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Emily Jean "Emma" Stone (born November 6, 1988)[1] is an American actress. She made her feature film debut in the comedy Superbad (2007). Stone was previously a cast member of the TV series Drive. She appeared in The House Bunny (2008) and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009). She then starred in the horror-comedy Zombieland and the indie comedy Paper Man in 2009. In 2010, Stone voiced the character Mazie in Marmaduke, and stars in the high school comedy Easy A.

Stone's upcoming films include the Steve Carell-comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love, an adaptation of the Kathryn Stockett bestselling novel, The Help, and a role in the comedy Friends With Benefits. She will voice a character in the DreamWorks Animation comedy The Croods, and will play Gwen Stacy in a reboot of the Spider-Man film series.[2]

Early life

Stone was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, the daughter of Jeff Stone, a contractor, and Krista Stone, a homemaker.[3] She has a brother who is younger by two years.[4] She was a member of the Valley Youth Theatre while growing up, a regional theater in Phoenix, Arizona, where she appeared in her first stage production, The Wind in the Willows, at the age of 11.[5] Stone attended Sequoya Elementary School and then Cocopah Middle School for sixth grade. She was home schooled for two years, at which time she appeared in 16 productions at Valley Youth Theatre, including: A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail, The Princess and the Pea, Cinderella, The Wiz, Titanic, Honk!, The Little Mermaid, Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Alice in Wonderland, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,[5][6] and performed with the theater's improv comedy troupe.[7]

Stone attended Xavier College Preparatory,[5] an all-girl Catholic high school, as a freshman for one semester.[8] She gave a PowerPoint presentation to her parents, set to the Madonna song "Hollywood", to convince them to let her move to California for an acting career.[8][9] She dropped out of high school, and in January 2004, moved with her mother to a Los Angeles apartment, at the age of fifteen.[10] She was then home schooled, so that she could audition during the day.[11]

Career

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Stone launched a career in television after winning the role of Laurie Partridge on In Search of the New Partridge Family (2004), a VH1 talent competition reality show.[12] The resulting show, The New Partridge Family (2005), only produced a pilot episode. Stone next had appearances in the television series Medium, Malcolm in the Middle and Lucky Louie. In 2007, she had a regular role on the Fox drama Drive, playing Violet Trimble, until the series was cancelled.[8]

Stone made her feature film debut in the 2007 teen comedy Superbad, playing Jules, the love interest of lead character Seth (Jonah Hill). In 2008, she appeared in the comedy The Rocker, with Rainn Wilson.[13] Stone played Amelia, the bassist in a band featuring singer Teddy Geiger. Stone learned to play bass for the role.[14] Also that year, Stone appeared in The House Bunny, starring Anna Faris, alongside Katharine McPhee, Kat Dennings, Rumer Willis, and Colin Hanks.[15] Stone played the president of a sorority and sang on a single from the film, "I Know What Boys Like", a cover version of the 1982 song by The Waitresses.[16]

In 2009, Stone appeared in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, a romantic comedy directed by Mark Waters, the director of Mean Girls (2004), starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner.[17] Stone played "The Ghost of Girlfriends Past", a takeoff of the Ghost of Christmas Past from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. She starred in the horror/comedy Zombieland, along with Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg. The project, her third comedy for Columbia Pictures, began shooting in Atlanta in February 2009.[18] Stone played Wichita, a survivor/con artist from Wichita, Kansas, traveling across the U.S. with her younger sister Little Rock (Abigail Breslin).[19]

Stone starred in Paper Man, alongside Jeff Daniels, Ryan Reynolds and Lisa Kudrow, directed by Kieran and Michele Mulroney.[20] In the film, a middle-aged novelist, Richard (Jeff Daniels), has an imaginary friend named Captain Excellent (Ryan Reynolds) and also suffers from writer’s block. Stone plays Abby, a babysitter Richard hires after moving to Long Island.[21] Stone began filming the independent comedy on Veterans Day, November 11, 2008, in Montauk, New York, using well-known local locations.[22]

Stone had a voice role in Marmaduke in 2010, a film adaptation of the long running comic strip about a Great Dane.[23] She voiced Marmaduke’s friend, Mazie, an Australian Shepherd who is a bit of a tomboy.[24] Stone landed her first leading role starring as a high school student in Easy A with Amanda Bynes, a comedy directed by Will Gluck.[25] Her character divides the strictly moral students and teachers against the liberals in her school after a false rumor circulates that she's sexually promiscuous.[26] The script contrasts the novel The Scarlet Letter and its heroine, Hester Prynne, to the life of the protagonist in the film.[27]

Stone will star in Crazy, Stupid, Love, alongside Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling and Marisa Tomei. The Warner Bros. film, about a husband (Steve Carell) with marital problems and difficulties with his children, began shooting on April 16, 2010 in Los Angeles.[28] Stone will also star in an adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel The Help, a period piece set in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s. She plays Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan, an aspiring writer, and plans to employ a Southern dialect for the role.[21]

Stone joined the voice cast of The Croods, a 3D computer animated caveman comedy by DreamWorks Animation. She will voice the role of Eep, the oldest daughter of Grug (Nicolas Cage) and Ugga (Catherine Keener). Ryan Reynolds voices Gy, the love interest to Stone's character. The film is scheduled for release on March 30, 2012.[29] She also joined the cast of Friends With Benefits, starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, and directed by Will Gluck. The relationship comedy began filming in July 2010 in New York.[30]

Stone stated in 2008 that she would eventually like to venture into film production, producing her own films, and that her dream was to appear on Saturday Night Live.[15] Stone confirmed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon that she will host the late-night sketch comedy show on October 23, 2010.[31] Stone will play the role of Gwen Stacy in a reboot of the Spider-Man film series by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Entertainment. A release date of July 3, 2012 has been set for the Marc Webb-directed film, which will go into production in late 2010.[32] She is being considered for the lead in a reboot of 21 Jump Street, alongside Superbad co-star Jonah Hill.[33] Stone will also appear in an as-yet untitled comedic anthology film, featuring Kate Winslet and Gerard Butler.[3]

Stone also appeared at and introduced Linkin Park at the 2010 MTV VMAs on Sept. 12, 2010.[34]

Personal life

Stone was living on her own in Los Angeles in 2007.[5] She moved to Greenwich Village, New York City in 2009.[9] Stone has stated that she "was really into HTML and web design" when she was younger.[8] Stone was romantically linked to singer-songwriter and actor Teddy Geiger, her co-star in The Rocker, at the time the film was being promoted in July 2008.[35]

Although known as a redhead, Stone is naturally a blonde. She landed her first role as a teenager after dying her hair dark brown.[3] Film producer Judd Apatow had her change from a brunette to a redhead for her role in Superbad.[7] Stone is close friends with country-pop singer Taylor Swift.[36]

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2005 The New Partridge Family Laurie Partridge Television pilot
2005 Medium Cynthia McCallister
2006 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Ivana (voice)
2006 Malcolm in the Middle Diane
2006 Lucky Louie Shannon
2007 Drive Violet Trimble 4 episodes
2007 Superbad Jules
2008 The Rocker Amelia
2008 The House Bunny Natalie
2009 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Allison Vandermeersh
2009 Paper Man Abby
2009 Zombieland Wichita (Krista)
2010 Marmaduke Mazie (voice)
2010 Easy A Olive Penderghast
2011 Friends with Benefits
2011 The Help Eugenia Phelan (Skeeter)
2012 The Croods Eep (voice)

Awards

Year Ceremony Category Nominated work Result
2008 Young Hollywood Awards Exciting New Face[37] Superbad Won
2009 Detroit Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Zombieland Nominated
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Comedy Zombieland Nominated
2010 Scream Awards Best Horror Actress Zombieland Nominated

Rankings

Year Title Rank
2008 Moviefone's 25 hottest actors under 25[38] #14
2008 Saturday Night Magazine's Top 20 Rising Stars Under 30[39] #1
2009 AskMen.com's Top 99 Women[40] #93
2009 FHM's 100 sexiest women in the world (US)[41] #93
2009 Maxim's Hot List[42] #66
2010 AskMen.com's Top 99 Women[43] #39
2010 Maxim's Hot List #49
2010 LoveFilm.com's Top 20 Actresses Under 30 #18

Discography

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