Emma Stone is not only an excellent television actor, but also a brilliant singer and theater actor.
Emma first caught people's attention as she worked at the Valley Youth Theater in Phoenix. She got her start in acting with VYT at age 11 in the play The Wind…more
For the film The House Bunny Emma got to name her character Natalie, after Natalie Portman.
She waited until she was 21 to have her ears pierced for the first time shortly after moving to New York. Rather than having each ear pierced once, she had her left ear pierced twice, and three piercings in her right ear.
Emma is #12 in AIM's "50 Hottest Redheads."
Emma is ranked #71 in AIM's "100 Celebs Under 25".
During the filming of Superbad Emma could not stop laughing. The only takes where she didn't laugh were the takes used in the movie.
After shooting Superbad, Emma and Jonah Hill (Seth) have remained good friends.
Emma admitted the comedic humor of Superbad is completely her type of sense of humor in real life.
Although Emma attended public school for a time she was also home schooled.
Emma attended Xavier College Preparatory for a single semester.
Emma was a student at Sequoya Elementary School and Cocopah Middle School in Arizona.
Emma's parents are Jeff and Krista Stone. She has a younger brother, Spencer.
Jordin Sparks and Max Crumm also acted at The Valley Youth Theatre, where Emma got her start in acting.
Emma's roommate is Martha MacIsaac, her co-star from the movie Superbad.
Her middle name is Jean, which is her grandmother's first name.
Her favorite movie is City Lights by Charlie Chaplin.
She is a big fan of The Beatles.
She is 5ft 6 (1.68 m).
Emma performed in many plays and musicals at Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix, earning critical acclaim and receiving awards, before she moved to Los Angeles at age fifteen to pursue her acting career.
Emma Stone: (On finding out about her Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical for her role in "Easy A") I was completely asleep because it was 5:30 in the morning, and my manger called me sounding very upset, which is what you think when someone calls you at 5:30 in the morning,... ...Then I realized it was excitement and he wasn't upset. I realized that nothing was burning down and no one was hurt and everything was wonderful.
Emma Stone: (on Charlie Chaplin) He's my favorite! He wrote and produced, and starred in and cast all of his movies! Can you imagine? I get really excited when I talk about Charlie Chaplin.
Emma Stone: (on her character Olive in the movie Easy A being down to earth) Oh, she was really just on the page in the script. She was just really a human being.
Emma Stone: (on how playing Olive in the movie Easy A has made her grow as an actor) Well, I guess things in that movie that I have not gotten to do since or maybe will ever get to do again like breaking a wall and talking straight into camera, which was wild. Just in terms of the way I work now in kind of knowing what I need to sustain my focus and my energy because that was a really quick shoot. It was probably 70% of the regular length you get for a movie shoot, and it just required a lot of focus and a lot of real focus.
So anyway, I've learned a lot about myself just in terms of acting but just work ethic and interesting things like full-page monologues or talking straight into camera, which I had never gotten to do before.
Emma Stone: (on if she thinks the movie Easy A glamorized promiscuity with younger girls) I was actually concerned with that for quite a while and still have a lot of thoughts about that. The fact is she's not really doing it. She is a virgin, so she's not truly being promiscuous. I think what she learns by lying to everyone and watching her life kind of crumble around her is realizing that if she had just told the truth from the beginning, she could have been saved from all that.
I think the number one thing that I find important is the importance of honesty with your friends and your parents, if you can be. But I think that telling people how you really feel, being who you truly are, being safe and taking care of yourself is the most important thing. I think Olive does kind of learn that in the end.
Emma Stone: (on preparing for the lead role in the movie Easy A) I don't know that I prepared any differently because of the size of the role. Mainly I put more pressure on myself, for sure, but I don't think it had to do with the size of the role. I think it had more to do with just wanting to make sure that the Olive on the page came to life accurately.
The only thing I could really do to prepare was to memorize [the part], but other than that it was just a daily fight to make sure that I was doing her justice all along the way because she was written so well on the page.
It was a different experience for sure, but I don't think it had to do with the size of it. I think it just had to do with my own self-inflicted pressure.
Emma Stone: (on similarities and differences between her and her character Olive in the movie Easy A) Well, circumstantially, I really didn't have anything in common with Olive because I was home schooled for most of high school. So, I was kind of on my own for most of that experience.
As far as personality goes, I think she and I are pretty eerily similar in a lot of ways. That might be one of the reasons I responded so quickly to her when I read the script. I could kind of understand her viewpoint and where she was coming from and what it was like to have a family like that because I have really open, straight parents that we talk about everything; so, I liked seeing that kind of cool relationship she had with her family. Yes, I feel like we have a lot in common personality-wise, but I did not have her high school experience.
Emma Stone: (on being a versatile actress at a young age and getting adult roles) I don't really know that it's ever a conscious choice on my part. I think that when scripts come along, if it's something I really want to do and I'm going to go audition for it, I just try to bring that person to life in any way that that the character is supposed to be.
Like, if the character's 27 and then in the next part is 17, I get to look at it through different eyes because they've had ten years less experience or more experience. So, I try to adjust to that a bit but as far as why they keep letting me do all this stuff, I can't answer that. I guess I'm really lucky in terms of that but it's been nice to be able to kind of jump all over the chart and not just play one certain age.
Emma Stone: (on learning from older and more experienced actors while making the movie Easy A) Well, I am so grateful anytime I get to work with someone that's been doing it for a pretty sustained period of time… I can't speak for everyone else, but for me I take so much from any actor that I work with.
Anything that I would learn from someone like Patty [Patricia Clarkson] or Stanley [Tucci] or Thomas [Haden Church] or Lisa [Kudrow] is going to be the same thing that I might learn from someone like Amanda [Bynes] or Penn [Badgley], so I don't know. I'm learning all the time, and it's like being in the master's class all the time.
Emma Stone: (on the time period of the movie Easy A) A big part of it is the speed of technology now and the digital age – text messaging, Twitter – and that type of communication. I'm sure there could have been some differences ten years ago that would have been similar, but to me it feels kind of time sensitive, the issues that we're dealing with, so it feels like a kind of modern-times movie to me. But in terms of the characters, I would hope that those are relatively timeless.
Emma Stone: (on improvising in the movie Easy A) I would say a pretty fair amount of those scenes [were improvisation] just because Stanley [Tucci] and Patty [Patricia Clarkson] are so great with improv.
Olive talked so much that a lot of those words were on the page for her. I felt like I was doing a little much if I added too much improv to Olive, but they were so fantastic with adlibbing. So, a lot of their dialogue was improv.
Emma Stone: (on playing the role Olive in the movie Easy A) First of all, it's really rare to read a really well-written, fleshed-out, funny character that's female, especially in a comedy; and so that's exciting right off the bat.
Then I just thought the script is so clever, and I really liked Olive's perspective on things. She's no damsel in distress, so I just really liked her all around as a character and loved the script itself.
Emma Stone: (on how the message in the movie The House Bunny is to be yourself) The common misconception is that these girls are ugly and she [Faris' character] makes them pretty, but that's really not it... ...It's just that they don't really care, and then she tells them that they should… and then they realize that it's ok to care and not care.
Emma Stone: (on her character Natalie in the movie The House Bunny) She was the first character I ever got to develop on film which was very exciting,
Emma Stone: It's definitely a shock to go from being 15 in high school to working. There's no real cushion there. There's no preparation at all. You learn by doing.
Emma Stone: (on trusting your gut) I rely on my instincts and intuition, and I feel it's so imperative for people to follow not the path but their path.
Emma Stone: (on convincing her parents to move to Los Angeles) When I was 14 -years-old, I made this PowerPoint presentation, and I invited my parents into my room and gave them popcorn. It was called 'Project Hollywood 2004' and it worked. I moved to L.A. in January of 2004,
Emma Stone: (on how she choose the profession of making people laugh) I think I was drawn to comedy originally because when I was really young, by the time I was eight I had seen movies like The Jerk, Animal House, and Planes, Trains & Automobiles with my dad, and I knew them by heart,... ...I loved them and my dad loved them, and we would laugh together, and I would think, 'This is love.' I just wanted to make people feel like that.
Emma: (On waiting until she was 21 to have her ears pierced) 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!'
Emma: (On her latest obsession) It would be movies, probably. It would be just going to see movies and the entertainment industry. It sounds stupid, but that's pretty much what I do.
Emma: (On fighting off characters like Seth from Superbad) 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.
Emma: (On staying grounded as her career takes off) 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.
Emma: (On her work with the Valley Youth Theatre after her first play The Wind in the Willows) Then it kind of unfolded from there. I did 16 shows before I left between the ages of 11 and 15.
Emma: (On when she knew she would be an actress) Probably the day I was born. I don't think I stopped talking or making noise since. My parents can verify that for you.
Emma: (On doing improv in 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.