Emma Stone is quickly becoming the coolest kid in school, and her August Vanity Fair cover will probably score her “Best Looking” as well. Stone has three movies out this summer – Friends With Benefits, The Help and Crazy, Stupid, Love – and is currently linked to her The Amazing Spider Man co-star Andrew Garfield.
Like “It” girls before her, Stone slowly made her way up the casting chain. It all started when she dropped out of high school to pursue acting in Los Angeles, scoring her first role in Superbad. “I was playing a senior, and had I graduated I would’ve missed that opportunity, and had I missed that opportunity I wouldn’t be here right now,” Stone explained.
Alas, every journey includes a casting horror story. Stone recalled her toughest moment in Hollywood so far when she auditioned for NBC’s Heroes.
“I could hear that, in the other room, a girl had just gone in and they were saying, ‘You are our pick … On a scale of 1 to 10 you’re an 11,’” Stone recalls, before Hayden Panettiere—who ended up with the role of Claire Bennet—walked out of the room. “I went home and just had this meltdown,” Stone says, calling the experience “rock bottom.”
Eh, Stone can do television when she’s over the inconsistent work schedule that comes with being a mega movie star. For now, photoshoots in St. Barth’s and an on-screen romance with Ryan Gosling will do.