Emma Stone Now: Star of Fantasy Film ‘Poor Things’

Emma Stone stars in the 2023 film Poor Things, releasing in theaters on September 8 and featuring Willem Dafoe, Mark Ruffalo, Ramy Youssef, and Margaret Qualley in supporting roles. In the film—directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and based on a 1992 novel by Alasdair Gray—Stone plays Bella Baxter, a woman brought back from the dead by a scientist.

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Who Is Emma Stone?

Stone is an Academy Award-winning actor best known for her roles in popular comedy films like Superbad (2007), The House Bunny (2008), Zombieland (2009), and Easy A (2010), as well as more adult movies like Birdman (2014) and La La Land (2016). She received Oscar nominations for her roles in the latter two, winning the award for best actress for her portrayal of aspiring actor Mia Dolan in La La Land.

She also had roles in the critically praised The Help and the romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love, both released in 2011, and was cast as the love interest of Peter Parker—played by Andrew Garfield—in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and its 2014 sequel. Stone also portrayed tennis legend Billie Jean King in the 2017 biographical sports film Battle of the Sexes.

Quick Facts

FULL NAME: Emily Jean Stone
BORN: November 6, 1988
BIRTHPLACE: Scottsdale, Arizona
SPOUSE: Dave McCary (m. 2020)
CHILDREN: Louise Jean

Early Life and Career

Emily Jean Stone was born on November 6, 1988, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her family’s surname was anglicized to Stone when her grandfather, who is of Swedish descent, immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island.

Stone began acting when she was 11, with her first stage role in a youth theater production of The Wind in the Willows. Throughout middle school, she appeared in 16 productions with the theater, some of which included The Princess and the Pea, Alice in Wonderland, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She also performed with the theater’s improvisational comedy troupe.

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After attending an all-girl Catholic high school for one semester, Stone dropped out to focus on an acting career. To convince her parents to let her move to Los Angeles, the witty actress put together a PowerPoint presentation aptly titled “Project Hollywood,” set to Madonna’s song, “Hollywood.” Her tactic proved successful, and in January 2004, at the age of 15, Stone moved with her mother to a Los Angeles apartment.

Stone soon began auditioning for roles, often standing out for her signature raspy voice. The fiery young actress was so dedicated that she dyed her childhood blonde locks a dark brown, hoping that the change would help her land more serious roles.

‘In Search of the New Partridge Family’

Stone got her first break as the winner of the VH1 reality show In Search of the New Partridge Family in 2004. The reality competition featured eight aspiring young actresses, all competing for the role of Laurie Partridge for a revival of the 1970s sitcom. Contestants were judged on their singing, acting and resemblance to the original Laurie. The young actress, who went by Emily Stone at the time, won over the crowd with a cover of Pat Benatar’s “We Belong,” and landed the role. Although the project never made it past the pilot, it served as a starting point for Stone’s career and led her to future manager Doug Wald.

Early Film and TV Roles

‘Malcolm in the Middle’ and ‘Drive’

After her run with reality TV, Stone began making appearances on several hit programs, including Malcolm in the Middle and Medium. She soon landed a regular role as 17-year-old Violet Trimble on the drama Drive (2007), which lasted only one season. Around this time, Stone auditioned for a role on the hit science-fiction show Heroes (2006), ultimately losing the part to young actress Hayden Panettiere.

‘Superbad’ and ‘The House Bunny’

In 2007, Stone made her feature film debut in the teen comedy Superbad, alongside Jonah Hill and Michael Cera. The film, which was written and produced by Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow, was a box-office hit and received a strong critical response. A year later, Stone starred in the comedy The Rocker, with Rainn Wilson and Christina Applegate; and The House Bunny, with Anna Faris.

‘Zombieland’ and ‘Easy A’

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Emma Stone plays Olive Penderghast in the 2010 teen comedy film Easy A.
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Over the next few years, Stone emerged onto the Hollywood scene with roles in several big films, including Ghost of Girlfriends Past, Zombieland and Paper Man—all of which were released in 2009. Stone’s next big film came in 2010, with the lead role of Olive Penderghast in the teen comedy Easy A. The film, which was inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, surrounds the life of an innocent high school student whose reputation is jeopardized by rumors of promiscuity. Stone’s witty and charming performance in the film earned her a Golden Globe nomination for best actress.

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‘The Help’ and ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’

Stone received critical praise again in 2011, as college graduate and aspiring writer Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan in The Help, a film based on Kathryn Stockett’s novel of the same name. The film was nominated for both an Oscar and Golden Globe. That same year, Stone starred in the hit romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love, alongside Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell.

Stone was cast as Gwen Stacy, the 17-year-old love interest of Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man, released in 2012, and its 2014 sequel. Around this time, she also starred in Gangster Squad (2013), The Croods (2013) and Magic in the Moonlight (2014).

Oscar Nomination for ‘Birdman’

In 2014, Stone received Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for playing a recovering drug addict and daughter of a Hollywood star, played by Michael Keaton, in the drama/comedy Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Off screen, Stone made her Broadway debut in late 2014, starring as Sally Bowles in the revival of Cabaret, with Alan Cumming. She has also received praise for her frequent appearances as a host of Saturday Night Live.

Awards, Oscar Win for ‘La La Land’

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Emma Stone holds her Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in the 2016 film La La Land.
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In 2016, Stone received her first Golden Globe award for her portrayal of an aspiring actress in the hit movie musical La La Land, co-starring Gosling. The film won seven Golden Globe awards, the most won by any movie in the awards ceremony’s history. “This is a film for dreamers, and I think that hope and creativity are two of the most important things in the world and that’s what this movie is about,” Stone said in her acceptance speech. A few months later, with La La Land under consideration for a record-tying 14 Academy Awards, Stone took home the coveted award for best actress.

Recent Film and TV Roles

Continuing her run of acclaimed work, Stone slipped on her tennis sneakers to portray tennis great Billie Jean King in Battle of the Sexes (2017), about King’s 1973 match against former men’s champion Bobby Riggs. Stone and Carell, as Riggs, both earned Golden Globe nominations.

The actress went on to co-star in the TV series Maniac. Based on a Norwegian TV show, Maniac featured Stone and Hill as two finalists selected to undergo a pharmaceutical trial, leading to some mind-bending results. She also returned to a familiar apocalyptic wasteland in 2019’s Zombieland: Double Tap.

In 2021, Stone hit the big screen again playing puppy-stealing Disney villain Cruella de Vil in her live-action origin movie, Cruella.

‘The Favourite’ and Work with Lanthimos

Stone worked with director Yorgos Lanthimos in the 2019 film The Favourite, about three cousins vying for the attention of Queen Anne in the early 18th century. The black comedy was critically praised and nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including best supporting actress for Stone and Rachel Weisz and best actress for Olivia Colman.

The pair teamed up again for the 2023 fantasy film Poor Things, with Stone in the lead role of Bella Baxter and Lanthimos behind the camera.

Personal Life

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Emma Stone, right, attends a San Diego Padres baseball game with husband Dave McCary in 2022.
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Stone dated her Spider-Man co-star, Andrew Garfield, for about four years until they broke up in 2015.

Stone then met writer and director Dave McCary in December 2016 while serving as a guest host on Saturday Night Live. The two were spotted together months later, and a source confirmed to People in October 2017 they were dating.

The couple announced their engagement in December 2019 and tied the knot in 2020. The actress was spotted with a baby bump in January 2021 and, according to a birth certificate, gave birth to Louise Jean McCary on March 13 of that year. They named their daughter after Stone’s grandmother, Jean Louise.

Stone and McCary are known for keeping details of their relationship private, and Stone doesn’t have social media accounts. In 2016, she told Elle, “It makes me so crazy to look at social media. When you see people like, ‘This is the best life ever! I couldn’t be happier,’ you’re like, ‘Shut up, that is not true.’ Not everything comes together in the best way ever, every day. It just doesn’t. Even when your dream you set out for comes true, it’s not always perfect.”

Emma Stone Net Worth

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Stone’s net worth is around $40 million. In 2017, she topped Forbes‘ list of the world’s highest-paid actresses at $26 million.

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