Emily Jean "Emma" Stone (born November 6, 1988) is an American actress. She made her feature film debut in the comedy Superbad (2007) playing Jules. Her roles became more prominent when she starred in the comedy The House Bunny (2008) and the horror-comedy Zombieland (2009). She is also known for starring in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and Paper Man (2009). In 2010, she will make her first appearance as the lead character in Easy A and also appeared in Marmaduke, in which she voices one of the characters.
Stone was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, the daughter of Jeff Stone, a contractor, and Krista Stone. She has a brother, Spencer, who is younger by two years. She was a member of the Valley Youth Theatre while growing up, a regional theater in Phoenix, Arizona, where she appeared in her first stage production, The Wind in the Willows, at the age of 11. Stone attended Sequoya Elementary School and then Cocopah Middle School for sixth grade. She was home schooled for two years, at which time she appeared in 16 productions at Valley Youth Theatre, including: A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail, The Princess and the Pea, Cinderella, The Wiz, Titanic, Honk!, The Little Mermaid, Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Alice in Wonderland, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and performed with the theater's improv comedy troupe.
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, set to the Madonna song "Hollywood", to convince them to let her move to California for an acting career. She dropped out of high school and moved with her mother to Los Angeles in January 2004, at the age of fifteen.