Emma Stone is one of the most likable young actresses in the world. Viewers fell in love with her since the 28-year-old debuted in Jude Apatow’s “Superbad,” and now, the actress has become one of Hollywood’s elite as she has just won an Oscar for her role in “La La Land.”
Certainly, Stone’s road to success has not been an easy one. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, the actress, whose real name is Emily Jean Stone, said that she had an epiphany when she was only 14 years old.
While sitting in a ninth-grade history class in Scottsdale, Arizona, the “Easy A” star said that she had a revelation that she needed to move to Los Angeles as soon as possible because that’s where she needed to go.
After school, Stone immediately rushed home to make a PowerPoint presentation she titled “Project Hollywood.” She then called her mother and father into her room to tell them about her plans to be an actress. The plan was for Stone and her mother to go to L.A. where she could go on auditions, while her father stayed in Scottsdale to run his building contracting business.
“It’s nuts that they agreed to it,” said the actress.
Though she was able to get her parents’ permission, the actress had to overcome a few hurdles as she suffered from panic attacks and debilitating shyness as a child. Being in therapy and joining a youth theater helped Stone to cope, and at the age of 15, “Project Hollywood” was put into action.
Stone landed a couple of guest appearances on several shows, but the gigs were not enough for her to pay her bills. The actress started working for a dog-biscuit bakery to make ends meet, and it wasn’t until 2007’s “Superbad” when her career started to take off.
What followed were roles in “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” “The House Bunny,” and “Zombieland.” In 2009, she was cast as the lead of “Easy A.” The movie highlighted Stone’s comedic chops, and it became a critical and box office success, with it earning over $74 million worldwide—which is nine times more than the budget for making the movie.
Stone has certainly come a long way since her “Superbad” days. While accepting her Best Actress trophy at the Oscars, the actress said, “I still have a lot of growing and learning and work to do…And this is a really beautiful symbol to continue on that journey.”
It appears that Emma Stone in slated to win back to back Oscars as the actress is reportedly one of the contenders for the Best Actress award at the big show next year. According to E! Online, the star is already being touted as a best actress nominee for her work as tennis legend Billie Jean King in the upcoming film “Battle of the Sexes.”
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