Equally adept at comedy, drama, and musicals, actress-producer Emma Stone has excelled on both the big and the small screen — as well as the Broadway stage — with a range that's made her one of the most respected actors of her generation.
The Arizona native's breakout role came in the 2007 buddy comedy, Superbad, in which she played Jonah Hill's character's love interest. Since then, Stone has starred alongside the likes of Olivia Colman, Ryan Gosling, Michael Keaton, and Emma Thompson, to name a few, and worked with such filmmakers as Damien Chazelle, Cameron Crowe, Ruben Fleischer, and Alejandro G. Iñárritu.
Stone has received three Oscar nominations thus far, and won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in the 2016 romantic musical, La La Land. "I realize that a moment like this is a huge confluence of luck and opportunity," she said on stage at the 89th Academy Awards. "I still have a lot of growing and learning and work to do, and this guy is a really beautiful symbol to continue on that journey. And I am so grateful for that."
Her latest role is in filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos' Poor Things, a re-imagining of the Frankenstein tale in which Stone plays a young woman brought back to life by a mad scientist. Ahead of the release of Poor Things, A.frame is revisiting some of Stone's essential performances.
Stone made her feature debut in this hit comedy, impressing audiences right away with her comedic timing and knack for physical comedy. Written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and directed by Greg Mottola, Superbad stars Hill and Michael Cera as Seth and Evan, two best friends who are hoping to have some fun at a house party before their upcoming high school graduation. Adopting her distinctive redheaded look for the first time, Stone plays Jules, whose party inspires the bizarre and hilarious day-long beer run that Seth and Evan embark upon.
A comedy of a very different kind, this blood-spattered but heartwarming post-apocalyptic road movie teams Stone up with Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, and Abigail Breslin in search of an amusement park while dodging the ravenous undead. Ruben Fleischer's quirky hit (featuring an unforgettable surprise cameo) proved to be a strong showcase for a steely, shotgun-toting Stone, who returned with the other three stars for the 2019 sequel, Zombieland: Double Tap.
In her first star vehicle, Stone brought The Scarlet Letter to the modern teen comedy as Olive Penderghast, a high schooler navigating the waters of unfounded gossip. Narrating the entire film diary-style, Olive carries on the tradition of classic teen films here as our first-person guide through the challenges of adolescence, dealing with both adults and her rumor-crazy peers. Appropriately, Stone’s performance catapulted her to the A-list.
The bestselling novel about life among domestic workers in 1960s Jackson, Mississippi became an Oscar-winning film from director Tate Taylor, with Stone appearing as aspiring writer Skeeter, whose interviews form the structure of the story. The Help features a rock-solid cast that includes Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain, Sissy Spacek, Bryce Dallas Howard, Cicely Tyson, Allison Janney, and Best Actress in a Supporting Role winner Octavia Spencer, who are all in top form in this Best Picture-nominated drama.
In this beloved ensemble rom-com, Stone appears as attorney Hannah, the one who got away from bed-hopping Jacob (Gosling) – who's now trying to pass his tactics on to the recently separated Cal (Steve Carell). Screenwriter Dan Fogelman channeled his own romantic mishaps into the snappy script, which provides its cast (which includes Julianne Moore, Marisa Tomei, and Kevin Bacon) with plenty of standout moments.
Stone plays Gwen Stacy in this reboot (or alternate universe take on the character, as audiences would later discover). This time around, the web-slinging superhero is played by Andrew Garfield. Stone's Gwen Stacy is a high schooler and an intern at Oscorp, the breeding ground for arch-villain Lizard (Rhys Ifans). Sporting her natural blonde hair, Stone was praised for her endearing chemistry with Garfield and her feisty interpretation of the classic comic book character. The two followed up The Amazing Spider-Man with a sequel in 2014, The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Stone received her first Oscar nomination (for Best Actress in a Supporting Role) for her performance as the addiction-recovering daughter of struggling actor Riggan Thomson (Keaton) in Iñárritu's Best Picture-winning dark comedy. Featuring audacious camerawork primarily consisting of long single takes, Birdman takes viewers on a swirling journey through Riggan's mindset and his attempts to reconnect with his daughter.
Stone won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her transcendent performance as aspiring thespian Mia, whose attempts to catch her big break in L.A. intersect with a romance with jazz pianist Sebastian (Gosling). Chazelle's stylish song-and-dance look at the bittersweet ups-and-downs of life in the City of Angels received a total of 14 Oscar nominations, tying All About Eve (1950) and Titanic (1997) for most nominations ever. Among the nominations were Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Best Original Screenplay. La La Land won a total of six Oscars, including Best Directing, Best Original Score, and Best Original Song for the romantic ballad "City of Stars." A longtime fan of musicals, Stone channeled the acting and singing abilities that she had honed on the Broadway stage in Cabaret to play Mia and win over audiences everywhere.
Stone's third Oscar nomination came for her acidic and hilarious turn in Lanthimos' Oscar-winning dark comedy, which received a total of ten Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Directing. Stone, the lone American in the primary cast, appears as Abigail, the ambitious and scheming new arrival in the court of Queen Anne who uses all of the wiles at her disposal in an attempt to become the favorite of the Queen. Rachel Weisz, who was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance just as Stone was for hers, plays Lady Sarah, the shadow ruler of the kingdom. For her performance as the capricious Queen Anne, Colman won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
One of Disney's most legendary villains gets a stylish overhaul in this origin story of Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmations set in '70s London. Stone plays Estella, whose childhood tragedy channels her love of fashion and ultimately sets her off on a quest for revenge against the powerful Baroness (Thompson) for whom she works. For her eye-popping costumes, Jenny Beavan won the Oscar for Best Costume Design. Stone has signed on to reprise her role in a sequel that will surely feature more of Cruella's anarchic deeds.