Emily Jean Stone (born November 6, 1988), known professionally as Emma Stone, is an American actress and singer.
Stone got into community theater at a very young age and was already in youth improv troupes as a pre-teen. She first went to Hollywood in 2004 at the age of 15 after she used a slideshow presentation to convince her parents to let her become an actress instead of finishing high school. She won the part of the new Laurie Partridge on the VH1 reality show In Search For the Next Partridge Family; however, this updated version of The Partridge Family never made it past the pilot. She then tried for the part of Claire in Heroes, but lost out to Hayden Panettiere. She also appeared in an episode of Lucky Louie as well as Drive (2007).
Stone began appearing in feature films in the late 2000s, debuting in Superbad and going on to do supporting roles for The House Bunny and The Rocker. She then co-starred in Zombieland and got her first lead role as Olive Pendergast in Easy A, which became her breakout role and earned her a Golden Globe nomination. In 2011, she was featured in the successful films Crazy, Stupid, Love and The Help; she also played Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man Series in 2012 and 2014.
In 2015, Stone earned her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). She later won the Oscar for Best Actress in 2017 for La La Land — an award that was the cause of the notorious botched Best Picture presentation later on, as a duplicate card for her win was given to Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway rather than the one for Moonlight as Best Picture.
Her distinct low-pitched, husky voice is the result of calluses she has on her vocal cords thanks to suffering from colic as an infant, which developed into nodules.
She is married to filmmaker Dave McCary, giving birth to their daughter in 2021. However, neither was officially announced by them as she generally prefers to keep her personal life private.
- Medium (2005) as Cynthia McCallister
- The Suite Life of Zack & Cody (2006) as Ivana Tipton (voice)
- Malcolm in the Middle (2006) as Diane
- Lucky Louie (2006) as Shannon
- Drive (2007) as Violet Trimble
- Superbad (2007) as Jules
- The House Bunny (2008) as Natalie Sandler
- The Rocker (2008) as Amelia Stone
- Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009) as Allison Vandermeersh
- Paper Man (2009) as Abby
- Zombieland (2009) as Wichita
- Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)
- Marmaduke (2010) as Mazie (voice)
- Easy A (2010) as Olive Penderghast
- Robot Chicken (2011) as various characters (voice)
- Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011) as Hannah Weaver
- The Help (2011) as Skeeter Phelan
- Friends with Benefits (2011) as Kayla
- 30 Rock (2012) as herself
- The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) as Gwen Stacy
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
- Sleeping Dogs (2012) as Amanda (voice)
- iCarly (2012) as Heather
- Movie 43 (2013) as Veronica
- Gangster Squad (2013) as Grace Faraday
- The Croods (2013) as Eep Crood (voice)
- The Croods: A New Age (2020)
- Magic in the Moonlight (2014) as Sophie Baker
- Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) as Sam Thomson (nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress)
- The Interview (2014) as herself
- Aloha (2015) as Allison Ng
- Irrational Man (2015) as Jill Pollard
- Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) as Claudia Cantrell
- La La Land (2016) as Mia Dolan (won an Academy Award for Best Actress)
- Battle of the Sexes (2017) as Billie Jean King
- The Favourite (2018) as Abigail (nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress)
- Maniac (2018) as Annie Landsberg
- Cruella (2021) as Estella Miller / Cruella de Vil
- Poor Things as Bella Baxter
- Author Appeal: Inverted — she has said that she does not wish or intend to star in any fantasy works. This was one of the draws for her 2018 Netflix miniseries Maniac; the psychological trippiness allowed Hollywood to actually put her in fantasy settings due to the scenarios created by the characters' heads, but it's the closest we'll probably ever get in that department.
- Dye Hard: She only dons her natural blonde in a few roles, such as in Birdman and The Amazing Spider-Man movies. Otherwise, expect Emma as a redhead.
- Of the Spice Girls. She freaked out when she got to talk to Mel B (Scary) and Mel C (Sporty) at different times via video while promoting The Amazing Spider-Man 2. She came very close to freaking out when, during an interview on The Graham Norton Show, Graham implied to her that all five of them were backstage waiting to meet her. They weren't.
- She's hooked on K-Pop.
- Ink-Suit Actor: It's very clear that Spider-Gwen was designed after her version of Gwen Stacy.
- Reclusive Artist: She’s one of the few prominent millennial celebrities who doesn’t have any official social media accounts. She also very rarely talks about her personal life. Her husband has a verified Instagram account and used it to announce their engagement but they’ve never officially confirmed that they got married and he doesn’t post often. She was clearly very pregnant in late 2020 and allegedly gave birth in March of the following year but there’s no official announcement.
- Stage Name: Took the name Emma because "Emily Stone" was already taken in the Screen Actors Guild. Prefers to be called 'Em' by friends.
- Those Two Actors: Has played Ryan Gosling's love interest in three different films.
- Vocal Dissonance: Has a down-to-earth, quirky vibe about her, which makes her raspy, sultry voice a bit jarring.
- What Could Have Been:
- Stone was approached for a role in Ghostbusters (2016), but turned it down due to not wanting to commit to any more franchises after The Amazing Spider-Man Series.
- She was also offered the role of Cheetah in Wonder Woman 1984 but turned it down.
- She was set to reunite with Damien Chazelle for his 2022 film Babylon but dropped out due to a scheduling issue which is likely her officially unannounced pregnancy. Additionally, she was meant to portray Clara Bow.
- Witty Banter: A trademark of hers, in movies.