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Stone was a cast member of the TV series Drive, and made her feature film debut in the comedy Superbad (2007). 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 starred in the high school comedy Easy A, which earned her a nomination for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy. In 2011, she starred in the films Crazy, Stupid, Love. and The Help, both of which were well received by critics and commercial successes. Stone played Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), a reboot of the Spider-Man film series.
Stone was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, the daughter of Krista (née Yeager), a homemaker, and Jeff Stone, a contractor. She has a brother, who is two years younger. Stone's paternal grandfather was of Swedish descent, and his family's surname was anglicized to "Stone" when immigrating to the U.S. through Ellis Island; some of her ancestors also lived in Pennsylvania Dutch Country.
While growing up, she was a member of the Valley Youth Theatre, a regional theater in Phoenix, Arizona, where she appeared in her first stage production, The Wind in the Willows, at the age of 11. Stone attended Sequoya Elementary School and then Cocopah Middle School for sixth grade. She was home schooled for two years, during 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, and performed with the theater's improv comedy troupe.
Stone attended Xavier College Preparatory, an all-girl Catholic high school, as a freshman for one semester. 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. She dropped out of high school, and in January 2004, moved with her mother to a Los Angeles apartment, at the age of 15. She was then home schooled, so that she could audition during the day.
Stone at the Zombieland world premiere, 2009Stone 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. 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. She also auditioned for Heroes, and overheard in the casting room "On a scale of 1 to 10, you are an 11" — the casting directors were referring to Hayden Panettiere, who was cast as Claire Bennet instead. Stone called this experience "rock bottom."
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. Stone played Amelia, the bass guitarist in a band featuring singer Teddy Geiger. Stone learned to play bass for the role. Also that year, Stone appeared in The House Bunny, starring Anna Faris, alongside Katharine McPhee, Kat Dennings, Rumer Willis, and Colin Hanks. 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.
In 2009, Stone appeared in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, a romantic comedy directed by Mark Waters, the director of Mean Girls, starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner. 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 began shooting in Atlanta in February 2009. Stone played Wichita, a survivor/con artist from Wichita, Kansas, traveling across the U.S. with her younger sister Little Rock (Abigail Breslin). Stone also starred in Paper Man in 2009, alongside Jeff Daniels, Ryan Reynolds and Lisa Kudrow, directed by Kieran and Michele Mulroney. She played Abby, a babysitter that Daniels' character hires after moving to Long Island. Stone began filming the independent comedy on November 11, 2008, in Montauk, New York, using well-known local locations. Stone at the 2011 Deauville American Film FestivalIn 2010, Stone had a voice role in Marmaduke, a film adaptation of the long-running comic strip about a Great Dane. She voiced Marmaduke's friend, Mazie, a tomboyish Australian Shepherd. Stone landed her first leading role that year, starring with Amanda Bynes as a high school student in Easy A, a comedy directed by Will Gluck. Her character scandalizes her teachers and more conservative religious classmates after a false rumor circulates that she is sexually promiscuous. The script contrasts the novel The Scarlet Letter and its heroine, Hester Prynne, to the life of the protagonist in the film. Stone read the script before the project was optioned for production, and kept an eye on it along with her manager until preparations were made. She was attracted to the script because it was "funny and sweet" and her character was "fantastic from the first read" who was "fleshed [..] out so much in the script". When she found out that the film had gone into production, she met with Gluck to express her enthusiasm about the project. A few months later, the audition process started and Stone met again with Gluck to be one of the first actresses to audition. Stone was nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her role.
Stone appeared at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on September 12, 2010, and introduced Linkin Park. She 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. Stone hosted the late-night sketch comedy show on October 23, 2010, and again on November 12, 2011.
Stone appeared in Friends with Benefits, starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, and directed by Will Gluck. The sex comedy began filming in July 2010, in New York, and was released on July 22, 2011. She also starred in Crazy, Stupid, Love. that year, alongside Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling and Marisa Tomei. The Warner Bros. film, about a husband (Carell) with marital problems and difficulties with his children, began shooting on April 16, 2010, in Los Angeles and was released on July 29, 2011. Stone starred in The Help, an adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel of the same name, a period piece set in Jackson, Mississippi, in the 1960s, which was released in August 2011. She plays Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan, an aspiring writer, and employed a Southern dialect for the role.
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 22, 2013.
She stars in the comedic short film, "Veronica," alongside Kieran Culkin, directed by Griffin Dunne. The short is a comedy segment that is part of the anthology film, Movie 43, featuring Kate Winslet, Gerard Butler, Hugh Jackman, Uma Thurman, Halle Berry, and others. The feature-film was produced by the Farrelly brothers and directed by Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill and Steve Carr.
Stone starred as the female lead in The Amazing Spider-Man, a reboot by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Entertainment, of the Spider-Man film series. She played Gwen Stacy, the 17-year-old love interest of Peter Parker. Marc Webb directed the film, which was released on July 3, 2012. The film went into production in December 2010, lasting through April 2011. Stone was considered for the lead in a reboot of 21 Jump Street, alongside Superbad co-star Jonah Hill. She did not take the role however, after signing on to Spider-Man.
Stone joined the cast of Gangster Squad, a film by Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer. She will again play opposite Ryan Gosling in the ensemble crime drama, which also stars Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi and Michael Peña. Stone plays Grace, a femme fatale caught in a love triangle with Gosling and Penn's character, mobster Mickey Cohen. The film is due for release on January 11, 2013 in North America.
Stone will again work with writer/director Will Gluck, starring in and executive producing an untitled comedy for Screen Gems. The film studio has given Gluck and Stone full discretion in developing a new project, after the success of Easy A. She will star and executive produce Little White Corvette, a comedy about a pair of would-be drug dealing siblings, written by Michael Diliberti. Stone will film the project in Miami in mid 2012. Stone voiced a supporting role in the crime-based video game, Sleeping Dogs.
Although predominantly known as a redhead, Stone is naturally a blonde. She landed her first role as a teenager after dyeing her hair dark brown. Film producer Judd Apatow had her change from a brunette to a redhead for her role in Superbad. She returned to blonde for her role in The Amazing Spider-Man.
Stone's low-pitched husky voice is a result of having baby colic, a condition of constant screaming as an infant, resulting in the development of nodules. She has calluses on her vocal cords as an adult.
Stone chose the name "Emma" when she registered for the Screen Actors Guild as the name "Emily Stone" was already taken. Her family and friends call her Emily. She first chose Riley Stone as her professional name, but after a guest appearance on Malcolm in the Middle, she decided she was more comfortable with Emma, a nickname her mother had given her.
|2008||The House Bunny||Natalie|
|2009||Ghosts of Girlfriends Past||Allison Vandermeersh|
|2010||Easy A||Olive Penderghast|
|2011||Friends with Benefits||Kayla|
|2011||Crazy, Stupid, Love.||Hannah Weaver|
|2011||The Help||Eugenia Phelan (Skeeter)|
|2012||The Amazing Spider-Man||Gwen Stacy|
|2013||Gangster Squad||Grace Faraday||Post-production|
|2013||Movie 43||Ellen Malloy||Post-production|
|2005||The New Partridge Family||Laurie Partridge||1 episode ("Pilot")|
|2005||Medium||Cynthia McCallister||1 episode ("Sweet Dreams")|
|2006||The Suite Life of Zack & Cody||Ivana||Voice|
1 episode ("Crushed")
|2006||Malcolm in the Middle||Diane||1 episode ("Lois Strikes Back")|
|2006||Lucky Louie||Shannon||1 episode ("Get Out")|
|2007||Drive||Violet Trimble||7 episodes ("Pilot", "The Starting Line", "Partners", "Let the Games Begin", "No Turning Back", "The Extra Mile", and "Rearview")|
|2010–2011||Saturday Night Live||Host/Various|
("Emma Stone/Kings of Leon"
Lois Lane/Shosanna Dreyfus
("No Country for Old Dogs"
"Catch Me If You Kangaroo Jack")
|2012||30 Rock||Herself||1 episode ("The Ballad of Kenneth Parcell")|
|2012||Sleeping Dogs||Amanda Cartwright||Voice|
|Year||Award||Film||Result||Source||2008||Young Hollywood Awards Exciting New Face||Superbad||Won|||
|2009||Detroit Film Critics Society Best Ensemble||Zombieland||Nominated|||
|2010||Scream Awards Best Ensemble||Zombieland||Won|||
|2010||Scream Awards Best Horror Actress||Zombieland||Nominated|||
|2010||Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Comedy||Zombieland||Nominated|||
|2011||BAFTA Rising Star Award||N/A||Nominated|||
|2011||Black Film Critics Circle Award for Best Ensemble||The Help||Won|||
|2011||Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble||The Help||Nominated|||
|2011||Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy||Easy A||Nominated|||
|2011||Hollywood Film Festival Ensemble Acting Award||The Help||Won|||
|2011||MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance||Easy A||Won|||
|2011||MTV Movie Award Best Line from a Movie||Easy A||Nominated|||
|2011||MTV Movie Award for Best Performance||Easy A||Nominated|||
|2011||NewNowNext Awards Brink of Fame||N/A||Nominated|||
|2011||San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble||The Help||Nominated|||
|2011||Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture||The Help||Won|||
|2011||Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble||The Help||Won|||
|2011||Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Romantic Comedy||Easy A||Won|||
|2011||The Comedy Awards Best Comedy Actress – Film||Easy A||Nominated|||
|2011||The Comedy Awards Breakthrough Performer||N/A||Nominated|||
|2011||Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble||The Help||Nominated|||
|2011||Women Film Critics Circle Award for Best Ensemble||The Help||Won|||
|2012||Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Ensemble||The Help||Nominated|||
|2012||Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast||The Help||Won|||
|2012||Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble||The Help||Nominated|||
|2012||MTV Movie Award for Best Cast||The Help||Nominated|||
|2012||MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss||Crazy, Stupid, Love.||Nominated|||
|2012||MTV Movie Award for Best Performance||Crazy, Stupid, Love.||Nominated|||
|2012||MTV Movie Award for Trailblazer||N/A||Won|||
|2012||NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture||The Help||Nominated|||
|2012||National Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble||The Help||Won|||
|2012||People's Choice Award Favorite Comedic Movie Actress||Crazy, Stupid, Love.||Won|||
|2012||People's Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actress (jointly with Crazy, Stupid, Love.)||The Help||Won|||
|2012||Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||The Help||Won|||
|2012||The Comedy Awards for Best Comedy Actress – Film||Crazy, Stupid, Love.||Nominated|||
|2012||Teen Choice Award for Choice Female Movie Star of the Summer||The Amazing Spider-Man||Nominated|||
|2012||Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Comedy||Crazy, Stupid, Love.||Won|||
|2012||Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Drama||The Help||Won|||
|2012||Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Liplock||Crazy, Stupid, Love.||Nominated|||
- Katharine McPhee – "I Know What Boys Like" (2008), RCA – iTunes Store single with Emma Stone and Rumer Willis from The House Bunny, a cover version of the 1982 single by The Waitresses