Talented actress Emma Stone was born in Scottsdale, Arizona. She caught the acting bug at a young age. “From the time I was four I just knew that I wanted to act,” Emma told the Chicago Sun-Times. She performed in local theater, and by high school convinced her parents that she needed to move to Los Angeles.
“When I was 12 and wanted to be home-schooled so I could do more theater, I made a foam board presentation and that worked out,” she told People. “So a few years later when I wanted to move to L.A., I figured, presentation time again! And it worked. I’m very grateful to Power Point.”
Auditioning was tough going in L.A., but Emma landed on the VH1 reality show In Search of the New Partridge Family before scoring the role of Jules in 2007’s Superbad. The role led to more films including The Rocker, The House Bunny, and Zombieland, where her quirkiness, as well as her big eyes and deep voice, got her attention.
“I always think of her as a young Lauren Bacall,” Zombieland co-star Woody Harrelson told Vanity Fair. “She’s got a voice 40 years older than she is. When God put the person together, He got the wrong voice.”
Emma earned top marks in her first lead role as a teen who lies about losing her virginity in Olive Penderghast’s 2010 comedy Easy A, earning a Golden Globe nomination and a spot on the cover of Vanity Fair’s Young Hollywood issue. She went on to star in a number of successful movies including The Help, The Amazing Spider-Man (1 and 2), Crazy, Stupid, Love, Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight, and the award-winning Birdman.
“Working with Emma was like diving into a thrilling, twisting river and never holding on to the sides. From the start. To the end. Spontaneous. In the moment. Present. Terrifying. Vital. The only way acting with someone should be,” The Amazing Spider-Man costar Andrew Garfield told Vogue.
In 2014 Emma also made her Broadway debut, playing Sally Bowles in Cabaret.
When not working, she likes hanging out in her New York apartment, walking her dachshund, shopping for food, and baking. “The thing that sums her up for me is she wants to be a baker,” Garfield told Vanity Fair.
While she is a big star, it’s one role Emma hasn’t quite gotten used to. “The concept of movie star is something that you can never wrap your head around,” Emma told Vogue. “Not being a cog in a machine, there being guys in New York with cameras—it feels like it’s happening to a different person. That loss of anonymity, not being able to just sit and watch in certain circumstances, is very strange and very new.”