“I'm blessed with a great family and great people around me that would be able to kick my butt if I ever for one minute got lost up in the clouds. I've been really lucky in that sense.” Emma Stone (on staying grounded as her career takes off)
One of Hollywood's new faces, Emma Stone amassed a series of TV credits, including a regular role on the short-lived, Emmy Award nominated series “Drive” (2007) and guest roles in “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” and “Malcolm in the Middle” (both 2006), before making her promising motion picture debut as Jules in the Judd Apatow-produced hit comedy “Superbad” (2007), opposite Jonah Hill and Michael Cera. She next played Amelia and Natalie in Peter Cattaneo's “The Rocker” and Fred Wolf's “The House Bunny” (both 2008), respectively. Moviegoers should not miss her performances in the upcoming movies “The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” (2009), “Paper Man” (2009), “Zombieland” (2009) and “Sucker Punch” (2010).
Stone once ranked No. 12 on the AIM list of “50 Hottest Redheads” and No. 71 in its list of “100 Celebs Under 25.” In 2008, she won a Young Hollywood Award for Exiting New Face.
On a personal note, Emma has been in a relationship with singer, songwriter and actor Teddy Geiger, her costar in “The Rocker.” She is a huge fan of The Beatles and cites Charlie Chaplin's “City Lights” as one of her favorite movies.
Currently, Stone resides in Los Angeles where she shares a room with “Superbad” costar Martha MacIsaac.
Childhood and Family:
Emily Jean Stone was born on November 6, 1988, in Scottsdale, Arizona, to Jeff and Krista Stone who once owned the Camelback Golf Course. She has a younger brother named Spencer. Emma enrolled at Sequoya Elementary School and Cocopah Middle School in Arizona and was home schooled for two years. As for high school, she went to an all-girl Catholic school in Phoenix, the Xavier College Preparatory, but after one semester moved to Hollywood to pursue acting. At the time, Emma was only 15 years old.
The House Bunny
11-year-old Emma Stone began her acting career with the Valley Youth Theatre, a regional theater based in Phoenix, Arizona. After making her debut in a production of “The Wind in the Willows,” she appeared in sixteen more plays and musicals at the Valley Youth Theatre, including “Cinderella,” “The Princess and the Pea,” “A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail,” “Titanic,” “Honk,” “The Wiz,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” and “Schoolhouse Rock Live.” She also performed with an improv comedy troupe before heading to Los Angeles to become a full time actress.
Stone ventured to the small screen after acquiring the role of Laurie Partridge on “In Search of the New Partridge Family,” a talent competition reality show on VHI. The resulting show, “The New Partridge Family” (2005), only generated a pilot episode. She next landed guest spots in such TV series as “Medium” (2005, as Cynthia McCallister), “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” (2006, as Ivana Tipton), “Malcolm in the Middle” (2006, as Diane) and “Lucky Louie” (2006, as Shannon).
In 2007, Stone began the regular role of Violet, John Trimble's
(played by Dylan Baker) daughter, in the Fox drama “Drive,”
which was created by Tim Minear and Ben Queen. Unfortunately, the
series was axed after four episodes. Despite its short life, “Drive”
was nominated for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Special
Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special. Later that same
year, Stone's first feature film, “Superbad,” premiered
in the U.S. and Canada. Directed by Greg Mottola and written by Seth
Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the comedy marked one of a series of hits
produced by Judd Apatow, who had previously produced “The
40-Year-Old Virgin” (2005) and “Talladega Nights”
(2006). In the movie, Stone portrayed Jules, the love interest of
lead character Seth (played by Jonah Hill).
After “Superbad,” Stone's career took flight. The following year, she received the significant role of Amelia in “The Rocker,” a comedic musical from “The Full Monty” director Peter Cattaneo. The film, however, was a box office disappointment. Among her costars in “The Rocker” were Rainn Wilson, Christina Applegate, Teddy Geiger, Josh Gad and Will Arnett. Stone enjoyed bigger success with her next film, “The House Bunny” (2008), starring Anna Faris and Colin Hanks and helmed by Fred Wolf. Opening the same weekend as “The Rocker,” “The House Bunny” debuted at No. 2 at the box office while “The Rocker” only peaked at No. 12.
21-year-old Stone has completed filming “The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” a comedy starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner. Directed by Mark Waters, the movie was released in May 1, 2009. Talking about her role in the movie, she said, “I play the ghost of girlfriends past and it's kind of a romantic comedy spin on ‘The Christmas Carol’ with Matthew McConaughey's character being kind of a scrooge at heart. He spends time with lots of women and doesn't really commit to anyone or let himself fall in love, so I kind of take him back through all his past relationships and we figure out how he ended up the way he is.”
Stone will star with Ryan Reynolds, Lisa Kudrow and Jeff Daniels in the comedy “Paper Man” (2009), directed and written by Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney, and with Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson in the post-apocalyptic, zombie comedy “Zombieland,” which is due to be released in October 2009. Stone is scheduled to play Amber in the upcoming fantasy “Sucker Punch,” from filmmaker Zack Snyder, who had directed “Dawn of the Dead” (2004) and “300” (2007). The film should be released in October of 2010.
“It would be movies, probably. It would be just going to see movies and the entertainment industry. It sounds stupid, but that's pretty much what I do.” Emma Stone (on her latest obsession)
Young Hollywood: Exciting New Face, 2008