Emily Jean “Emma” Stone (born November 6, 1988) is an American actress.
One of the world’s highest-paid actresses
One of the world’s highest-paid actresses in 2015, Stone has received such accolades as an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. She appeared in Forbes Celebrity 100 in 2013, and is often described by the media as one of the most talented actresses of her generation.
Born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona, Stone began acting as a child, in a theater production of The Wind in the Willows in 2000. As a teenager, she relocated to Los Angeles with her mother, and made her television debut in VH1’s In Search of the New Partridge Family (2004), a reality show that produced only an unsold pilot. After small television roles, she won a Young Hollywood Award for her film debut in Superbad (2007), and received positive media attention for her role in Zombieland (2009).
Crazy, Stupid, Love
The Amazing Spider-Man
The 2010 teen comedy Easy A was Stone’s first starring role and earned her nominations for the BAFTA Rising Star Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. This breakthrough was followed by the commercially successful film Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), and a supporting part in the critically acclaimed drama The Help (2011). Stone gained wider recognition for playing Gwen Stacy in the 2012 superhero film The Amazing Spider-Man, and its sequel in 2014. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the role of a recovering drug addict in the black comedy-drama Birdman (2014). Her Broadway debut came in a revival of the musical Cabaret (2014–2015). Stone won an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for playing an aspiring actress in the critically acclaimed musical film La La Land (2016).
From November 2014 to February 2015, Stone starred in a revival of the Broadway musical Cabaret as Sally Bowles, taking over the role from Michelle Williams. Considering it to be “the most nerve-racking thing ever”, Stone told the Entertainment Weekly magazine that she listened to a French radio station to mentally prepare herself for the role. Variety’s Marilyn Stasio was critical of her singing and found her performance “a bit narrow as an emotional platform, but a smart choice for her acting skills, the perfect fit for her sharp intelligence and kinetic energy.” Both of Stone’s 2015 films—the romantic comedy-drama Aloha, and the mystery drama Irrational Man—were critical and commercial failures, and her roles were panned by critics. In Cameron Crowe’s Aloha, she took on the role of an Asian-American air force pilot alongside Bradley Cooper, and in the Woody Allen-directed Irrational Man, she portrayed the romantic interest of Joaquin Phoenix’s character, a philosophy professor. The former was controversial for whitewashing the cast; Stone later regretted the project, acknowledging whitewashing as a widespread problem in Hollywood. Despite the criticism, she was nominated for Choice Movie Actress – Comedy at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards.
La La Land
Stone reunited with Gosling in their third film together—Damien Chazelle’s musical comedy-drama La La Land—in which she played Mia Dolan, an aspiring actress living in Los Angeles. Stone borrowed several real-life experiences for her character, and in preparation, watched The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and films of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. For the musical’s soundtrack, she recorded six songs—”Another Day of Sun”, “City of Stars”, “Someone in the Crowd”, “A Lovely Night”, “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” and “City of Stars (Humming)”. La La Land served as the opening film at the 2016 Venice Film Festival; it received highly positive reviews, and Stone won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress. She also received an Academy, a BAFTA, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Writing for The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw reviewed, “Stone has never been better: superbly smart, witty, vulnerable, her huge doe eyes radiating intelligence even, or especially, when they are filling with tears.” Besides being Stone’s highest-rated film on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, La La Land was successful at the box office, earning over $370 million against its $30 million budget.