Emma Stone (born November 6, 1988) is an American actress. One of the world’s highest-paid actresses, she has been nominated for an Academy Award, two British Academy Film Awards and two Golden Globe Awards, and has won two Screen Actors Guild Awards. In addition to her acting career, Stone engages in various philanthropic activities.
Drawn to acting as a child, Stone began her career with a role in a theater production of The Wind in the Willows in 2000. She was homeschooled for two years; during this period, she featured in sixteen plays in a regional theater in Arizona. She studied at Xavier College Preparatory for one semester, and dropped out to pursue a career in film. As a teenager, she relocated to Los Angeles with her mother. Stone made her television debut in VH1’s In Search of the New Partridge Family, a reality show that produced only an unsold pilot. Following a series of small television roles, she made her film debut in the comedy Superbad (2007), for which she won a Young Hollywood Award. She achieved further mainstream attention in the horror comedy Zombieland (2009).
Stone’s first starring role was in the teen comedy Easy A (2010), for which she was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award and a Golden Globe Award. She followed this breakthrough role with the romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011) and a dramatic part in the critically acclaimed film The Help (2011). Her roles in the successful superhero film The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and its sequel in 2014 were well-received by critics. Stone garnered an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination for the role of a recovering drug addict in the black comedy-drama Birdman (2014). She made her Broadway debut in the musical Cabaret (2014–15).
Stone was born on November 6, 1988 in Scottsdale, Arizona to Krista Jean (née Yeager), a homemaker, and Jeffrey Charles Stone, the founder and CEO of a general-contracting company. As an infant, Stone cried frequently, due to which she had baby colic and developed nodules and calluses on her vocal cords as an adult.As her parents were co-owners of the Camelback Golf Club,she lived on the grounds of the Camelback Inn resort from the age of twelve to fifteen. She has a younger brother, Spencer. Her paternal grandfather, Conrad Ostberg Stone, was of Swedish descent and his family’s original surname “Sten” was anglicized to “Stone” when immigrating to the United States through Ellis Island. She also has German, English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry.