Funny, beautiful, charming. These are just a few words to describe Hollywood’s it-girl, Emma Stone. We’ve watched Emma grow up on screen, starting in teen comedies and more recently moving into sophisticated and emotional roles. Through it all, Stone has stayed humble and not let the fame get the best of her. She comes across as real and a good friend you can hang out with (seriously, we’re in). While her positive attitude hasn’t wavered, we’ve seen her style adapt and excel over the years. Let’s take a look at the always-classic Emma Stone and her transformation from playing class clown to exuding effortless elegance.
Her original fashion inspiration
Emma Jean Stone was born on November 6, 1988 and grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona. Although she had a normal childhood, young Stone knew deep down she wanted more. According to Vogue, the first moment Stone realized she wanted to be an actress was during history class when she was 14 years old. She ran home and made a PowerPoint presentation to pitch the idea of moving to Los Angeles to her parents, handing out popcorn and playing Madonna’s “Hollywood” to seal the deal. And at this time, Stone had the superstar looks, too. Who was her original inspiration? The Spice Girls. Stone told Vogue, “I got platform Skechers. I had bell-bottoms. A lot of peace signs. I cut bangs like Baby Spice because I had blond hair.” With that PowerPoint presentation and style inspiration, it seems this girl was meant to make her way to Hollywood.
Brunettes actually have more fun
When Stone and her mom moved to Los Angeles, Hollywood stardom didn’t come right away. Stone had to do many auditions and struggled to get roles. She told Independent she didn’t have the best agent and was sent out for roles that weren’t right for her. “When I first moved to LA, I had this agent who thought, because I was blonde, that I only wanted to play cheerleaders. So she’d send me out for all these parts where they thought: ‘What a weird 15-year-old. It’s not going to work out!” So in 2004 the teen took a chance and made an appearance change. “So one day, in a fit of trying to do something different, I just dyed my hair dark brown and got my first role a week later.”
Sometime later when Stone auditioned, and later received, the role that would put her on the map, she had another hair change come her way. The producer of Superbad asked Stone to dye her hair red for the camera test. The young actress listened, and as Vogue described, it was “a look that would become her calling card.” She received the part in the 2007 film, and had her big movie moment at 18 years old.
Becoming known as a film actress
Stone’s big movie moment led to many more. In 2008, the 19-year-old starred in two new movies, including The Rocker and The House Bunny. She stuck with the red locks for both films and showed she was here to stay in the movie business. Her natural funny side was well at home with the movies. She told Cinema Blend, “I’m a big smiler and laugher in everyday life so I didn’t really realize how tough it was until I went and did my next movie [The House Bunny]. I was like, “Oh my god! I can laugh, I can smile! I’m not going to get in trouble!” It was interesting to really emote in that way.”
It was at this time Stone was also thinking about the future and how she wanted to influence the industry. A wiser-than-her-years actress, Stone discussed moving beyond acting into her hopes of producing one day as well. “I’d like to come up with ideas and collaborate with people and directors and writers that I like, be a part of movies that have the same idea that the movies that impacted me have. I’d like to be able to do that for people.”
Trying out different roles to find her place
In 2009, 20-year-old Stone continued to focus on film and experimented with different characters. In Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, she stuck with her familiar comedy bit. And in Paper Man, she added a bit of drama to the comedy. Then came one of Stone’s biggest changes in roles. She starred alongside Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson in Zombieland. While the film still had comedic components, the themes also heavily included horror and sci-fi — a very different role for our Lucille Ball-esque Stone.
When interviewed by Collider, Stone expressed her excitement to be taking on a new, intense and more mature part. “It’s been really fun and really different to learn to shoot guns and to try and look tough. I’ve never really played a woman before. I’ve only really played girls…It’s really cool.” Not only was Stone maturing on screen but off as well. Her fashion was shifting from young to fashionable, even having her variety of looks featured in Teen Vogue.