Emma Stone

By Emily Christianson, Los Angeles Times How she got here: Stone's first gig, a 2007 TV show called "Drive," ran out of gas after just four episodes. But the setback didn't keep her off the career fast track. Soon after, she co-starred in "Superbad" as Jonah Hill's love interest and then played backup to Anna Faris in the nerd makeover movie "House Bunny." Her undead road-trip comedy "Zombieland" became an instant cult classic, but it wasn't until her turn as a virgin who pretends to sleep with her high school classmates in "Easy A" that she gained major recognition. The rising star nabbed a Golden Globe nomination for best actress in a comedy or musical. Where she's headed: There's a lot of romance in Stone's future, at least on the big screen. Her most high-profile fling? As Spidey's girlfriend in the new " Spider-Man" reboot. She's also bound to have a run-in with Ryan Gosling and his wingman Steve Carell in "Crazy, Stupid, Love," and we can't imagine the trouble she'll get into in "Friends With Benefits." What she has to say: "I pushed pretty hard to be the first audition," Stone says of "Easy A." "I was like, 'Please? Can I just go?' …It's such a great part. And it's so rare that you find that well written and that well formed of a character as a girl in a comedy."
Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times
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