Stone began acting as a child as a member of the Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, where she made her stage debut in a production of Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in the Willows". She appeared in many more productions through her early teens until, at the age of 15, she decided that she wanted to make acting her career.
The official story is that she made a PowerPoint presentation, backed by Madonna's "Hollywood" and itself entitled "Project Hollywood", in an attempt to persuade her parents to allow her to drop out of school and move to Los Angeles. The pitch was successful and she and her mother moved to LA with her schooling completed at home while she spent her days auditioning.
She had her TV breakthrough when she won the part of Laurie Partridge in the VH1 talent/reality show "In Search of the Partridge Family" (2004) which led to a number of small TV roles in the following years.
Her movie debut was as Jules in Superbad (2007) and, after a string of successful performances, her leading role as Olive in Easy A (2010) established her as a star.
Distinct, low-pitched, husky voice.
Attended Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix, Arizona.
Although she's known as a redhead, her natural hair color is blonde. It was Judd Apatow who suggested she change her hair color for Superbad (2007) and she liked it so much that she decided to keep it.
She convinced her parents to let her move to Hollywood when she was fifteen by making a PowerPoint presentation aptly titled, Project Hollywood.
She got her start in acting at eleven years old at the Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, where she starred in over sixteen stage productions as well as performing the the theatre's comedy improv troupe.
Was ranked #93 in Ask Men's Top 99 Women of 2009.
Was ranked #66 in Maxim magazine's Hot 100 of 2009 list.
Was ranked #93 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World (2009).
She is of Swedish descent.
Was considered one of the 55 faces of the future by Nylon Magazine Young Hollywood Issue.
Was ranked #49 in Maxim magazine's Hot 100 of 2010 list.
Her parents owned the Camelback Golf Course in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Her middle name, Jean, was her grandmother's first name.
Her father Jeff is a contractor and her mother Krista is a homemaker.
Her family's surname was anglicized to "Stone" when immigrating to the United States through Ellis Island.
Has a younger brother named Spencer.
Was ranked #42 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2011 list.
Her mother is a breast cancer survivor.
Ranked #38 in the 2011 FHM Australia list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World".
She didn't know she had asthma until she had an asthma attack while filming Easy A (2010).
Started to use "Emma" as her professional name, because there was already an "Emily Stone" when she applied for her SAG card.
When she was age 7, she fell off the parallel bars in gymnastics and broke both her arms.
Voted #6 on Ask Men's top 99 'most desirable' women of 2012.
Named as having the "Sexiest sense of humour" by Victoria's Secret What Is Sexy list (2012).
In a relationship with actor Andrew Garfield since 2011.
Ranked #5 on Askmen's list of the top 99 "most desirable" women for 2013.
Is good friends with Jennifer Lawrence.
Was considered for the lead female role in "21 Jump Street", but due to scheduling conflicts with "The Amazing Spider-Man", she had to drop out.
[on shooting Superbad (2007)] It's incredible, it's been really fun and really funny and I can't stop breaking character which is getting me in trouble sometimes but it's alright, ya know...I just keep laughing.
I've got a great family and great people around me that would be able to kick me in the shins if I ever for one minute got lost up in the clouds. I've been really lucky in that sense.
Haven't had to fight off any Seth characters. And I'm not fighting him off. It's a situation where I really do like him. I just don't want our first kiss to happen in that situation. But, no, I've never really had that experience. Of someone coming on to me being out of their mind drunk. I'm the lucky one, maybe.
[on it being difficult for women to get into comedy] - There really aren't many parts. It's an unfortunate thing and something I hope will change, but never has, and who knows if it will? I think "Saturday Night Live" (1975), starting in the 1970s, really gave women an outlet to be funny. A lot of those women went on to have film careers, from Kristen Wiig now to Tina Fey and Gilda Radner. Nowadays it seems like the real goldmine is in creating your own characters and teaming with a good writer, but its not easy. It's a scary thing for a woman to put yourself out there and look like an idiot. Look at Lucille Ball. She said, 'I'm not funny. What I am is brave'. The comediennes I admire are the bravest people who aren't afraid to look ridiculous. Maybe that's a harder notion for women - the fear of not looking their best.
I realize I have a lot of amazing opportunities, but I don't know how you can play a human being going through real human experiences without being able to walk down the street. If you can't live a real life, how do you play a real person? It always confuses me when actors work back-to-back-to-back with no break. If you live your life on a film set, how the hell can you relate to real people? You don't know what its like to not have people fussing over you all day, and that's not life - that's silly movies. I will always want to take breaks and I wouldn't be OK with losing that.
[on her hair for her role in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)] I have blonde hair now since Gwen (Stacy) has blonde hair. My hair is naturally blonde, so it's kind of nice. I look in the mirror and say, "Oh my God, it's me again, it's been so long!"
The truth is I am naturally blonde anyway. Everyone thinks I'm a redhead but that's just dyed. I'm actually enjoying being a blonde again. It's been a while.
Blondes do have more fun. But sometimes I look in the mirror and still feel like I'm wearing a wig.
Y'know when you think 'I can't do something because this or this or this.' You can actually do anything you want, like I could ballistic right now and tear this whole room apart, I could but i'm not going to because logic is stopping me but you can do whatever you want. You really can veer off any path at any time. Never give up!
I was a stepsister in a local production of "Cinderella". I had crazy red hair in a cone shape and lots of blue eye shadow. I had braces at the time, so whenever I smiled it was all red lipstick on my teeth, which was really attractive. After that I did a play called "Noises Off", and when that was over I thought, I really want to be in movies. So I asked my parents and eventually they said yes.
[on beauty] Confidence is the only key. I know a lot of people who aren't traditionally 'beautiful' - not symmetrical or perfect-bodied or perfect-skinned. But none of that matters because all that shines through is their confidence, humor and comfort with themselves. I can't think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.
[on Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)] First of all, do you know how rare it is that you read an original script - a story that isn't a sequel, prequel, threequel? But this movie covers all of these different kind of relationships, and it looks at them in original ways. How unusual is it that you see a story in which a woman cheats on her husband but you also root for them to get back together?
[on performing flying-stunt sequences in 'The Amazing Spider-Man']I will say this about wirework. It's like the difference between roller coaster and bungee jump. I'm fine in a roller coaster. but put me in a bungee thing where they shoot you up and you freefall? I don't like that. It's fine if there's a track and some kind of harness, but I get really freaked-out if it's in any way a freefall.
We went to Coronado every summer, so I always think of driving over that bridge from San Diego, and then walking down that little strip on the main street, going cosmic bowling at midnight, eating at this 24-hour diner at 3 a.m. - that's summer to me. We'd just hang out on the beach and walk around and go to Hotel Del Coronado, and learn about the ghost of the Hotel Del.
There's this Ryan Gosling quote that I steal all the time - I watched an interview with him in Cannes - and he said picking roles is like listening to songs on the radio: There can be a lot of really great songs in a row, but then one comes on that just makes you want to dance.
My instincts seem to come from a different place - they feel headier to me, and I get the wrong scent and go off on these whims.
I learned to play the bass for The Rocker (2008). They sent over a bass coach the night I got the role, so I had to get into it right away and get calluses as quickly as possible. So I can play all the songs in the movie, but that's pretty much where the line ends. I bought a Fender Mustang bass, a really nice off-white, ivory bass, when I got home. I have not touched it since. And I need to. It's in my house, it's sitting there waiting. You know what? After this conversation, I'm going to go play some bass. That's what's going to happen.
[on providing a voice for Eep in 'The Croods'] I'm a cave girl, yeah! So I got to go nuts, which was great. I like not to reel it in and when you're a cartoon you can act as crazy as you want.
I'm a big fan of Lauren Bacall. Maybe because everyone was smoking more heavily then, but that raspy, throaty quality seems to be much more prevalent in those '40s movies. Mine was from colic when I was a baby.
(January 2011) Filming The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) in Los Angeles, California, USA.
(June 2013) New York, NY, USA: Unexpectedly announced that she has decided to pull out of her planned co-starring role with Alan Cumming--and forgo her Broadway debut--in the 2014 revival production of the musical 'Cabaret'.
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