Emma Stone is the overnight sensation that took almost ten years in the making, from performing bit roles as a child to being nominated for an Academy Award, it is with no doubt that she has become young Hollywoods finest.
10. Paper Man
Don’t get me wrong, Paper Man was not a great movie. The 2009 independent comedy-drama was not met with positive reviews by critics or audiences, but one part of the film was unquestionably great; Emma Stone. Despite being blasted by the critics, Stone carried the movie as a troubled high school girl who recently lost her twin sister. Though she starred alongside more accomplished actors in Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Daniels and Lisa Kudrow, she stole the show proving her star power.
9. Magic In The Moonlight
Another movie that was no exactly praised by the critics turned into another oppurtunity to display her boundless on-screen charisma. Starring in a Woody Allen movie alongside Academy Award winner Colin Firth was quite the step outside of Stones comfort zone but she adapted effortlessly, displaying her wide-scoping range. As clairvoyant and mystic, Sophie Baker, she shows us yet another side to her abilities as talented and as captivating as ever.
8. The House Bunny
This was Stones biggest outing since Superbad, where she played the geeky sidekick to Anna Faris’ titular character. Perhaps too beautiful to play the dorky wallflower, her quirky, nerdy charm is what creates many of the films greatest scenes and places the group of misfits as the underdogs we root for. The genuine naivety and innocence of the character is what draws us to Emma Stone as a person as the performance is palpable. Following her string of successful supporting roles, audiences were now desperate to see more of Stone, up front and centre.
7. Crazy, Stupid, Love
While many young actors struggle with the transition into more adult roles, Stone did so effortlessly with her character in this romantic comedy. With a spunky wit, and an underlying sex appeal, she proved herself as a strong romantic lead and her chemistry alongside Ryan Gosling is undeniable. Stone has a knack of playing adorkable ladies that allows to so easily feel a connection with her, and if she can bang Ryan Gosling through her goofy allure, we can too right? Alongside another all-star cast she proves why she is Hollywoods most desirable actress at the present moment.
Stone made her feature film debut in this 2007 Judd Apatow comedy as Jules, the popular high school girl and crush of lead character, Seth. Despite having limited screen time and even more limited material to work with she shone in every scene she appeared in. It was instantly clear that Stone had more about her than the usual ‘hot girl’ in a male-centric comedy. She brought authenticity to what could easily have been a two-dimensional character *ahem* Katherine Heigl. While the movie jump-started the movie careers of Jonah Hill, Michael Cera and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, we’ll always remember it for Stone.
It seems we are a culture obsessed with Zombies, yet this dark comedy takes the crown as the highest grossing zombie flick ever and with good reason. The combination of Stone alongside Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Abigail Breslin created a unique comedic chemistry that created the magnetic force of the movie. As leading lady Wichita, she played a badass chick with a brain, a sense of humour, and the ability to save herself. A truly mesmerising character in a movie loved both critically and commercially.
4.The Amazing Spiderman
It is very rarely you find an actor who can truly nail a comic book characters with as much realism as their inception; to us Emma Stone will always be the perfect Gwen Stacey. Intelligent, charming, humorous, focused; Emma layered the character with true emotion and realism creating a true partner to the superhuman leading man. The naturalistic character is partially the reason behind Gwen and Peters remarkable chemistry on screen and perhaps the highlight of the ill-fated franchise. The blockbuster also set Stone up as a bankable actress.
In Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Academy Award winning film Birdman Stone displayed perhaps her most challenging role as the recovering addict fresh out of rehab.With no room to rely on her comedy or lovable self she was tested with real material and precise direction, yet not only did she conquer it, she was nominated for an Academy Award. A captivating performance she attacks the role with power and fearlessness that opened the floor for where this actress might go.
2. The Help
After a string of high profile comedies that showed off the best Stone had to offer it was her role in the 2011 adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel that pegged her as a capable dramatic actress. Performing alongside acclaimed actors she held her own as Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan in the powerful ensemble. The film won the SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Pictue, and while Stone didn’t win her own award it allowed her to show off her acting chops with some real material, earning her the recognition she deserved.
1. Easy A
It is unusual for a female-led comedy to gain much respect in Hollywood, especially one centred on a high school teens virginity. The difference with Easy A? Emma Stone. The film brought out everything she had to offer; drama, singing, and of course her unparalleled comedic skills. Paired with a series of one-on-one conversations with the audience it is in that 90-minutes she cemented herself not only as our imaginary BFF but also A list royalty. Nominated for Best Actress at the 68th Golden Globes she secured herself as a leading lady in her own right, waving goodbye to her strong background performances.