Emma Stone is kicking off 2017 in the best possible way, she’s got a huge film out, La La Land which has not only received rave reviews from pretty much everyone who has seen it, but there’s plenty of film award nominations to go alongside it too.
As we gear up for the release of the film in the UK, we thought we’d share some facts you probably didn’t know about the actress.
An introduction to Emma Stone
Born November 6, 1988, she was actually named Emily Jean Stone, but she changed her name while registering for her Screen Actors Guild card and found that ‘Emily Stone’ was taken.
She first chose Riley Stone as her stage name, but after guest-starring on Malcolm in the Middle, she decided she was more comfortable with Emma, a nickname her mother had given her.
Her mother, Krista, is a stay-at-home mum, and her father, Jeff, is a contractor. She has one younger brother, Spencer, and is the first of her family to enter the showbiz world.
The actress is of Swedish descent. Her paternal grandfather immigrated to the US through Ellis Island, at which point his last name was Anglicized to “Stone.” Meanwhile, her maternal side is mainly Pennsylvania Dutch (German), as well as English, Scottish and Irish.
She’s known for her husky voice and she got it as a result of being a colicky baby. Baby colic is when a healthy baby cries on a regular basis for no clear reason. Oftentimes, the colicky baby cries at the same time on a daily basis. “I screamed myself hoarse every day and developed nodules as an infant. So I have calluses on my vocal cords, which makes me lose my voice all the time and makes doing something like screaming in a scene, over and over, really rough…. But yeah, I’ve sounded like this since I was a kid.”
The star attended Xavier College Preparatory, a Catholic high school in Phoenix, for one semester. She was homeschooled after that and convinced her mother to move to LA with her when she was 15.
She harnessed her love for acting at local theatre production of The Wiz with future American Idol winner Jordin Sparks. She starred in a total of 16 productions while there.
At the age of seven when she broke both arms on the parallel bars in gymnastics. Years later, the actress starred in the “I Broke My Arm” skit on Saturday Night Live. She did break both arms in the sketch, along with both of her legs and just about everything else.
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Before Emma Stone got her break
When Emma moved to Los Angeles, she got a part-time job in a bakery specialising in dog treats. However, several customers complained that the cookies were inedible and their dogs did not like them.
Before acting, she was learning HTML and web design. “I was a huge computer nerd. I built websites! I would go on online forums, had a bunch of Internet friends, and would build free websites for people because I was trying to teach myself HTML,” she shared with the Daily Beast in 2012. “I was really just f—ing around the whole time, trying to make frames and drop-down menus, so if the chance arose I could be a website designer.”
Emma Stone got a break back when reality TV was just heating up. She won the role of Laurie Partridge in 2004 on VH1’s In Search of the New Partridge Family. Unfortunately, the show tanked (they only produced one episode), but she did land some minor TV guest spots following the failed gig. She landed her first recurring role on TV’s Drive in 2007.
You’d think Stone’s signature red hair is real, but in fact, she’s a natural blonde. She used to dye it brunette, but it was Judd Apatow who told her to ditch the brunette in 2007 for her role in Superbad. “Judd made me a redhead,” she explained in 2010. “I was a brunette during casting. Then Judd walked in, said ‘Make it red,’ and walked out. So he made me this way.”
She has admitted to turning down auditions for roles that tried to cast her as the token pretty girl because she wanted to be taken seriously as a comedian.
She learned to play bass for a role in “The Rocker.”
In 2011, she worked really on her Southern accent for “The Help.” She also did a lot of reading to get a better feel for the era. “I’ve just ordered a Martin Luther King Jr. biography to read, a book on Jim Crow laws, and I’m catching on up all the classic Mississippi movies, such as Mississippi Burning and the 1978 TV miniseries King. Even Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” she told the Wall Street Journal right before the film went into production.
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Emma’s canine roles
She was the voice of London Tipton’s dog, Ivana Tipton, in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.
She was also the voice of the dog Mazie in the film adaptation of the comic strip Marmaduke, which follows a Great Dane and his pals.
The roles Emma Stone missed out on
She lost out on the role of Claire Bennet in Heroes back in 2007 and says the experience was ‘rock bottom. In an interview with Vanity Fair, she said: “I could hear that, in the other room, a girl had just gone in and they were saying, ‘You are our pick … On a scale of 1 to 10, you’re an 11… I went home and just had this meltdown”. The girl in the other room was Hayden Panettiere.
In 2010, she starred in Easy A for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance. Film critic Roger Ebert says the film “takes the familiar but underrated Emma Stone and makes her, I believe, a star.”
What were her thoughts on “Easy A?” “I don’t think this is really a high school movie. I think it’s more a story of reputation and miscommunication and the speed at which, with technology, that spreads now,” she said in an interview following the release of the movie.
This star found out she had asthma while filming a rigorous fake sex scene in the film. “Oh, for the love, I can’t even simulate sex without dying!” Stone jokingly admitted to MTV. “I had a little asthma attack, without any prior knowledge that I had asthma, during the scene where we had to jump up and down for hours and hours screaming and yelling on the bed. [It] was humiliating, because it was the second day of shooting,” she explained, adding that her little episode must have made a great impression on the crew.
“Here’s what it’s going to be like the whole movie, as I’m breathing into an oxygen tank,” she said. “The crew was like, ‘She’s going to be a real blast. Wow. Amazing. A 20-year-old having an asthma attack.’ ”
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Random Emma Stone facts
Emma has a tattoo on her wrist with a very significant meaning. To celebrate her mother being cancer free, Emma and her mum got matching tattoos. Emma told David Letterman, “My mom’s favourite song is ‘Blackbird’ by Paul McCartney, and it’s my favourite song as well. I wrote a letter to Paul McCartney asking him if he would draw two little bird feet, because he wrote the song, and yesterday he sent them to me.” The pair took the design and got their tattoos.
After spending roughly six years in LA, she moved to New York in 2009.When she moved to New York she was 21 and she got her ears pierced for the first time. In one shot she got two holes in her left earlobe and three in her right. “Most people go through this when they’re like, 14,” she revealed. “I’m like, ‘Hey, what’s up everybody? I moved to New York and got five piercings!”
The actress revealed to Jay Leno her biggest phobias: “I have two phobias: one of being lifted over somebody’s head, which was the issue with Crazy, Stupid, Love., and the other phobia is getting my blood drawn. Needles.”
She idolises Bill Murray and says her also inspired by Gilda Radner, John Candy, Charlie Chaplin, Lorne Michaels, Cameron Crowe and the Beatles.
Some of her favourite movies include ‘City Lights’ (1931), ‘Network’ (1976) and ‘Manhattan’ (1979).
Why is Emma not on Facebook? She said she had to quit because she was “too addicted” to Farmville! “I got to level 42, and I wasn’t doing anything else anymore,” she told Elle. “So I had to stop.”
She knows sign language because she had a deaf tutor. “It’s an incredible language, especially as an actor, drawing on body language and facial expressions to convey things without speaking.”
Stone officiated the wedding of her publicist, Holly Shakoor.
Emma Stone’s upcoming movies
As of September 2016, Stone has signed on to co-star as Billie Jean King in Battle of the Sexes, a sports comedy-drama based on the 1973 battle of the sexes match between tennis players King and Bobby Riggs.
She is also set to star in the drama Love May Fail, based on Matthew Quick’s 2015 novel and Cruella de Vil in a live-action spin-off of One Hundred and One Dalmatians.
She will also play Abigail Masham in the film The Favourite, a story of the political machinations behind the scenes during the reign of Queen Anne, the last monarch of the House of Stuarts, who will be played by Olivia Coleman.
Emma Stone’s famous friendships
In every interview we see with Emma we know we’d like to be friends, did you see her 73 questions with Vogue? She’s just really likable and funny. So it’s no wonder she has some famous besties, including Ryan Gosling and Jennifer Lawrence.
Jennifer revealed in an interview with Vanity Fait that the two were introduced by Woody Harrelson The actor, who co-starred in the Hunger Games series with Jennifer and Zombieland with Emma, thought they would hit it off.
Lawrence told the magazine: ‘She texted me that she got my number from Woody.’ The duo then proceeded to text every day for a year. ‘I feel like it was our version of The Notebook – 365 texts,’ she continued.
Jennifer went on to say not all Hollywood friendships last, it depends on who the person is: ‘Emma is so normal and lovely.’
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The Easy A actress responded to Jennifer’s comments via email admitting she was once intimidated by the successful star: ‘She may not even know this, but there was definitely a time early on when I was like ‘OH HEY MY EGO IS GOING NUTS SHE’S SO GREAT AND VIBRANT AND TALENTED I’M SCREWED I’LL NEVER WORK AGAIN GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD.’
But that jealously didn’t last long: ‘We both really do love each other and care about each other as people, beyond being actors.’
Lawrence echoed the sentiment about Stone and bluntly declared: “If I wasn’t her biggest fan, I would’ve Tonya Harding’d her in the kneecaps.”
Emma and Ryan Gosling have worked together on three movies now, Crazy, Stupid, Love, Gangster Squad and La La Land, and it’s hard to deny the chemistry they have.
During a quick chat with E News, Gosling talked about how great it was working with Emma Stone again. Since they had already made two films together, he claimed that they tend to bring out the best in each other and help each other in ways that are difficult for people who have never worked together before.
Emma has previously said: “I want to work with him in every movie. [Laughs] I’m very fond of him. What a find. That was such a discovery in my own life. I feel like I’m so appreciative of meeting Ryan. We had so much fun together.”
So what did Ryan think of working with Emma?
He said: “Well, it was scary to work with Emma because she’s so good. She’s so unique. Ultimately, it was the best, because there’s nothing that you do that she can’t roll with or turn it into something, even if you throw her a bunch of bad ideas. She somehow magically turns them into good ideas.”