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Emily Jean Stone was born on November 6, 1988 in Scottsdale, Arizona to her parents Krista Jean Yeager and Jeffrey Charles Stone. She is of English, German, Scottish, Irish, and Swedish; her Swedish paternal grandfather, Conrad Ostberg Sten, anglicized their surname to Stone when they immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island. Emma attended Sequoya Elementary School and Cocopath Middle School and was homeschooled for two years before heading into an  Xavier College Preparatory. Growing up, she suffered panic attacks, which caused her social skills to decline. She went into therapy, but confessed that participating in the local theater plays helped cure her attacks. She began acting at age four, wanting to do sketch comedy initially, but decided to go into musical theater and started taking voice lessons.

She made her acting debut at age 11 in The Wind in the Willows, playing the character Otter. While she was homeschooled, Emma appeared in sixteen productions at Phoenix’s Valley Youth Theatre. She went to Los Angeles to audition for a role on the Nickelodeon variety show « All That », but didn’t get the role. After one semester at Xavier College Preparatory, she created a PowerPoint presentation for her parents named « Project Hollywood » to convince them to let her move to Los Angeles to pursue acting professionally. In 2004, she moved to Los Angeles with her mother and began auditioning for roles. During this time, she enrolled in online high school classes and worked part-time at a dog treat bakery.

Emma landed her first role as Laurie Patridge in the television movie The New Partridge Family in 2005, the modern update of the classic television show about the Partridge Family band. She also appeared in an episode of the popular television show « Medium » as the character Cynthia McCallister, credited as Riley Stone. Because there was already an Emily Stone when she registered for the Screen Actors Guild, she changed her name to Emma, after initially choosing Riley. In 2006, she voiced the character of Ivana Tipton in an episode of the Disney Channel show « The Suite Life of Zack & Cody ». She also appeared in an episode of « Malcom in the Middle », as well as « Lucky Louie » that same year. After losing out to one of the lead roles for the television show « Heroes », Emma described the experience as hitting « rock bottom. » She played the role of Violet on the show « Drive », but the show was canceled after just seven episodes. Emma, then, portrayed the role of Jules in the Seth Rogan-written film Superbad, starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera. A reviewer for The Hollywood Reporter found her « appealing, » but felt that her role was poorly written, yet the role earned her the Young Hollywood Award for Exciting New Face.

In 2008, she portrayed the role of bass guitarist Amelia in the film The Rocker, starring Rainn Wilson, Josh Gad, and Christina Applegate. The same year, she worked opposite Anna Faris in The House Bunny as Natalie, a ZETA sorority president. She received praised for her role, even though reviews for the film were generally negative. 2009 brought the Matthew McConaughey romantic comedy Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, where Emma played Allison Vandermeersh, one of McConaughey’s past girlfriends. Emma acted opposite Lisa Kudrow and Ryan Reynolds in the film Paper Man, about a washed-up writer forming an unlikely relationship with a teenager from Long Island. Next came the zombie apocalypse comedy film Zombieland, playing the role of Wichita, one of the last humans in the US fighting off a land of zombies alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, and her on-screen sister Abigail Breslin. The film ended up grossing over $102 million worldwide.

Emma voiced the character Mazie in Marmaduke, a film about a Great Dane who tends to wreak havoc in his own oblivious way. Next came her first starring role as Olive Penderghast in the teen comedy Easy A in 2010, which led to nominations for BAFTA’s Rising Star Award, Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes, and winning the Best Comedic Performance Award at the MTV Movie Awards. Emma began dating Andrew Garfield while filming The Amazing Spider-Man. In October, she stepped on the « Saturday Night Live » stage to host for the first time, describing it as the « greatest week » of her life. In 2011, Emma voiced multiple characters in a couple episodes of the series « Robot Chicken » before playing the role of Kayla in the romantic comedy Friends with Benefits, starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. Next came her role as Hannah in Crazy, Stupid, Love., also starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Julianne Moore, grossing almost $143 million worldwide. Emma ended up winning Choice Movie Actress in a Comedy at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards for her role in the film. She portrayed Eugenia « Skeeter » Phelan, opposite Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, in The Help. The film became her most commercially successful film after grossing $216 million worldwide. The film was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, also winning Best Ensemble Cast from the Women Film Critics Circle and the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

In 2012, Emma appeared in an episode of « 30 Rock » as herself before playing the role of Heather on « iCarly ». She lent her voice to the video game Sleeping Dogs as Amanda, which earned her a Spike Video Game Award for Best Performance by a Human Female. The same year, she starred opposite Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man as Peter Parker’s love interest, Gwen Stacy. The film was the seventh highest-grossing film of 2012 bringing in almost $758 million worldwide and earned her three nominations at the People’s Choice Awards. In 2013, she was a part of the film Movie 43 as Veronica in the segment of the same name. Emma voiced the character of Eep in The Croods, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. She portrayed Grace Faraday in Gangster Squad, alongside Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling.

Emma would reprise her role of Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014, being praised by critics for her performance. She earned a Kids Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actress for her role in 2015. Next, she played the role of Sophie in Magic in the Moonlight, a romantic comedy about an Englishman being brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. She appeared as herself in the James Franco/Seth Rogan comedy The Interview. Next came the comedy-drama film Birdman as Sam, also starring Michael Keaton and Edward Norton. The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning four, including Best Picture. Emma received numerous nominations for her role, including an Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild, and a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress. In November, she starred in the revival of Cabaret as Sally Bowles on Broadway, ending her run in February 2015.

In 2015, Emma portrayed Jill Pollard in the film Irrational Man, about a tormented philosophy professor finding a will to live when he commits an existential act. Aloha came next, where she portrays Allison Ng opposite Bradley Cooper and Rachel McAdams. Emma was part of the Will Butler music video Anna, where she plays Anna. She returned to the « Saturday Night Live » stage in the segment « Star Wars Auditions » in an episode that Matthew McConaughey hosted. It was reported that Emma and Andrew Garfield were reported to have broken up. She played the uncredited role of Claudia Cantrell in the 2016 film Poster: Never Stop Never Stopping, starring Andy Samberg. Emma was in an episode of « Maya & Marty », a sketch show starring Maya Rudolph and Martin Short before the release of her next film, La La Land. The film grossed over $440 million worldwide and earned her first Oscar, along with a BAFTA, Golden Globe, and SAG Award for Best Actress.

Emma portrayed Billie Jean King in 2017 in Battle of the Sexes, a film about the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. The same year, she started dating SNL segment director Dave McCary. In 2018, Emma played Abigail in the biography drama The Favourite, where she received a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination for her role. She next would Annie Landsberg in the television mini-series « Maniac », opposite Jonah Hill. Emma would play the Cook’s Client in the segment « Coffee to Go » in the short film Let’s Dance. She was also featured in Paul McCartney’s music video for « Who Cares » as The Patient.

In 2019, Emma was in the television movie My Favorite Shapes buy Julio Torres, where she voices the character of Shoe. She reprised her role of Wichita in Zombieland: Double Tap, along with the original cast. Emma narrated the documentary web series « The Mind, Explained » and starred in Louis Vuitton’s ad campaign for Coeur Battant. She and boyfriend Dave McCary got engaged in December.

Emma has a slew of upcoming projects, headed by playing the famous Disney villain Cruella de Vil in the film Cruella, which is slated for a May 25, 2021 release. Other projects include The Croods 2The Menu, and an untitled Greek National Opera project. She is also rumored to play Clara Bow in Babylon.