Emily Jean “Emma” Stone was born November 6, 1988 in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is an American actress. Her mother was Krista Jean Stone (née Yeager), a homemaker, and Jeffrey Charles Stone, the founder and CEO of a general-contracting company. She has a younger brother, Spencer. Her paternal grandfather, Conrad Ostberg Sten, was from a Swedish family that anglicized their surname to “Stone” when they immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island. She also has German, English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry.
As an infant, Stone had baby colic and cried frequently; she consequently developed nodules and calluses on her vocal cords while she was a child. She was educated at Sequoya Elementary School and attended Cocopah Middle School for the sixth grade. Stone suffered panic attacks as a child, which she says caused a decline in her social skills. She underwent therapy but states that it was her participation in local theater plays that helped cure the attacks.
Stone started acting at age four; she wanted a career in sketch comedy initially, but shifted her focus toward musical theater, and took voice lessons for several years. Her acting debut, was at the age of 11. The actress was homeschooled for two years and around that time, she traveled to Los Angeles and auditioned unsuccessfully for a role in Nickelodeon. Her parents later sent her for private acting lessons with a local acting coach. Stone attended Xavier College Preparatory—an all-girl Catholic high school—as a freshman, but dropped out after one semester to become an actress. She prepared a PowerPoint presentation for her parents to convince them to let her move to California to pursue an acting career. In January 2004, she moved with her mother to an apartment in Los Angeles. Between auditions for roles, she enrolled in online high-school classes, and worked part-time at a dog-treat bakery.
Despite frequent media coverage, the actress has refused to speak about her private life. Concerned with living a “normal” life, she has said that she finds little value in media attention. She has expressed her fondness for her profession, and has cited actress Diane Keaton and Marion Cotillard as her inspirations. According to Stone, she suffers from asthma, which she discovered after having difficulty breathing while filming Easy A.
Her mother was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer and was cured in 2008. Stone and her mother celebrated by getting tattoos of birds’ feet, designed by Paul McCartney, a reference to the Beatles’ “Blackbird”, which is a song she and her mother love. She appeared in a Revlon campaign that promoted breast cancer awareness. In 2011, the actress was featured in a collaborative video between Star Wars and Stand Up to Cancer, which aimed to raise funds for cancer research. Two years later, she attended an event by Gilda’s Club, an organization working for a similar purpose. From 2012 to 2014, she hosted the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Revlon Run/Walk, which helps fight women’s cancer.
Stone, alongside three other celebrities, was present at the 2012 Nickelodeon HALO Awards, a television special that profiled five teenagers who are “Helping And Leading Others” (HALO). She attended the 2014 Earth Hour, a worldwide movement for the planet organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature. In 2015, she was part of a fundraising event in support of the Motion Picture & Television Fund, which helps people in the television and film industry with limited or no resources. In 2018, she collaborated with 300 women in Hollywood to set up the Time’s Up initiative to protect women from harassment and discrimination.