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In a span of less than 10 years, Emma Stone has become a household name and undoubtable talent in the film industry. She’s continuing to score bigger and better roles and was even nominated for an Academy Award this year for her stellar performance as a young recovering addict in Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Birdman. There’s no doubt that this is only the beginning of successful career ahead, but aside from the actress’ talents in her field, she always comes off as a humbled, down-to-earth chick that could get along with anyone.
It’s her likable qualities, along with her candid comments (and hysterical facial expressions) that bring us back time and time again to see her films. Stone’s gone from playing quirky minor roles in films such as Superbad to an upcoming co-starring role aside the critically-acclaimed Joaquin Phoenix in Woody Allen’s Irrational Man. Her road to success has been a thoroughly enjoyable ride, and the more you learn about the 26-year-old actress, the more lovable she becomes. So here are 15 reasons to love her even more (if that’s even possible).
She Had An Asthma Attack In A Fake Sex SceneUnaware that she even had Asthma at the time, Emma Stone suffered from an asthma attack during a hysterical fake sex scene in Easy A. The scene takes place at a high school party where Stone’s character Olive makes a deal with a guy friend to pretend to have sex with him so that the school will stop making fun of him for being gay. Shooting the scene took hours of jumping up and down on a bed while screaming and yelling, and it caused Stone to have a small asthma attack. She joked with MTV about the embarrassing moment on set saying, “Oh for the love, I can’t even simulate sex without dying”.
She Was Almost Claire Bennet In HeroesEmma Stone claims her rock bottom was when she lost out on the role of Claire Bennet in Heroes to Hayden Panettiere. She told Vanity Fair that it was an audition that she considers her most difficult Hollywood moment.
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 who left the room was Panettiere who went on to play the role. But, Stone says that this “rock bottom” is what motivated her to let loose in her next audition which landed her a part in Drive. Drive led to Superbad and the rest is history.
She Was On A VH1 Reality SeriesEmma Stone’s big television debut may not be what you expect. The Birdman has come a long way since her first big gig on a VH1 reality series called In Search of the Partridge Family. The premise of the show was to find people to star in a spinoff TV series called The New Partridge Family. When Stone’s mother saw a commercial for the show on TV, she told her daughter that she looked a bit like Susan Dey, suggesting she gave it a shot. Stone told Newsweek that even though the concept seemed silly, she didn’t regret her time on the show one bit. And it gave us the opportunity to see Stone show off her music chops in an angsty rendition of Meredith Brooks’ “Bitch” which you can watch here.
Her Real Name Isn’t EmmaEmma Stone’s real name is actually Emily Jean Stone. When the 26-year-old actress went to register her name with the Screen Actors Guild, Emily Stone was already taken. She told Interview magazine that she was only 16 at the time and hadn’t done anything yet so she decided she could be whatever she wanted. After going through a list of names she chose Riley, but soon after, she had a bit of an identity crisis:
I had a guest part on Malcolm in the Middle, and everyone kept on yelling, ‘Riley!’ and I didn't know who they were talking to. So I had to change my professional name to Emma, which my mom always called me.
She Taught Woody Allen How To TextThe incredibly talented Emma Stone has recently earned the title of Woody Allen’s latest muse, starring alongside Colin Firth in last year’s Magic in the Moonlight and the upcoming Irrational Man alongside Joaquin Phoenix. As it turns out, Stone helped Woody Allen get with the times. In an interview with The Observer, the critically-acclaimed director admitted that while he only recently started carrying around an iPhone (mostly to listen to his jazz tunes), Stone taught him how to text on the set of Magic in the Moonlight, which was a pretty big deal for the man who still uses a typewriter.
She Got Into Acting So She Could Host Saturday Night LiveThe reason Emma Stone even got into acting in the first place was that she wanted to host Saturday Night Live. She told Vanity Fair that when she started her career she had no foresight, and the only goal she ever had was to host SNL. The Easy A star achieved her goal two times over, scoring hosting gigs in 2010 and 2011 on the sketch comedy show and Stone says that she’d never been so happy in her life.
Walking into Studio 8H and seeing pictures of Gilda Radner and Bill Murray and Steve Martin and Jan Hooks and Eddie Murphy and Molly Shannon and everyone I’ve ever admired in this exact room on this exact stage—I mean, beyond.
Judd Apatow Made Her Dye Her Hair RedThe Emma Stone we’ve come to know and love seems to have always had her signature red-haired doo. But, it turns out that the The Amazing Spider-Man actress is actually a natural blonde. The red hair came about when Judd Apatow told her to dye it for her role in Superbad and it just stuck afterwards. She explained to Interview Magazine: Well, I came in with brown hair and Judd [Apatow] asked me to dye it red at the camera test, so I was already cast in the movie—it was just a thing that happened. Now I'm back to my roots. But I get a lot of questions about hair color. People are very into talking about hair.
She Has A Low Voice Because She Was A Colicky BabyEmma Stone’s signature, sexy voice didn’t just magically happen. She joked with Now Toronto about being one of those smoking babies in YouTube videos, but really she was an extremely colickly baby.
My mom dealt with a screaming baby 24 hours a day for the first six months of my life - 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, because then I lose my voice for, like, a week.
She’s Afraid of Being Lifted Too HighEmma Stone has joked multiple times in interviews about her fear of spiders and needles, but the one fear she didn’t realize was so extreme until filming Crazy, Stupid, Love was her fear of being lifted too high. She told Collider that when Ryan Gosling lifted her over his head, a terrifying childhood memory sank in, and she she couldn’t take it.
I broke both my arms when I was seven, falling forward off the parallel bars in gymnastics and I didn’t realize that I had a dormant primal fear until Ryan lifted me over his head and when I was over—I was like, ‘I can’t do this, I can’t do this’ and my body just completely collapsed into him and kicked him in the throat—my bad [laughs]—but the screams of my panic are the screams they used in ADR overlaying the stunt double that he lifted.
She’s A Wedding OfficiantEmma Stone has surprised us time and time again with captivating performances, but it turns out the young actress’ talents go far beyond the big screen. Need someone to do the honor of officiating a wedding? Well turns out, Emma Stone is your girl. According to NY Daily NewsM, a few years ago Stone officiated the wedding between her publicist, Holly Shakoor and director Ruben Fleischer. Stone introduced the two when she was working on Gangster Squad, and the two fell in love. Fleischer had also worked with Stone on Zombieland, so it was only natural for the actress to officiate the wedding of her two friends.
She Was The Voice Of Ivana Tipton and MazieEmma Stone’s comedic acting has been used for a couple silly roles including the voices of two movie/tv star dogs. Stone was the voice of London Tipton (Brenda Song)’s dog, Ivana Tipton in the Disney channel series, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody back in 2006. Her skills voicing a mutt paid off too, because four years later the young star went on to voice an energetic Australian Shepherd named Mazie in the comic strip adaptation, Marmaduke.
She Convinced Her Parents To Let Her Become An Actor Using PowerpointWhen you ask Emma Stone what she wanted to be when she grew up, the answer is she always knew she wanted to be an actress. Since she was 7 years old, Stone knew she wanted to be an actress, but it took a bit of convincing for her parents. Stone had already convinced her parents to allow her to be home-schooled when she was 12 with a clipboard presentation, so when she had to confess her desire to move to L.A. and become an actress at age 14, she did so with PowerPoint. She told The New York Times that she made presentations because when she feels too strongly about something she gets incredibly emotional, and she learned early to be more logical during these important matters.
She Dropped Out Of High School At 15After presenting the idea of moving to Hollywood, Emma Stone’s parents insisted she found an agent. Finally, when she did, Stone dropped out of high school at age 15 and enrolled in online courses. Though she never got a high school experience, The Help actress told Vanity Fair that she doesn’t regret not going to school one bit. Superbad was shot in what would’ve been her senior year of high school, and had she been in school at the time she would’ve missed that opportunity and probably would not be where she is today.
She Was A Huge Computer NerdWhen Emma Stone was a kid, she was a total computer nerd. She loved building websites and taught herself HTML. She told The Daily Beast that she would totally geek out with computer stuff as a kid, and even secretly wanted to become a journalist with her own column:
I was really just fucking around the whole time, trying to make frames and drop-down menus, so if the chance arose I could be a Web site designer. I wasn’t good at the graphics at all, so I really wasn’t going places. And I had an online newsletter called Neptune, which was an e-zine for girls 12 to 18, where I made up the advice column and wrote articles, because I thought I wanted to be a journalist for a long time—I still kind of do.
She Worked At A Dog Bakery When She Moved To HollywoodWhen Emma Stone first moved to Hollywood she had a hard time finding roles. She told Vanity Fair that those first few months she would audition for pilots and wouldn’t get any call backs. When her agency stopped giving her auditions, Stone took a job across the street a dog bakery called Three Dog Bakery where she made dog cookies. Her customers were not particularly fond of her baking though. Stone claims that she’s “not a super-talented dog baker” since three people called her specific cookies out for being “inedible to their dogs.”