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Emma Stone

Emily Jean "Emma" Stone (born November 6, 1988) is an American actress. She made her feature film debut in the comedy Superbad (2007) playing Jules. Her roles became more prominent when she starred in the comedy The House Bunny (2008) and the horror-comedy Zombieland (2009). She is also known for starring in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and Paper Man (2009). In 2010, she will make her first appearance as the lead character in Easy A and will also appear in Marmaduke, in which she voices one of the characters.

Early lifeEdit

Stone was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, the daughter of Jeff Stone, a contractor, and Krista Stone. She has a brother, Spencer, who is younger by two years.[1] 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.[2] 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,[2][3] and performed with the theater's improv comedy troupe.[4]

Stone attended Xavier College Preparatory,[2] an all-girl Catholic high school, as a freshman for one semester.[5] 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.[5][6] She dropped out of high school and moved with her mother to Los Angeles in January 2004, at the age of fifteen.[7]

CareerEdit

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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.[8] 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.

Stone made her feature film debut in the teen comedy Superbad in 2007, playing Jules, the love interest of lead character Seth (Jonah Hill). In 2008, she appeared in the comedy The Rocker, with Rainn Wilson.[9] Stone played Amelia, the bassist in a band featuring singer Teddy Geiger. Stone learned to play bass for the role.[10] Also that year, Stone appeared in The House Bunny, starring Anna Faris, alongside Katharine McPhee, Rumer Willis and Colin Hanks.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13] 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.[14] Stone played Wichita, a survivor/con artist from Wichita, Kansas, traveling across the U.S. with her younger sister Little Rock (Abigail Breslin).[15]

Stone stars in Paper Man, alongside Jeff Daniels, Ryan Reynolds and Lisa Kudrow, directed by Kieran and Michele Mulroney.[16] 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.[17] Stone began filming the independent comedy on Veterans Day, November 11, 2008, in Montauk, New York, using well-known local locations.[18]

Stone will star as a high school student in Easy A with Amanda Bynes, a comedy directed by Will Gluck. Stone's character divides the strictly moral students and teachers against the liberals in her school after a false rumor circulates that she's sexually promiscuous.[19] The script contrasts the novel The Scarlet Letter and its heroine, Hester Prynne, to the life of the protagonist in the film.[20] Stone also has a voice role in an upcoming film adaptation of the comic strip Marmaduke.[21]

Stone will star in an as-yet untitled Steve Carell comedy, alongside 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.[22] 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 an aspiring writer and plans to employ a Southern dialect for the role.[17] 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.[23]

Stone has stated that she would eventually like to venture into film production, producing her own films, and would like to appear on Saturday Night Live.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Stone was living on her own in Los Angeles in 2007.[2] She moved to Greenwich Village, New York City in 2009.[6] Stone has stated that she was really into HTML and web design when she was younger.[5] 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.[24] Although known as a redhead, Stone was a brunette when film producer Judd Apatow had her change the color for her role in Superbad.[4] She is naturally a blonde.[5] She didn't get her ears pierced until she was 21 when, soon after moving to New York, she had her left ear pierced twice and her right ear three times.[25] Stone is close friends with country-pop singer Taylor Swift.[26]

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Role Notes
2005 The New Partridge Family Laurie Partridge Television pilot
Medium Cynthia McCallister One episode, as Riley Stone
2006 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Ivana (voice) One episode
Malcolm in the Middle Diane One episode
Lucky Louie Shannon One episode
2007 Drive Violet Trimble Four episodes
Superbad Jules
2008 The Rocker Amelia
The House Bunny Natalie
2009 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Allison Vandermeersh
Paper Man Abby
Zombieland Wichita (Krista)
2010 Easy A Olive Penderghast
Marmaduke Mazie
2012 The Croods Eep (voice)

AwardsEdit

Year Ceremony Category Nominated Work Result
2008 Young Hollywood Awards Exciting New Face[27] Superbad Template:Award-won
2009 Detroit Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Zombieland Template:Award-nom

RankingsEdit

Year Title Rank
2008 Moviefone's 25 hottest actors under 25[28] #14
Saturday Night Magazine's Top 20 Rising Stars Under 30[29] #1
2009 AskMen.com's Top 99 Women[30] #93
FHM's 100 sexiest women in the world (US)[31] #93
Maxim's Hot List[32] #66
2010 AskMen.com's Top 99 Women[33] #39
Maxim's Hot List #49

DiscographyEdit

QuotesEdit

  • (On shooting Superbad) It's incredible, it's been really fun and really funny and I can't stop breaking character which is getting me in trouble sometimes but it's alright, ya know...I just keep laughing.
  • 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.
  • Haven't had to fight off any Seth characters. And I'm not fighting him off. It's a situation where I really do like him. I just don't want our first kiss to happen in that situation. But, no, I've never really had that experience. Of someone coming on to me being out of their mind drunk. I'm the lucky one, maybe.
  • (On not getting her ears pierced until she was 21) Most people go through this when they’re like, 14. I’m like, ‘Hey, what’s up everybody? I moved to New York and got five piercings!

ReferencesEdit

  1. Obert, Richard (November 5, 2007). "Chaparral's Stone likes leading role". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved on May 10, 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Balazs, Diana (August 21, 2007). "'Superbad' role for Scottsdale native". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved on September 1, 2007.
  3. "VYT Alumni". Valley Youth Theatre. Retrieved on January 11, 2010.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Outhier, Craig (August 16, 2008). "Emma Stone explores comedy with latest roles". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved on August 18, 2008.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Barker, Lynn (August 19, 2008). "Rockin'" with Emma Stone. TeenHollywood.com. Retrieved on November 30, 2009.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Barna, Ben (October 2, 2009). "‘Zombieland’s’ Emma Stone Dreams of SNL and Mexican Food". BlackBook Magazine. Retrieved on October 2, 2009.
  7. Gordon, Jillian (July 2008). "Emma Stone: Coolest Chick We Know". Saturday Night Magazine. Retrieved on November 7, 2009.
  8. Cordova, Randy (May 27, 2007). "Youth theater churns out future stars". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved on August 20, 2007.
  9. O., Jimmy (August 16, 2007). "INT: Jonah Hill/Stone". JoBlo.com. Retrieved on August 20, 2007.
  10. Douglas, Edward (August 14, 2008). "Rainn Wilson is The Rocker!". Comingsoon.net. Retrieved on August 15, 2008.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Rising Star: Emma Stone". Access Hollywood. June 4, 2008. Retrieved on June 5, 2008.
  12. Sullivan, Kevin (June 2, 2008). "An interview with Emma Stone of The House Bunny". North by Northwestern. Retrieved on June 4, 2008.
  13. Goldstein, Gregg (February 4, 2008). "Five to haunt 'Girlfriends'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on February 11, 2008.
  14. Siegel, Tatiana (January 15, 2009). "Emma Stone enters 'Zombieland'". Variety. Retrieved on January 19, 2009.
  15. Sciretta, Peter (July 7, 2009) "Interview with Emma Stone On The Set of Zombieland". /Film. Retrieved on July 12, 2009.
  16. Siegel, Tatiana (September 24, 2008). "Emma Stone joins 'Paper Man'". Variety. Retrieved on January 19, 2009.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Kung, Michelle (April 12, 2010). "‘Paper Man’ Co-Star Emma Stone on Playing Skeeter Phelan in ‘The Help’". Wall Street Journal. http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2010/04/12/paper-man-co-star-emma-stone-on-playing-skeeter-phelan-in-the-help/. Retrieved April 18, 2010. 
  18. Clavin, Tom (November 25, 2008). "Jeff Daniels filming a feature in Montauk". The East Hampton Press. Retrieved on November 25, 2008.
  19. Fleming, Michael (June 3, 2009). "Cast penciled in for 'Easy A'". Variety. Retrieved on June 7, 2008.
  20. Busch, Jenna (October 1, 2009). "INT: Emma Stone". JoBlo.com. Retrieved on October 3, 2009.
  21. Kit, Borys (November 3, 2009). "Owen Wilson signs on for 'Marmaduke'". Reuters. Retrieved on November 7, 2009.
  22. Verrier, Richard (May 5, 2010). "On Location: California film tax credit helping keep Hollywood at home". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on May 9, 2010.
  23. Sciretta, Peter (May 4, 2010). "Emma Stone and Catherine Keener Join The Croods". /Film. Retrieved on May 9, 2010.
  24. Shanahan, Mark; Rhone, Paysha (July 17, 2008). "What's in a name? ". The Boston Globe. Retrieved on July 17, 2008.
  25. Nylon magazine, May 2010.
  26. McMonagle, Mickey (December 31, 2009). "Taylor Swift: I've had a perfect year.. Kanye West incident aside". The Daily Record. Retrieved on January 10, 2010.
  27. "Emma Stone - Young Hollywood Awards - HL". yhawards.com. Retrieved on December 11, 2009.
  28. "25 Under 25: Hollywood's Hottest Young Stars (2008)". September 24, 2008. Moviefone. Retrieved on October 6, 2009.
  29. "Top 20 Rising Stars Under 30". Saturday Night Magazine. Retrieved on October 6, 2009.
  30. "Emma Stone Top 99 Women 2009". AskMen.com. Retrieved on October 6, 2009.
  31. "The 100 Sexiest Women in the World". FHM. Retrieved on October 6, 2009.
  32. "2009 Hot 100 Pictures". Maxim. Retrieved on October 6, 2009.
  33. "Emma Stone Top 99 Women 2010". AskMen.com. Retrieved on January 19, 2010.

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