Emma Stone Biography, Career, Movies, Awards, Relationships, Net Worth

Stone is an Academy Award-winning actress best recognized for her appearances in comedies such as Superbad (2007), The House Bunny (2008), Zombieland (2009), and Easy A (2010), as well as more mature films such as Birdman (2014) and La La Land (2016). She was nominated for Oscars for her roles in the latter two, winning Best Actress for her depiction of aspiring actor Mia Dolan in La La Land.

She also appeared in the critically acclaimed The Help and the romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love, both released in 2011, and was cast as Peter Parker’s love interest in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and its 2014 sequel. In the 2017 biographical sports film Battle of the Sexes, Stone plays tennis legend Billie Jean King.

Early Life and Career

Emily Jean Stone was born in Scottsdale, Arizona on November 6, 1988. When her grandpa, who is of Swedish origin, moved to the United States via Ellis Island, his surname was anglicized to Stone.

Stone’s first stage performance was in a youth theater production of The Wind in the Willows when she was 11 years old. Throughout middle school, she appeared in 16 theater performances, including The Princess and the Pea, Alice in Wonderland, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She also joined the improv comedy troupe at the theater.

Stone dropped out of an all-girl Catholic high school after one semester to pursue an acting career. To persuade her parents to let her move to Los Angeles, the astute actress created a PowerPoint presentation dubbed “Project Hollywood,” which was set to Madonna’s song “Hollywood.” Her strategy worked, and in January 2004, at the age of 15, Stone relocated to a Los Angeles apartment with her mother.

Stone began applying for roles soon after, frequently standing out for her characteristic raspy voice. The fiery young actress was so committed that she darkened her childhood blonde hair a dark brown in the hopes that it would help her win more serious roles.

‘In Search of the New Partridge Family’

Stone received her big break in 2004 when she won the VH1 reality show In Search of the New Partridge Family. The reality show pitted eight aspiring young actresses against each other for the role of Laurie Partridge in a reboot of the 1970s sitcom.

Contestants were judged based on their singing, acting, and resemblance to Laurie. The teenage actress, known at the time as Emily Stone, won over the audience with a cover of Pat Benatar’s “We Belong,” and received the job. Although the project never progressed beyond the pilot stage, it acted as a springboard for Stone’s career and introduced her to future manager Doug Wald.

Early Film and TV Roles

‘Malcolm in the Middle’ and ‘Drive’

Following her stint on reality television, Stone began appearing on a number of popular shows, including Malcolm in the Middle and Medium. She quickly secured a regular part as 17-year-old Violet Trimble on the one-season drama Drive (2007). Around this time, Stone auditioned for a role on the hit science-fiction show Heroes (2006), but was beaten out by teenage actress Hayden Panettiere.

‘Superbad’ and ‘The House Bunny’

Stone made her feature film debut in 2007, starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera in the teen comedy Superbad. The film, written and produced by Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow, was a box financial success as well as a critical success. Stone appeared in the comedies The Rocker, starring Rainn Wilson and Christina Applegate, and The House Bunny, starring Anna Faris, a year later.

‘Zombieland’ and ‘Easy A’

Stone rose to prominence in the following years, appearing in several major films, including Ghost of Girlfriends Past, Zombieland, and Paper Man, all of which were released in 2009. Stone’s next major appearance was as Olive Penderghast in the teen comedy Easy A in 2010.

The story revolves around the lives of an innocent high school student whose reputation is imperiled by rumors of promiscuity, which were inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. Stone received a Golden Globe nomination for best actress for her clever and charming performance in the film.

‘The Help’ and ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’

Stone gained critical acclaim again in 2011 as Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, a college graduate and aspiring writer, in The Help, a film based on Kathryn Stockett’s novel of the same name. The film received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. Stone co-starred in the successful romance comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love with Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell the same year.

Stone played Gwen Stacy, Peter Parker’s 17-year-old love interest in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and its 2014 sequel. She also appeared in Gangster Squad (2013), The Croods (2013), and Magic in the Moonlight (2014) around this period.

Oscar Nomination for ‘Birdman’

Stone garnered Golden Globe and Oscar nods in 2014 for her performance in the drama/comedy Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) as a recovering drug user and the daughter of a Hollywood star, played by Michael Keaton.Off-screen, Stone made her Broadway debut in late 2014, playing Sally Bowles in Alan Cumming’s revival of Cabaret. She has also gotten accolades for her regular appearances on Saturday Night Live as a host.

Awards, Oscar Win for ‘La La Land’

Stone won her first Golden Globe award in 2016 for her performance as an aspiring actress in the smash film musical La La Land, co-starring Ryan Gosling. The film received seven Golden Globe nominations, the most of any film in the ceremony’s history. “This is a film for dreamers, and I think hope and creativity are two of the most important things in the world, and that’s what this movie is about,” Stone said during her acceptance speech. A few months later, with La La Land up for a record-tying 14 Academy Awards, Stone won the coveted Best Actress Oscar.

Recent Film and TV Roles

Stone put on her tennis shoes again to play tennis legend Billie Jean King in Battle of the Sexes (2017), a film about King’s 1973 battle versus former men’s champion Bobby Riggs. Both Stone and Carell, who played Riggs, were nominated for Golden Globes.

She went on to co-star in the TV show Maniac. Based on a Norwegian TV show, Maniac featured Stone and Hill as two finalists chosen to participate in a pharmaceutical study, which resulted in some bizarre outcomes. In 2019, she returns to a familiar apocalyptic world in Zombieland: Double Tap.

In 2021, Stone will return to the big screen as the puppy-stealing Disney villain Cruella de Vil in her live-action origin film, Cruella.

‘The Favourite’ and Work with Lanthimos

Stone collaborated with filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos on the 2019 picture The Favourite, which is about three cousins competing for Queen Anne’s favour in the early 18th century. The black comedy received critical acclaim and ten Academy Award nominations, including Best Supporting Actress for Stone and Rachel Weisz and Best Actress for Olivia Colman.

The two collaborated once more for the 2023 fantasy picture Poor Things, with Stone as Bella Baxter and Lanthimos behind the camera.

Personal Life

Stone dated her Spider-Man co-star Andrew Garfield for almost four years before splitting in 2015.

In December 2016, while serving as a guest presenter on Saturday Night Live, Stone met writer and director Dave McCary. Months later, the two were photographed together, and a source confirmed to People in October 2017 that they were dating.

The couple announced their engagement in December 2019 and are planning to marry in 2020. The actress was photographed with a baby bump in January 2021 and gave birth to Louise Jean McCary on March 13 of that year, according to a birth certificate. They named their daughter Jean Louise after Stone’s grandmother.

Stone and McCary are well-known for keeping their relationship details confidential, and Stone does not have any social media accounts. In 2016, she told Elle, “It makes me so crazy to look at social media. When you see people like, ‘This is the best life ever! I couldn’t be happier,’ you’re like, ‘Shut up, that is not true.’ Not everything comes together in the best way ever, every day. It just doesn’t. Even when your dream you set out for comes true, it’s not always perfect.”

Net Worth

Stone’s net worth is estimated to be around $40 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. With a salary of $26 million, she topped Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid actresses in 2017.

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