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Emma Stone Bio
Emma Stone (born November 6, 1988) chose “Emma Stone” as her stage name because there was already a listing for an “Emily Stone” when she registered for the Screen Actors Guild. But her family and friends call her Emily. She first chose “Riley Stone” as her stage name, but after guest-starring on Malcolm in the Middle, she decided that she was more comfortable with “Emma”, a nickname that her mother had given her.
Stone made her television debut as Laurie Partridge on the VH1 talent competition reality show In Search of the New Partridge Family (2004). The resulting show, retitled The New Partridge Family (2005), only produced an unsold pilot. Afterwards, Stone guest-starred in a number of television series including Medium, Malcolm in the Middle and Lucky Louie. She auditioned to star as Claire Bennet in the NBC science fiction drama Heroes and overheard in the casting room “On a scale of 1 to 10, you are an 11” – but the casting directors were referring to Hayden Panettiere, who was cast instead. Stone called this experience “rock bottom”. In April 2007, she went on to star as Violet Trimble in the Fox action drama Drive created by Tim Minear and Ben Queen, but the show was canceled after seven episodes.
Stone made her feature film debut in the comedy Superbad (2007) with Michael Cera and Jonah Hill, directed by Greg Mottola where she played Jules, who becomes the home economics partner of Seth (Hill). The following year, she co-starred with Rainn Wilson, Christina Applegate and Teddy Geiger in the comedy The Rocker (2008), directed by Peter Cattaneo, where she played Amelia Stone, the bass guitarist in a band featuring Geiger. She learned to play bass for the role. Later that year, Stone co-starred with Anna Faris, Colin Hanks and Kat Dennings in the romantic comedy The House Bunny, directed by Fred Wolf where she played Natalie, the president of a sorority and performed a cover version of The Waitresses‘ 1982 song “I Know What Boys Like” in the film.
Stone co-starred with Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Michael Douglas in the romantic comedy Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009), a takeoff of Charles Dickens‘ 1843 novella A Christmas Carol, directed by Mark Waters, where she played Allison Vandermeersh, “The Ghost of Girlfriends Past”, who haunts Conor Mead (McConaughey), a womanizing photographer who does not believe in true love. She co-starred with Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Abigail Breslin in the horror comedy Zombieland directed by Ruben Fleischer, where she played Wichita, a survivor and con artist from Wichita, Kansas, traveling across the U.S. with her younger sister Little Rock (Breslin). Eventually, she reveals that her real name is “Krista”, which is coincidentally the name of Stone’s real life mother. The film began shooting in Atlanta in February 2009 and was released on October 2, 2009 by Columbia Pictures.
Later that year, Stone co-starred with Jeff Daniels, Ryan Reynolds and Lisa Kudrow in Kieran and Michelle Mulroney’s comedy-drama Paper Man (2009), where she played Abby, a babysitter that Richard Dunn (Daniels) hires after moving to Long Island. Stone began filming her scenes on November 11, 2008, in Montauk, New York, using well-known local locations. The film was released on June 15, 2009 by the MPI Media Group.
Stone co-starred with Owen Wilson in the comedy Marmaduke (2010) directed by Tom Dey, a live-action adaptation of Brad Anderson‘s long-running comic strip of the same name, where she voiced Mazie, a tomboyish Australian Shepherd and a friend of Marmaduke (voiced by Wilson). The same year, Stone made her leading debut in the comedy Easy A directed by Will Gluck, where she played Olive Penderghast, a high school student who scandalizes her teachers and in particular, her more conservatively religious classmates after a false rumor circulates that she is sexually promiscuous. The script was written by Bert V. Royal and contrasts Nathaniel Hawthorne‘s 1850 historical romance novel The Scarlet Letter and Hester Prynne, the protagonist to the life of Prynne in the film versions. 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. About what attracted her to the script, she said, “It’s so different and unique from anything I’d read before.” And that it was “funny and sweet”. When Stone discovered 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 with Gluck again to be one of the first actresses to audition. The film was shot in Ojai, California, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2010 and was released on September 17, 2010 by Screen Gems. 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 hope to venture into film production, producing her own films and that her dream was to appear on the NBC late-night sketch comedy Saturday Night Live. Stone hosted the show on October 23, 2010, and again on November 12, 2011.
Stone collaborated with Will Gluck again and cameoed in Gluck’s sex comedy Friends with Benefits where she played Kayla, who breaks up with Dylan Harper (Justin Timberlake). The film began shooting in July 2010, in Los Angeles and New York City, and was released on July 22, 2011 by Screen Gems. Later that year, Stone co-starred with Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling in the Warner Bros. romantic comedy-drama Crazy, Stupid, Love, directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa where she played Hannah Weaver, a law school graduate. The film began shooting on April 16, 2010 in Los Angeles and was released on July 29, 2011. Stone co-starred with Viola Davis in Tate Taylor‘s drama The Help from Touchstone Pictures and DreamWorks Studios, based on Kathryn Stockett‘s 2009 novel of the same name and set in 1960s Jackson, Mississippi, where she played Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, an aspiring writer learning about the lives of the African-American maids. She used a Southern dialect for the role.
Stone co-starred with Andrew Garfield in the Columbia Pictures and Marvel Entertainment superhero film The Amazing Spider-Man directed by Marc Webb, and is a reboot of the Spider-Man film series, where she played Gwen Stacy, the seventeen-year-old classmate and the love interest of Peter Parker (Garfield). The film went into production in New York City and Los Angeles in December 2010 and commenced in April 2011. Stone was considered to co-star in the action comedy 21 Jump Street, a reboot of the Fox police drama, with her Superbad co-star Jonah Hill, but she turned the role down, after signing on to The Amazing Spider-Man, which was released on July 3, 2012.
Stone co-starred with Nicolas Cage, Catherine Keener and Ryan Reynolds in Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders‘ 3-D computer animated caveman comedy The Croods from DreamWorks, where she voiced Eep, the oldest daughter of Grug (voiced by Cage) and Ugga (voiced by Keener), with Eep’s love interest, Guy (voiced by Reynolds). The film was released on March 22, 2013. She co-starred with Kieran Culkin as the title role in the comedic short film Veronica directed by Griffin Dunne. and is one of sixteen segments of the Relativity anthology film Movie 43. The feature film was produced by the Farrelly brothers.
Stone co-starred with Ryan Gosling again and Sean Penn in the Warner Bros. crime thriller Gangster Squad, directed by Ruben Fleischer and based on a true story set in 1940s Los Angeles, where she played Grace Faraday, who enters a love triangle with LAPD Sgt. Jerry Wooters (Gosling) and mob boss Mickey Cohen (Penn). The film was released on January 11, 2013 in North America.
In 2010, Stone signed on for her third film collaboration with writer and director Will Gluck, starring in and executive producing a comedy for Screen Gems. The film studio has given Stone and Gluck full discretion in developing a new project, after the success of Easy A, their first film collaboration. In 2012, Stone signed on to star in and executive produce Michael Diliberti’s comedy Little White Corvette for GK Films. Since February of that year, she has been one of the faces for Revlon cosmetics, in both print and television ads.
In mid-2012, Stone voiced Amanda Cartwright in the crime-based video game, Sleeping Dogs. In 2013, Stone reprised her role of Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which was released on May 2, 2014. Stone’s performance was well received by critics. Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post mentioned that “Stone […] once again delivers a winning and mostly believable performance as the smart, self-possessed Gwen.”
In 2013, Stone signed on to co-star in Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s black comedy-drama Birdman with Michael Keaton and Edward Norton. She played Sam Thomson, the recovering-addict daughter of actor Riggan Thomson (Keaton), who becomes his assistant. The film began principal photography in New York City in mid-April 2013 and was released on October 17, 2014 by Fox Searchlight Pictures and received critical acclaim, especially Stone, Keaton and Norton’s performances. Stone received numerous accolades for her role, including nominations for the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and Critics’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress. In June 2013, she dropped out of Guillermo del Toro‘s horror film Crimson Peak and was replaced by Mia Wasikowska. In May 2013, it was announced that Stone had signed on to co-star in Woody Allen‘s romantic comedy Magic in the Moonlight with Colin Firth, set in the 1920s, shot on the French Riviera. She played Sophie Baker, a psychic whom Stanley Crawford (Firth), a magician is asked to expose as a fraud. The film was released on July 25, 2014 by Sony Pictures Classics.
The following year, Stone co-starred with Bradley Cooper in Cameron Crowe‘s romantic comedy-drama Aloha for Columbia Pictures. She played Allison Ng, an Air Force pilot assigned to defense contractor Brian Gilcrest (Cooper) to oversee the launch of a weapons satellite. Aloha was filmed in Hawaii from September to December 2013 and the film was released on May 29, 2015.
In May 2014, it was announced that Stone had signed on to collaborate with Woody Allen again and co-star in Allen’s mystery drama Irrational Man with Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey and Jamie Blackley. She played Jill Pollard, a student and a love interest of philosophy professor Abe Lucas (Phoenix). The film shot from July to August 2014 in Newport, Rhode Island and was released on July 17, 2015 by Sony Pictures Classics. In August of the same year, it was announced by the Roundabout Theater Company that Stone had signed on to make her Broadway debut with Alan Cumming in the revival of the musical Cabaret as Sally Bowles, taking over the role from Michelle Williams. Her performance ran from November 11, 2014 to February 15, 2015.
Stone will co-star with Ryan Gosling in their third film together in Damien Chazelle‘s musical comedy-drama La La Land. Stone plays Mia, an actress and love interest of jazz pianist Sebastian (Gosling). The film began shooting in Los Angeles on August 10, 2015 and is scheduled for release on July 15, 2016.