-starred in the 2008 comedy film The Rocker with Rainn Wilson and Christina Applegate. She played the role of a bass guitarist in a band named, Amelia Stone. For this role, she learned to play bass. This movie was a critical and commercial failure. She next appeared in The House Bunny, a romantic comedy. She played the role of Natalie Sandler, a nerdy but intelligent Zeta Sister who is always ready for new experiences. This film did better on box office than her previous film. Though the film received generally negative reviews from the critics, Stone’s performance received very good reviews for her supporting role. Ken Fox of TV Guide said of her performance “She’s positively incandescent, lighting up a movie that would be pretty dim without her.”
In 2009, Emma Stone starred in three movies; Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Zombieland, and Paper Man. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past was, in a way, based on the 1843 short novel A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. This was a romantic comedy film in which she co-starred with Matthew McConaughey, Michael Douglas, and Jennifer Garner. Stone plays the role of a ghost who haunts her ex-boyfriend. Though the critics gave it very bad reviews, the film overall did well on the box office.
Her second film in 2009 was Zombieland, in which she appeared alongside Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Abigail Breslin. In this post-apocalyptic zombie comedy film, she played the role of a con artist who robs people along with her little sister. She is also the love interest of the main character of the film, Columbus, played by Jesse Eisenberg. The film was her critically and commercially most successful movie until then. With its budget of $23.6 million, it grossed over $102.4 million worldwide. Zombieland (2009) holds an 89% ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, a 7.6/10 rating on IMDb, and a 4.5/5 rating on Vudu. Critics loved Stone’s performance in the film and gave her very good reviews.
Emma Stone’s third film that year was the comedy-drama Paper Man, which proved to be a commercial and critical failure. In the next year, she played the voice of an Australian Shepherd in a live-action comedy film by Tom Dey, Marmaduke (2010).
In 2010, she played the lead role of Olive Penderghast in the teen comedy-drama film Easy A. this film tells the story of a teenage high school student, who somehow gets involved in a comic sex scandal after a false rumor goes around that she is sexually promiscuous. Stone read the script of the film while producers were finalizing the production details, and loved it so much that she pursued the role with her manager and got the part. While talking about the film she said that the script was “so different and unique from anything I’d read before”, she also said that it was “funny and sweet”.
Easy A (2010) was a critical and commercial success and proved to be her breakthrough film. The film went to gross over $75 million worldwide, with its budget of just $8 million. Emma Stone received critical acclaim for her performance, and received nominations for BAFTA Rising Star Award, a Golden Globe nomination in the Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy category, and received an MTV Movie award in the Best Comedic Performance category.
Easy A (2010) is Emma Stone’s one of the most critically acclaimed films. It holds a 7/10 rating on IMDb, an 85% approval rate on Rotten Tomatoes, and 72% ratings on Metacritic. While talking about Stone’s performance Time Out’s Anna Smith wrote “Stone gives a terrific performance, her knowing drawl implying intellect and indifference with underlying warmth.”
Further Success and World Recognition (2011-2015)
In 2011, she made a brief appearance in the sex-comedy film Friends with Benefits, which stars Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. Later that year, she appeared alongside Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, and Julianne Moore in a supporting role in the romantic comedy film Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011). In this film, she played the role of Hannah Weaver, a young law school graduate who is the love interest of Gosling’s character Jacob Palmer. Her performance in the film received very good reviews and earned her a Teen Choice Award in the Choice Movie Actress – Comedy category. The film was a commercial and a critical success.
Up until now she had been appearing almost only in comedy movies and had only played the “interest of the guy” role, so she decided to take on a different role. She met with the director Tate Taylor and expressed her desire to work in his upcoming film The Help (2011). The Help (2011) was set in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s, and was based on a novel of the same name by Kathryn Stockett. Taylor gave her the role of an aspiring young writer, Eugenia ‘Skeeter’ Phelan, who is learning about the lives of African-American maids. She worked very hard to do the part right, and learned to speak in a Southern accent, and educated herself on the Civil Rights Movement by reading books and articles and watching films.
The Help (2011) was a huge commercial and critical success. With its budget of just $25 million, it grossed over $216 million worldwide. Critics loved the film and Stone’s performance. Anna Smith of Empire magazine wrote that Stone was “well-meaning and hugely likable” despite the fact that there were some flaws in the character. The film received an Academy Award nomination in the Best Picture category, while it won Broadcast Film Critics Association and Women Film Critics Circle awards in the Best Ensemble Cast category.
In 2012, she co-starred with Andrew Garfield in the Marvel Comic-based superhero film The Amazing Spider-Man. She played the role of Gwen Stacy, the main character’s love interest. She dyed her hair back to her natural hair color, blonde, for the role. The film was well-received by the critics and it was a huge commercial success. With its budget of $230 million, it grossed over $757.9 million worldwide and became the seventh highest-grossing film of the year. Stone gained received very good reviews for her performance in the film. Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly and Ian Freer of Empire magazine was particularly stunned by her performance. She was nominated for three People’s Choice awards including the Favorite Movie Actress award.
She worked in three different productions in 2013. In the animation film The Croods (2013), she had a voice role and appeared in an anthology film, Movie 43, which had sixteen short stories. She also appeared along with Sean Bean and Ryan Gosling in the crime thriller Gangster Squad (2013). Her performance in this film and her chemistry with Gosling earned her good reviews.
She next reprised her role in the Marvel superhero film sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Critics loved her performance as Gwen Stacy again and gave her a lot of good reviews. An Empire magazine reviewer compared her performance with Heath Ledger’s performance in The Dark Knight (2008), he wrote “Stone is the Heath Ledger of this series, doing something unexpected with an easily dismissed supporting character.” Stone received a Kids’ Choice Award in the Favorite Movie Actress category. Later that year she appeared in a romantic comedy, Magic in the Moonlight (2014), directed by Woody Allen. The film did fine on the box office and received mixed reviews from critics.
In late 2014, she played Sam Thomson in the black comedy film Birdman. This film appeared alongside Edward Norton, Michael Keaton, Zac Galifianakis, Amy Ryan, and more. Birdman was a huge critical success. It received nine Academy Award nominations and won four awards including Best Picture. Stone’s performance also received very good reviews and earned her several awards and nominations; such as an Academy (Oscar) Award nomination, a Golden Globe Award nomination, a BAFTA nomination, a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, and a Critics’ Choice Award win in the Best Supporting Actress category. The Movie Network called it the best performance by Emma Stone so far, and The Daily Telegraph’s Robbie Collin pointed out her performance by saying that she was “like a knitting needle to the gut”.
In 2015, she appeared in two movies; Aloha, a romantic comedy in which she starred alongside Bradley Cooper as an airforce pilot, and Irrational Man, a crime mystery drama in which she co-starred with Joaquin Phoenix as his character’s love interest. Though both of these films were critically and commercially flop films.
Further Success (2016-present)
The filmmaker Damien Chazelle was impressed with her acting skills after watching her in Cabaret, so he cast her in his musical comedy romance drama La La Land (2016). Stone co-starred with Ryan Gosling for the third time in this film. She portrayed a young aspiring actress living in Los Angeles. She recorded six songs for the soundtrack of the film. La La Land premiered at the 2016 Venice Film Festival on 31 August 2016, to critical acclaim for the film and Stone’s performance. She received the Volpi Cup for Best Actress.
The film was a commercial and a critical success. It grossed over $440 million worldwide, against its budget of just $30 million. La La Land (2016) received fourteen Academy Award nominations which is a record for most Oscar nominations for a film. La La Land tied this record with All About Eve (1950), and Titanic (1997). And won six Academy Awards in several categories. It received seven Golden Globe Awards and five British Film Academy Awards including Best Film. Emma Stone won the Academy Award, Golden Globe award, BAFTA award, and Screen Actors Guild award in the Best Actress category.
La La Land (2016) is one of the highest-rated films on online film rating websites. On the review aggregator of Rotten Tomatoes, it has a 91% approval rate, on IMDb, it has a rating of 8/10, and on Metacritic, it holds a 94% rating.
Emma Stone has played the lead role in three successful movies since 2016; such as Battle of Sexes (2017), The Favorite (2018), Zombieland: Double Tap (2019), and The Croods: New Age (2020). Her upcoming movies are; Cruella (2021), Poor Things (2022), Little White Corvette (TBA), and When You Finish Saving the World (TBA).
Amazing Facts about Emma Stone
- Her real name is Emily Jean Stone, she changed her name to Emma Stone when she realized that there was already an actress named Emily Stone while applying for a SAG card.
- She has a low-pitched husky voice, which is the result of having a baby colic, a chronic crying condition.
- Most people think that she is a redhead, but her natural hair color is blonde. She dyed her hair red for her role in the 2007 film Superbad (2007) and has kept it ever since.
- Emma Stone started acting on stage at the age of eleven in the stage productions of Valley Youth Theater.
- She convinced her parents to allow her to move to Los Angeles and pursue an acting career by presenting a PowerPoint presentation, which she named the presentation Project Hollywood.
- Emma Stone turned down the main role in the comedy film 21 Jump Street, as she signed for The Amazing Spider-Man (2014)
- Her parents are very rich, they owned a Camelback Golf Course in Scottsdale Arizona.
- She has two siblings; a younger brother named Spencer Stone.
- She had an asthma attack while filming the 2010 film Easy A, up until then she didn’t know that she had asthma.
- Jennifer Lawrence, Brie Larson, and Jonah Hill are her very good friends.
Best Films/Movies of Emma Stone
|2016||La La Land||Mia Dolan|
|2011||The Help||Eugenia ‘Skeeter’ Phelan|
|2011||Crazy, Stupid, Love||Hannah|
|2010||Easy A||Olive Penderghast|
|2012||The Amazing Spider-Man||Gwen Stacy|