Born Emily Jean Stone
November 6, 1988 (age 27)
Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.
Other names Emily Stone
Years active 2004–present
Emily Jean “Emma” Stone (born November 6, 1988) is an American actress.
Stone made her feature film debut in the comedy Superbad (2007). In 2010, Stone starred in the comedy Easy A, for which she received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Musical or Comedy. In 2014, she co-starred in Woody Allen’s romantic comedy Magic in the Moonlight and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s black comedy-drama Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). For her performance in Birdman, she was nominated for the Critics’ Choice, SAG, Golden Globe, BAFTA, Indie Spirit, and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In November 2014, she made her Broadway debut as a replacement in the role of Sally Bowles in the musical Cabaret, which she performed until February 2015.
Her other films include the romantic comedy-drama Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), the drama The Help (2011), The Amazing Spider-Man film series (2012–14) as Gwen Stacy and the animated comedy The Croods (2013).
Stone was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, to Krista Jean (née Yeager; b. 1960), a homemaker, and Jeffrey Charles Stone (b. 1960), the founder and CEO of a general-contracting company. Stone’s family lived on the 16th hole of the Camelback Golf Club and on the grounds of the Camelback Inn resort from the age of twelve to fifteen. She has a brother, Spencer, who is two years younger. Her maternal grandparents are Donald (1932-1982) and Jean (Eiseman) Yeager. Stone’s paternal grandfather, Conrad Ostberg Stone, was of Swedish descent, and his family’s original surname “Sten” was anglicized to “Stone” when immigrating to the U.S. through Ellis Island. Her other ancestry is Pennsylvania Dutch (German), English, Scottish and Irish.
Stone attended Sequoya Elementary School and then Cocopah Middle School for the sixth grade. She was homeschooled for two years, during which time she appeared in sixteen productions at Phoenix’s Valley Youth Theatre, including The Princess and the Pea, Alice in Wonderland, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and performed with the theater’s improv comedy troupe. Her parents also sent her for private lessons with a local acting coach who had worked at the William Morris Agency in the 1970s and still had Hollywood connections.
Stone attended Xavier College Preparatory, an all-girl Catholic high school, as a freshman for one semester. She gave a PowerPoint presentation to her parents titled “Project Hollywood”, set to Madonna’s 2003 song “Hollywood”, to convince them to let her move to California for an acting career. In January 2004, at the age of fifteen, she moved with her mother to an apartment in Los Angeles and got a job as a baker at a dog-treat bakery.
Stone moved from Los Angeles to Greenwich Village, New York City in 2009. As of 2015, she has moved back to Los Angeles. She has a golden retriever-Irish setter mix dog, Ren.
Stone’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and was cured in 2008. In 2010, to celebrate her mother being two years cancer-free, Stone wrote a letter to Paul McCartney asking him to sketch two birds’ feet because The Beatles’ 1968 song “Blackbird” is her mother’s favorite song. McCartney did so, and Stone and her mother received matching wrist tattoos. Since then, Stone has worked with Revlon and Stand Up to Cancer to help fight women’s cancers.